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I recently - in the last month or two - saw an advertisement for this TV show or movie. The plot involves bank technology failing. Everyone's credit and debit cards are basically useless.

Answer: There is a 1980 movie, "Rollover," Jane Fonda discovers that her late husband's death is tied to a secret bank account within the confines of of a national Investment Bank. Whose contents if exposed would destroy the U.S. economy, like the stock market crash of 1929.

Thank you for answering, but that is not it. This movie/show appeared to have been made recently, within the last year or two.

What film is it where two people are fighting in a mostly black corridor over an automatic weapon, and it fires, making a semicircle of orange over their heads, illuminating the scene?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: Found the answer elsewhere - I was thinking of The Matrix Revolutions, where Agent Smith in someone else's body is fighting with Neo over an arc weapon of some kind in a darkened spaceship.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Answer: It isn't very much to go on but the first thing that comes to mind is the 2011 remake of "Fright Night." At the end Charlie and Jerry the vampire fight over a shotgun in the underground basement of a building. When it goes off, holes in the ceiling, bring in the sunlight.

I remember watching a movie when I was younger around 1996 and a boy has a learning disability, and he becomes friends with a blind lady who is black. He tries to read but can't because the words look funny to him, so she teaches him Braille. I remember the old lady later dies and the boy becomes so upset that he runs away and finds his grandmother and stays with her until he feels ready to return home to his single mom. I think actress Della Reese was in it. What was this movie called?

Answer: Did a quick Google search, and the television film "Anya's Bell" from 1999 seems to fit the bill perfectly plot-wise, plus it stars Della Reese. Only discrepancy is the date (it came out in 1999). But I'm 99% sure that's it. Check out the Wikipedia and IMDb pages for it.

TedStixon

Answer: Thank you that is the move. I don't know why I thought it was 1996 must have been because of the tape we had it on. It was full of movies that were taped off TV, and they were all from different years, so I just estimated with the year.

Looking for the name of a movie that was either from the 80's or 90's. The only thing I know about it is that a man turns into a pig demon whenever he gets sexually aroused. Eventually, he has to use what has happened to him to fight a demon. The curse is lifted from him and is shocked to discover that his girlfriend is not carrying the curse that he had. As they walk away, it's discovered that another man is now cursed to turn into a demon pig but it doesn't bother him at all.

Answer: You're probably thinking of My Demon Lover (1987).

That's it.

As of this writing, there are 28 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is this the record for the most films in a franchise taking place in the same continuity, and if so, at what point did it become the record? I know there are over 30 Godzilla films, but I haven't seen any of them, and I can't easily find a definitive answer on how many of them are in the same continuity.

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: According to wikipedia Godzilla is the longest running live-action movie franchise with 36 films since 1954, but not in the same continuity. They rebooted several times. But, there are several Japanese and Chinese movie franchises that have between 40 and 60 movies, one even 123. Many are for kids (power rangers style, not counting anime) and their continuity is doubtful at best. There is also a western series called "The Durango Kid" that had 64 movies and the western series "The Three Mesquiteers" with 51. I'm sure India's Bollywood has a couple as well.

lionhead

When I was about 14 years old I remember watching a movie at church during a youth group. I don't remember much except that a bunch of teenagers were on a boat. I remember one of them spearing a dolphin with something and it was dying because he punctured one of its lungs. I remember the boy refuses to kill it so another man hits it over the head about four or five times until it dies then he tosses it back into the water. I saw the move in the year 2000 so maybe from the late 1990s.

Answer: Sound like the movie White Squall.

I'm trying to locate a documentary film made in the 80s... it contained a scene from "a Clockwork Orange", many nude people piling on a bed like a pyramid (in a timelapse), people shown on a beach during the song "Art In America", and then the sun going down while showing a nightclub sign. It used to show on cable once in a while during the 80s and 90s. Title please?

Answer: Doesn't look like that's it, but I will investigate based on that. I estimate this film is made between 1983-1986 based on the music and styles.

Answer: It might be A Documentary on the Making of Gore Vidal's Caligula.

Trying to remember where I saw this scene from - a guy is telling a story about when he saw a racing dog catch the mechanical rabbit it was chasing and got electrocuted in the process.

Answer: Actually I saw it again earlier tonight - it was the criminal minds episode To a Better Place.

Answer: Except for the man and the dog, There is a Bugs Bunny cartoon, "The Grey Hounded Hare," Bugs believes the mechanical rabbit is real and tries to stop the dogs from chasing it, after disposing of them, he kisses the rabbit and gets electricuted.

Answer: In that case, there's the movie The Firm. Ed Harris talks about how if a greyhound catches the rabbit, it will never race again.

Brian Katcher

Except it's not a rabbit, it's a bone. And there's nothing about being electrocuted. He doesn't even tell a story about it.

Bishop73

Anyone recognize this comedy Western, which had a real 1960s feel about it? All I can remember was that it was narrated by two cowboys, one black and one white, who would pop up regularly and sing and play the guitar to the viewer. I shouldn't have to say this, but it was not 'Blazing Saddles'.

Answer: It's the 1965 film "Cat Ballou" starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye play the two banjo-strumming "shouters" (as they're credited) who musically narrate the tale. Marvin won the Best Actor Oscar for his dual performance of Tim Strawn and Kid Shelleen.

raywest Premium member

There was a movie from either the 50's or 60's. The only thing I know about it is that a married couple commit suicide by sitting in a car with the engine running.

This is a horror movie that I watched on the Tubi app/channel. It was made in the 1990s or earlier. A group of teenagers or young adults are being killed by a man and/or his wife. It turns out that the wife was disfigured because of a car accident caused by teenagers/young adults.

Answer: Was it The Burning?

I remember watching a black and white short film in history class in high school. It featured a man about to be hanged (I recall a closeup of his face with tears rolling down his cheeks, and he had a thick mustache). He managed to escape and lead his captors on a chase, but his escape ended up being either a dream or fantasy, and the act of him dropping or his noose snapping is what brought him back to reality. Anyone know what this was?

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: I remember it well. This was the Oscar winning, 1962 short French film titled, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," directed by Robert Enrico. Set during the Civil War, there is virtually no dialogue. It was televised two times as a special edited episode of "The Twilight Zone." It is not part of the series syndication, though an edited version (dubbed over with awful music) is on YouTube. It was based on a short story by Ambrose Bierce, who served in the Civil War as a Union soldier.

raywest Premium member

Answer: There was a 1962 French short film called "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" with no dialog where a man being hung escapes when his rope breaks and when he makes it home the film cuts to him hanging from the rope because it was all a fantasy. The "Twilight Zone" then bought the rights to the film and included it as a season 5 episode.

Bishop73

I remember catching part of a movie or TV show in the early-to-mid 90's, and some younger kid was singing a song about diarrhoea, along the lines of "When you're sliding into first, and you feel your pants burst, diarrhea, diarrhea." Anyone know what this was from?

Phaneron Premium member

Chosen answer: You're probably thinking of the 1989 Steve Martin comedy "Parenthood." In the movie, a kid sings that song. Google it and you can find a clip of the scene.

TedStixon

Answer: There's also an episode of "Two and a Half Men," Season 5 Episode 8, titled "Is There a Mrs. Waffles?" Charlie becomes a children's singing star. He sings about everything kids do playing, eating and sleeping. One song is about doing "potty." I don't remember the lyrics, but he uses words like "poo poo" and "doody."

Looking for a movie set (at least partly) in WWII - all I remember is one scene where an American wearing a helmet with a swastika painted red, white and blue is speaking to American soldiers and trying to convince them they should be helping the Nazis fight the Soviets.

Answer: That sounds like you are describing a scene from the movie "Slaughterhouse 5."

Scott215

I just remembered this brief moment from a movie. An Asian man with shoulder-length hair growls - he has the growl of a tiger or other big cat. In the moment that I remember, he might have been bare-chested/shirtless when he growled at someone. I saw this sometime in the '90s - am quite sure it was not the 2000s or later. Thank you.

Answer: That sounds very similar to a scene in the 1995 "Mortal Kombat" movie. A shirtless man with shoulder-length hair is in the first major fight scene of the tournament, and a few times, they loop in a sort-of tiger growling sound while he's shouting/yelling. (I believe it happens twice.) The only difference is that he's a black man and not an Asian man.

TedStixon

Thank you. I just watched the scene on YouTube, and it seems to be the one I remembered. I must have been mistaken about who did the growling.

Looking for a specific comic book. The comic is about a man who is walking through town and when he tries to approach people, they immediately turn and run in fear. Eventually the guy realises that he's dead and as he keeps walking, his body keeps changing until he looks like a corpse. The man eventually discovers that he was cursed to be a zombie after a girl he got pregnant committed suicide when he left her. The final page shows the undead man and undead woman about to get married.

I watched a sitcom in the early 90s, and there was a family attending a school raffle, hoping to win a trip to Disneyland. They placed their ticket in either box 6 or 9 just before the drawing, only to realise they were looking at the number upside down, and they ended up winning therapy sessions, which angered a young girl because, as she put it, "I needed that therapy!" I believe this was part of ABC's TGIF lineup, so it could have been "Going Places" or "Camp Wilder." Anyone know the show?

Phaneron Premium member

Are there any TV shows that had such bad ratings/view numbers, they were taken off the air rather quickly? After just one, two, three episodes?

Answer: "The Mike O'Malley Show" from 1999 was canceled after two episodes.

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: Tons. One random example which comes to mind is 2007's Drive, starring Nathan Fillion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive_ (2007_TV_series). Only 4 episodes aired before it was pulled off air. It was actually quite a promising show, but the ratings just didn't hold up. "Heil Honey I'm Home!" is one of the more notorious examples: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heil_Honey_I%27m_Home!, a sitcom about Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun living next door to a Jewish couple, cancelled after one episode. More here: https://tvovermind.com/six-short-lived-tv-shows/ and here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_series_canceled_after_one_episode

Jon Sandys Premium member

Which movie is it wherein a Navy medical officer ends up on the front lines of Vietnam and during a firefight he finds another Navy medic during intense surgeries under fire, brings him back to the shop and keeps this medic with him to do completed medical operations?

Is there any way to locate a specific episode of a game show from nearly 50 years going through a network or other company to see if the episode still exists in the studio or retrieve a copy of it (the way that Game Show Network does with old shows)?

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