JC Fernandez

7th Aug 2010

Die Hard 2 (1990)

Corrected entry: When John McClain sends Officer Powell the fax of the fingerprints, notice the direction he feeds the page into the fax. The middle two fingers' prints are the first two prints to go across the scanner, followed by the outer two fingers' prints. With a fax, the first thing scanned is the first thing printed. Therefore, when Powell received the fax, the middle two prints should be at the bottom of the page with the outer two prints higher up on the page. You can see when Powell removes the page out of the machine that this is not the case. (00:24:20)


Correction: Faxes are not "streamed" live; in other words, the data is not being printed by one machine while it's scanned by the other. Instead, the machine scans the image and creates a file. That file is transmitted to another machine, which then prints the image according to its system preferences. So it's entirely conceivable for one machine to scan from "top" to "bottom" and another to print from "bottom" to "top."

JC Fernandez

7th Aug 2010

Contact (1997)

Corrected entry: While Ellie is traveling through the wormholes, the chair tears away from the ceiling and then gets thrown toward the ceiling as the pod stops, apparently. The pod was made of man-made materials. Assuming she was traveling at about a bazillion miles an hour, the chair would have ripped right through that pod like paper when it stopped.

Correction: If you can buy that humans would be able to construct the transporter at all, then you can certainly buy that there may have been some kind of magnetic or force field that protected the physical integrity of the pod. Besides, the film establishes that the events that took place during Ellie's interstellar journey didn't physically occur (if they occurred at all). It's unclear whether the chair was damaged at all after she "returns."

JC Fernandez

The events did physically occur, she physically travelled through wormhole (and therefore she didn't necessarily travel a bazillion miles an hour, as a wormhole is a shortcut between two locations). The real question here is, why did the chair crash against the wall when Ellie and the compass were weightless and floating? Obviously the crash was not caused by speed but just by the magnetic field (it was a metal chair). As such, it would not have crashed through the wall.

30th Aug 2010

Star Trek (2009)

Corrected entry: In the scene where Kirk is taking the Kobayashi Maru, the tactical report refers to the enemy ships as Klingon Warbirds. However, when you can see the view screen, the vessels shown are actually Klingon D-7 Battle Cruisers.

Correction: You're confusing Klingon warbirds with Birds of Prey. Putting aside that name changes could be easily explained as a change due to the altered timeline, the term "warbird" in relation to the Klingons was established in Star Trek: Enterprise (which predates the film's chronology). D-7 Battle Cruiser may be the technical term for the ships and "warbird" its nickname, much like an A-4 aircraft is also called a Skyhawk.

JC Fernandez

8th Sep 2010

Poltergeist (1982)

Corrected entry: In the scene where the chairs are stacked up on the table, while JoBeth Williams ducks under the counter to get something, you can see the reflection in the waffle iron of the crew moving around off-camera to manipulate the chairs. It can't be a reflection of the chairs moving because the chairs are light-colored and the shadows are dark.

Correction: The reflection isn't distinct in any way. You certainly can't identify them as human. Just because you know how the effect was accomplished doesn't exclude the possibility of an explanation within the fictional movie world. Perhaps there was some other poltergeist activity in the kitchen beyond the chairs. We see the ghosts move objects (chairs, the coffee pot, a steak, the piano) throughout the movie. Not to mention when they physically manifest themselves. The fact is that there are any number of story-related possibilities for the indistinct movement in the reflection.

JC Fernandez

8th Sep 2008

Batman (1989)

Corrected entry: When the female newscaster is dead on the floor she takes a slow, deep breath.

Correction: Because she's not dead yet, she's dy*ing*.

JC Fernandez

27th Aug 2001

Batman (1989)

Corrected entry: During the Joker's parade the size of the balloons increases, instead of decreases, as the gas is released. Whether this is from the balloons or the canisters is irrelevant, the ballons still increase in size immediately and continue to do so until Batman captures them. They do not appear to increase in size as Batman takes them into the upper atmosphere so the size change has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure.

Correction: What's the mistake here? That the balloons increase in size? They're being inflated with the compressed gas from the canisters underneath, the gas expands as it's being released inside the balloon. That they no longer increase in size when Batman arrives? The gas in the canisters has been exhausted.

JC Fernandez

30th Jul 2010

Goldfinger (1964)

Corrected entry: Although the gaffe of the crushed Lincoln Contintental demolishing the suspension of the Ford Falcon Ranchero (5,000 lbs. vs. an 800 lb. capacity cargo bed) seems to be pretty well known, there was another, very similar mistake made in the same film. In 1964, a troy ounce of gold was worth $36. If Mr. Solo got $1 million worth of gold bars in the back of the Lincoln Continental, he's got almost 2,000 lbs. worth in the trunk. The trunk can in reality only hold about 400 lbs.

Correction: The assumption of whether he was given the correct amount of gold is irrelevant. The weight of the crushed Lincoln would have easily exceeded the cargo capacity of the Ranchero.

Corrected entry: When the mob is outside the Simpsons' home, they say, "No we won't, we just want Homer! However, when they burst in, Krusty says, "Teeny, get the baby!


Correction: They are trying to get in the house and kill Homer. I think what Krusty meant was remove the baby so it was easier to get to Homer.

Correction: So the mob lied. Or Krusty lied. Or Krusty wasn't one of the voices claiming they only wanted Homer. Or he changed his mind.

JC Fernandez

It was Carl who said "No, we won't, we just want Homer!", not Krusty.

2nd Jul 2010

Hercules (1997)

Corrected entry: When Hermes is talking to Zeus and Hera at the beginning, he talks about Narcissus and Orpheus, who were both mortals and died in Greek mythology. (00:03:35)

Correction: Deviations from the source material don't constitute a mistake, as long as they remain internally consistent within the movie's world. "Hercules," for example, is from Roman mythology, not Greek mythology. This is trivia, but not a mistake. It would only be a mistake if at some point in the film they establish his name as "Herecles."

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Bond goes back to the control room to hit the self-destruct button, he goes in completely unarmed. Bond is supposedly the best secret agent in the world, but as he's going up the stairs, with dead bodies and weapons all around him, he doesn't pick up a weapon before going into a room where armed guards are most likely present.


Correction: It's never stated anywhere that Bond is "the best secret agent in the world." He's a skilled agent, yes. But also not immune to arrogance.

JC Fernandez

14th Jul 2010

Alien 3 (1992)

Corrected entry: In both the theatrical and director's cut versions of the movie, right before Murphy gets killed in the vents, he calls out to the dog "Spike". Because in the theatrical version the alien incubated inside the dog, Murphy mistakes the alien for the dog. However, in the director's cut, the alien incubates inside an ox instead of the dog, but Murphy still calls out to Spike even though the dog doesn't even exist in this version of the movie.


Correction: There could still be a dog, even if it was unseen.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: During the Mace Windu/Palpatine duel Palpatine manages to kill the 3 Jedi accompyaning Mace. Yet throughout the remainder of the duel and Palpatine and Anakin's conversation there is no trace of the three dead Jedi.

Correction: Not a mistake. The rest of the fight takes place outside Palpatine's office. As soon as Kit Fisto (the Jedi with the tentacles) is killed, Palpatine backs Mace Windu into the corridor and then into a room at the other end of the corridor.

JC Fernandez

30th Jun 2010

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Corrected entry: When the toys return to Andy's 'attic' box in the end and he decides to take them to Bonnie, he never questions how his toys have gotten from the garbage bag to the box, despite the fact that the garbage man should have taken the bag away long ago since Andy's mom placed it on the curb.

Correction: He never knows for certain what happened to the toys. He probably assumes his mom found the toys and put them in the box for him. Just like he probably assumes the note on the post-it was written by his mom.

JC Fernandez

Incorrect. Mrs Potato Head had discovered that she could see Andy through her other eye at home. You can actually make it out that Andy is looking for the bag of toys and asking his mother where they are. We then see her realise what she had done, so now Andy thinks they were binned. He doesn't react because he is just happy to know they weren't destroyed. However, it is a similar mystery to the one in Toy Story 1 when Andy isn't baffled that the toys who have been missing for a day suddenly appear next to him in the car.

Corrected entry: In the original Empire Strikes Back Vader quotes "Bring my Shuttle." Which a lot of fans thought was better than "And let my Star Destroyer prepare for my arrival." In SE there is a scene with Vader walking towards his shuttle, which makes more sense. However the original didn't make any sense. The phrase "bring my shuttle" claims the shuttle isn't there at all, it's not waiting it's just not there. Unfortunately Vader beats the Falcon to the Star Destroyer which doesn't make sense. If the shuttle wasn't there already and bring it implies it wasn't waiting then how could Vader get there so fast. Logically if Vader planned to leave the city he wouldn't tell his shuttle to leave well before than, and the Falcon was picking up Luke and about to go outer space. So unless the shuttle was parked right next to the docking platform it doesn't makes sense on how he got to the destroyer first which is why it was changed in SE.


Correction: You assume Vader's shuttle is on the Star Destroyer and has to return to Cloud City to get to him. The shuttle could have been docked elsewhere in Cloud City and Vader was instructing his officers to bring it closer to his location.

JC Fernandez

21st Jun 2010

X-Men 2 (2003)

Corrected entry: In the climax, when Wolverine struggles getting towards Jean, some of the flesh on his body is ripped off by Jean's mutant power. The flesh then is quickly back by Logan's rapid healing ability. But the hair on his chest also comes back the same as it was before. This is not supposed to happen. (01:32:35)


Correction: First, this is for the wrong film. The sequence you're describing is from X-Men 3. Second, as you say, these are *mutant* powers. The very definition implies that the abilities don't conform to anything natural as we understand it.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When the first transport leaves Hoth, the ion cannon fires four shots quite rapidly. However there are only two of the shots that take down the Imperial Cruiser.


Correction: Here's the precise sequence: 1)The ion cannon fires two shots. 2)Two bolts fly past the transport with a third coming from the planet. 3)Reverse angle of the transport, two bolts fly past the transport and head to the star destroyer. 4)A closeup shot of the star destroyer taking two hits. It's unclear whether the bolts flying past the transport in shot 3 are intended to be the same bolts that flew past in shot 2 from a different angle (a common filmmaking practice) or an additional 2 shots. Regardless, the ion cannon may have simply missed some of its shots. The sequence can be reviewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUSOjCpqJmA&feature=related (Time: 04:47-05:01).

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Why would Doc label the toy car "time machine" when they both knew what it was? Having the car marked like that would only make sense for Clara to see it when she arrives at the livery so she would assume that Doc was telling the truth when he told her he was from the future. Since Marty and Doc wanted to minimize their true identities and their association with the future, they should have covered the train set up, just in case they failed in their attempt and/or had to come back.

Correction: This is a question, not a mistake. We already know from the first film that Doc is meticulous (apologizing for the model not being to scale).

JC Fernandez

Correction: Because, as can be seen throughout this movie (crewmen beaming off the ship to assassinate the Klingon ambassador, then tampering with files to make it look like the Enterprise fired the torpedoes) he's not a very good security officer.

JC Fernandez

Correction: That's probably because Chekov is the Navigator and Second Officer and therefore is usually chained to the bridge.

Final Mission - S4-E9

Corrected entry: Why would the Enterprise need to tow the barge all the way through the asteroid belt? The reason given was they needed the deflector shields to clear a path through the asteroid belt. They could easily tow it enough to build up enough inertial speed, and then calculate the correct trajectory and have the computer tell them when to cut it loose on that trajectory towards the sun. Then increase speed and pull out ahead and clear out a clear path for the barge to pass through at a safe distance. The only reason to do it the way they did was to make it more dramatic.


Correction: You assume the asteroids are stationary. If the Enterprise is too far ahead, a stray asteroid could still enter the barge's path.

JC Fernandez

13th Jun 2010

Cars (2006)

Continuity mistake: When McQueen leaves Radiator Springs, he still has his new hot rod paint job from Ramone. When he exits the trailer at the track in California, he is back to his racing paint job.

Upvote valid corrections to help move entries into the corrections section.

Suggested correction: It did not occur "suddenly". He got repainted somewhere in between his leaving Radiator Springs and arriving at the race. No mistake.

JC Fernandez

What about immediately after the race? Also note the commentator during the race remarks on his 'white wall tires of all things', which are absent, until he finishes the race that is.

There was no indication that he stopped anywhere else to get repainted bright red for the last race and then painted back to metallic red after the race.

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