Brian Katcher

3rd Aug 2020

Noises Off... (1992)

Factual error: Lloyd mentions the show played in Cairo, Missouri. There have never been more than 300 people living in Cairo, and there are no venues large enough for a production of that scale.

Brian Katcher

29th Jul 2020

General questions

Anyone recognize this horror movie/TV show from 1990 or earlier? A surly preteen is walking down a street, when he's accosted by a strange man who says the boy is upset because it's his birthday and his parents forgot. The boy runs off, but obviously the comment hit home. He walks into an abandoned building to find a party with cake and presents all set up for him. He keeps calling for his family to come out, but instead, strange toy robots come clanking out of the darkness. When the boy opens the cake box, there's a severed human head inside which smiles and says 'hi', causing the boy to scream and run off. I was babysitting when I watched this and it was upsetting my charge so I turned it off, and I never got to see the ending, and it always bothered me.

Brian Katcher

10th Jun 2020

The Simpsons (1989)

Warrin' Priests Part 2 - S31-E20

Question: Is there a reason Bart was so conspicuously absent from these two episodes? Homer even asks where he's been.

Brian Katcher

Answer: He was probably irrelevant to the plot so he was not included.

Then why would Homer bring it to our attention that Bart is absent?

Ssiscool Premium member

It's called lampshade hanging. By drawing our attention to it the producers are letting us know they are aware it is an issue.

Yes, but even when the family is having dinner together, he's not there.

Brian Katcher

Question: Why was Preston a private and not an officer like the rest?

Brian Katcher

Answer: Preston was loosely based on the real-life Lincoln Kirstein. Prior to WWII, he was a noted writer and an influential person in the cultural arts in America. When the war broke out, he enlisted in the army with the rank of private. He eventually joined the Army's Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives unit, later known as the Monuments Men. He was selected for his abilities, regardless of his military rank. The movie reflected that.

raywest Premium member

26th Apr 2020

Tommy Boy (1995)

Deliberate mistake: Why would Richard, big Tom's 'right hand man,' have to drive his cherished vintage car on a business trip that would take him hundreds, if not a thousand miles? He surely could have taken a company vehicle. Of course, then they couldn't do the 'car slowly and humorously being destroyed' shtick.

Brian Katcher

17th Mar 2020

Cheers (1982)

Show generally

Question: Was Sam supposed to have been married and divorced before the first episode? I swear I remember him saying something about having been married in an early episode, but I can't remember specifics.

Brian Katcher

Answer: In S01E02, "Sam's Women", Carla tells Diane that Debra was Sam's ex-wife.

Bishop73

12th Mar 2020

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Question: Why did Blackthorn have Reordan killed? The man was an evil genius and would have been a huge help with Blackthorn's plans.

Brian Katcher

Answer: Blackthorn was an egomaniac, there was only room for one diabolical madman.

Question: Wouldn't Watson have noticed that Blackthorn's neck wasn't broken after he was 'hanged'?

Brian Katcher

Answer: There are two types of hanging - the long drop which is intended to break the neck causing a quick death, and a short drop which doesn't break the neck and causes slower death by asphyxiation. There is no reason to check for a broken neck, just whether the person is dead.

Answer: He didn't check the neck, he only checked the pulse.

lionhead

Question: When the Joneses crash land the plane they stole from the zeppelin and steal that guy's car, where are they? Turkey? Hatay?

Brian Katcher

Answer: It's never stated, but they must be somewhere close to, or in, Hatay, since in the next scene they are with Sallah and are going after the Nazis, who are already en route to the Holy Grail. Pretty lucky, considering Indy just booked them on "the first available flight out of Germany."

3rd Nov 2019

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Question: What does the French soldier scream at Cole before he shoots him?

Brian Katcher

Answer: Cole is screaming "Stop!" So you can't hear what the soldier is saying. If you meanall of it its in the line of asking what he is doing there, calling the captain to have a look, ask him where his clothes are and telling him to speak French.

lionhead

12th Oct 2019

Joker (2019)

Question: Does Arthur kill Sophie when he realises he's hallucinated their relationship? I know there may not be a concrete answer to this.

Brian Katcher

Answer: Yeah it's completely up to the viewer to believe he killed her or not. I don't think he did, he liked her, just like Gary. I think he visited to see if it was all in his head, with that confirmed he just left.

lionhead

Answer: Todd Philips actually answered this in an interview on IndieWire; "As the filmmaker and the writer I am saying he doesn't kill her. We like the idea that it's almost like a litmus test for the audience to say, 'How crazy is he?' Most people that I've spoken to think he didn't kill her because they understand the idea that he only kills people that did him wrong. She had nothing to do with it. Most people understood that, even as a villain, he was living by a certain code. Of course he didn't kill this woman down the hall."

Sammo Premium member

18th Sep 2019

General questions

There was a movie about a mad scientist who was trying to create a clone of his dead wife. He had a handsome young lab assistant. When the assistant's girlfriend falls into a coma after an accident, the scientist offers to clone her as well. The assistant declines, saying a clone wouldn't be the woman who fell in love with him; the girlfriend later recovers. The scientist realises he'll never be able to recreate the past and ends up marrying a much younger woman.

Brian Katcher

Answer: Sounds like the 1985 film "Creator", starring Peter O'Toole, although I can't be certain about the lab assistant and his girlfriend. But a young woman who agrees to donate her egg and the scientist fall in love. There's also the 2017 film called "Andover" where a scientist clones his dead wife, although that film has less in common with your description than the first.

Bishop73

Yep, 'Creator' was it. Thank you.

Brian Katcher

16th Sep 2019

Eureka (2006)

Founder's Day - S4-E1

Factual error: At the dance in 1947, a US flag with 50 stars is visible.

Brian Katcher

19th Jul 2019

Good Omens (2019)

The Doomsday Option - S1-E5

God: Crowley was in Hell's bad books. Not that Hell has any other kind.

Brian Katcher

19th Jul 2019

Good Omens (2019)

In The Beginning - S1-E1

Crowley: Ciao [leaves].
Ligur: What's that mean, 'Ciao'?
Hastur: It's Italian. I think it means 'food.'

Brian Katcher

19th Jul 2019

Doc Hollywood (1991)

Question: Why do the Owens go to the doctors to have their mail read? Even a small town like Grady would have a librarian, not to mention they certainly have friends who can read.

Brian Katcher

Answer: That's just the long-standing relationship they had with Doc Hogue and assumed it would continue with Dr. Stone. Hogue was more than a doctor to the town folk. He was a strong father-figure that everyone felt they could go to for a variety of reasons. Also, this is a comedy film, so the characters and their situations are deliberately cliched and quirky.

raywest Premium member

Chapter Two: The Mall Rats - S3-E2

Trivia: The song Scott Clarke is listening to is not 'My Sharona, ' but actually 'My Bologna, ' by Weird Al Yankovic.

Brian Katcher

3rd Jul 2019

Good Omens (2019)

Trivia: Throughout the series, Crowley has a drawing of the Mona Lisa hanging in his apartment. According to The Book, this was the original sketch for the painting, which he'd bought from da Vinci, who complained he was never able to replicate the smile.

Brian Katcher

16th Jun 2019

Good Omens (2019)

The Book - S1-E2

Trivia: In the Des Moines diner, there's a brief shot of an elderly cook with sunglasses and sideburns. This is a reference to The Book, where Elvis Presley had faked his death and was living anonymously as a fast food cook.

Brian Katcher

Continuity mistake: When Monster Zero is standing victorious over the Mexican city, a traffic light changes from red to yellow.

Brian Katcher

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