TedStixon

3rd Aug 2022

Spawn (1997)

Deliberate mistake: When Violator turns back into Clown in the alley, watch closely. You can see his shadow beneath him for a few seconds as he's transforming, and it doesn't match the transformation of the giant monster into the Clown... it's just Clown's regular shadow from the actor standing on-set. More than likely, it's a shortcut for the effects - they didn't bother rendering a simulated shadow. You have to look kinda close to notice it the first time, but once you see it, it's obvious.

TedStixon

3rd Aug 2022

Spawn (1997)

Continuity mistake: When Spawn is fighting Violator for the first time, there are some shots of him walking down the alley looking for Violator while holding his gun. In-between shots, Spawn goes from holding his gun with one hand, to both hands, back to one hand, etc. repeatedly.

TedStixon

3rd Aug 2022

Spawn (1997)

Continuity mistake: When Spawn is fighting Violator the first time, there's a moment where a homeless man finds Spawn's gun, and Spawn grabs it and spins around to point it at Violator... only to realise Violator has vanished. In the first shot of Spawn grabbing his gun, he's right next to the homeless man, and the homeless man begins to turn his head in Violator's direction. It then cuts to a wider shot, and suddenly Spawn is a bit further away from the homeless man and the man is no longer turning his head.

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The Puppet Show - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Giles walks up to Buffy, Xander and Willow after The Body is found at the beginning of the episodes, watch the extras walking by in the background. They don't always match as the shot cuts back and forth between Giles and Buffy/Xander/Willow. Ex. When Buffy asks "Vampire?" nobody is walking behind her, but when it cuts to the opposite angle, suddenly two students are walking by from Buffy's direction that weren't there before. This sort of thing happens at least two or three times.

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The Puppet Show - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: After the credits, when Buffy, Xander and Willow sit down to talk about what to do for the talent show, two people walk into the background behind Buffy and are standing there talking throughout the scene. At one point, it cuts to Xander for about one second when he says the line "Whatever happened to corporal punishment?", then cuts back to Buffy, and the two people behind her are suddenly gone. There's not enough time for them to have walked away between shots - they simply vanish.

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28th Jul 2022

The Phantom (1996)

Trivia: Billy Zane was a fan of the character and took the film very seriously. He spent a year working out and doing weight training to build muscle mass, so he wouldn't have to wear a fake muscle suit. He'd also leave set in full costume and drive around, get lunch, etc.

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The Puppet Show - S1-E9

Other mistake: In the very first shot (a long tracking shot backstage), watch the girl practising with her tuba. At one point she pulls her mouth away and then leans back in and starts playing some notes. But you can tell that she isn't blowing into it, and in fact, her mouth isn't even quite touching it. So it shouldn't be producing any notes. Then, almost immediately after, you can also see the actress purposely moving the tuba (sort-of rotating it to her right) to get out of the cameraman's way.

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Trivia: The film is inspired by the classic Mel Brooks comedy "Blazing Saddles," and is intended to be a child-friendly retelling, with many near-identical sequences. In fact, it was originally titled "Blazing Samurai," and it would have been about an African-American man becoming a samurai. It was eventually retitled, and the studio decided to rework the narrative by making it about a dog living in a world of cats, in order to make the anti-racism message more subtle and "universal."

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28th Jul 2022

Life of Pi (2012)

Trivia: Rhythm and Hues won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for this film. It was their third Oscar. But ironically, the company had to declare bankruptcy and lay-off half their staff just a few months before they won. And when the company was brought up during an acceptance speech for the film, the microphone was cut off. This led to widespread demonstrations and protests against the film and director Ang Lee by effects artists, as they are often marginalized, overworked and underpaid by studios.

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Trivia: After Wes Craven decided to cast an actual actor as Freddy instead of a stuntman, famed and prolific British actor David Warner was initially cast in the part, and even did some (really cool and creepy) makeup effects tests that can be found online. Unfortunately, Warner had to drop out of the part when scheduling conflicts arose at the last minute, which lead to Craven casting Robert Englund.

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The Puppet Show - S1-E9

Continuity mistake: When Snyder grabs Buffy after she breaks into the locker, when she turns around, he is holding her hand up by the wrist. The height he is holding her hand up changes a few times between shots. Sometimes it's up by her face, other times it's level with her neck, at one point it's down by her shoulder, etc. Obviously snippets of a few different takes were used, and he wasn't holding it up at exactly the same height each time.

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Continuity mistake: After Joe shoots and kills Hale, it cuts to a wideshot of Duncan and Kell on a catwalk squaring up against each other. Duncan makes a very specific move, where he glides his sword from his right side to his left. The shot then cuts to a medium shot... and Duncan's sword is suddenly on his right side again, and he makes the exact same move a second time.

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Audio problem: Right as Duncan leaps into the "chain room" in the final fight, he lets out a light "Ugh!" sound. Then, about 5-10 seconds later, when Duncan surprises Kell and kicks him... Kell makes the EXACT same "Ugh!" sound effect.

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Deliberate mistake: In the Director's Cut (the version most readily available on DVD), there is literally an entire 15-second chunk of the final fight that is repeated twice within 60 seconds. (It's the bit where Duncan and Kell are fighting on the ground, Duncan kicks Kell, then Kell kicks and slices Duncan) It's impossible not to notice, and it's not they're flashing back to what just happened... they just repeat the same 15 seconds of footage, add different sound effects, and assume people won't notice.

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26th Jul 2022

MacGruber (2010)

Trivia: Of all people, famed director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, etc.) is reportedly a huge fan of the character and this film, and would constantly quote jokes from it on the set of "The Dark Knight Rises." He almost attended the cast table-read for the 2021 sequel series on streaming service Peacock, but was unable to. He sent the director an e-mail to read before the table reading, jokingly saying that the world was "watching" and "waiting" for more MacGruber.

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25th Jul 2022

Dinosaur (2000)

Trivia: The film was originally conceived by filmmaker Paul Verhoeven and effects artist Phil Tippet while they were working on "RoboCop." They envisioned the film as a stop-motion feature that'd be more like a nature-documentary than a traditional narrative. It would have be darker, more violent and more realistic, and would end with the extinction of the dinosaurs after an asteroid hits Earth. Eventually, they left the project, and it was re-written as a more benevolent, family-friendly movie.

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24th Jul 2022

The Phantom (1996)

24th Jul 2022

The Phantom (1996)

Trivia: The film was originally written as a bit of a comedic spoof of superhero and adventure stories by "Gremlins" director Joe Dante and famed screenwriter Jeffrey Boam. Dante was planning on directing it. However, the movie was paused due to budget concerns, and Dante left the project. When it was put back into production, the script was re-written by several ghost writers, and director Simon Wincer decided to play the comedy 100% straight, which original director Dante felt was a huge mistake.

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24th Jul 2022

Small Soldiers (1998)

Trivia: "Small Soldiers" was initially made as a dark, edgy satirical movie for teenagers and young adults. However, due to sponsors, tie-ins and studio demands, at the last minute director Joe Dante was forced to edit the movie to try and make it appeal to kids. This is part of the reason why the film's tone is all over the place, and it sometimes feels very silly and child-friendly... while at other times it feels a creepy and inappropriate. It's a bit of a Frankenstein monster.

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The Pack - S1-E6

Continuity mistake: When Willow is unsuccessfully trying to tutor Xander outside towards the beginning of the episode, after Willow warns Xander he might flunk math, he reaches up and massages his face with his hand. When he does this, he has a pen in his hand. When the camera cuts to the opposite angle, the pen vanishes. Then, when the scene cuts to a wideshot about 10 seconds later, suddenly his hand is in a completely different position between cuts.

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