littlestar

10th Mar 2011

The King's Speech (2010)

Question: I don't know anyone who stammers so I'm asking here: That trick Lionel pulled when he had Bertie reading with the earphones on and the music blasting - does it really work? Bertie obviously thinks he's still stammering, but don't stammerers sense if they're doing it even if they can't hear themselves speaking? And if it does work, why the drama with the radio broadcasts? Bertie could have put the earphones on and simply read the broadcast like he did "Hamlet".

Answer: The technique is called "masking" and all though it can sometimes help those who stutter it is not 100% reliable. It will make some stutter less, others will not notice any difference. It would probably be very inconvenient to Bertie not to hear himself at all during an important speech, not to mention that those around him might find the whole thing strange. You can read more about research on this technique and other similar ones here: http://ajslp.asha.org/cgi/content/abstract/16/1/77

littlestar

7th Aug 2010

House, M.D. (2004)

Lines in the Sand - S3-E4

Question: In this episode, an autistic child is trying to communicate to House what he ate that might have made him sick. The entire episode he is drawing mysterious squiggle lines on a chalk-board that nobody could decipher what he meant. The entire episode, one of those "perpetual motion" rectangular, water novelties is swaying back and forth near the child. You'd think that the child is drawing squiggles to imply he drank some of the chemical from the novelty toy, but at the very last second BAM! Turns out he ate sand from the sandbox. End of episode. Did the writers do this intentionally? Why was the kid drawing squiggles the whole time? Why was the perpetual motion toy next to the child the whole time? Why didn't he draw a box to imply "sandbox" or dots to imply "sand". Was the squiggles to throw the viewer off, or was there some sort of symbolic correlation between the squiggles the child drew, the wave toy, or both?

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Chosen answer: He's communicating what is wrong with his eyesight. He sees these lines and it makes his vision blurry.

littlestar

30th Dec 2009

General questions

Does anybody know the name of a tv-series (English I think) about a stewardess who has 2 husbands in different countries, and they of course don't know about each other. So she leads 2 different lives, one in Italy and one in England, if I remember correctly.

Answer: You're probably thinking of "Coffee, Tea or Me?" from 1973, starring Karen Valentine.

littlestar

10th Mar 2009

General questions

I am trying to find a movie about a woman who has bone cancer and decides not to have it treated as she wants to spend quality time with her daughter without being sick from chemotherapy. She and her husband and daughter move to the mountains and she makes tapes for the daughter to see when she is older and no longer has a mother. Its a really sad movie and ends with John Denver's song "Sunshine" when she dies. Any clues? I cannot remember the title and would love to find it.

Answer: "Sunshine" is actually the title of the movie(made in 1973), while the title of the song is "Sunshine on my shoulders". You can find the dvd-version of the film here: http://store.jdvds1994.com/sudvd19mowch.html

littlestar

20th Feb 2009

General questions

I'm looking for a Snow White film, possibly made for TV. All I can remember is a montage of the very young Snow White being in the Dwarves' cottage, then growing older. She's still wearing the same dress, but she adds on fabric to make the sleeves and the skirt longer. Someone remarks on the several hem lines and added cuffs. It's not "Snow White: Fairest of Them All" or "Snow White: A Tale of Terror". Please help.

Answer: It sounds like the version of Snow White made in 1987, starring Sarah Patterson and Diana Rigg. It's a musical version, and you can find the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olHCCSzTcT8.

littlestar

17th Dec 2008

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Question: What is the chant / song that is sung by Sophie, Ali and Lisa about 3 mins in to the film? (00:03:00)

Answer: It goes: "We're Sophie, Ali, Lisa, we're the greatest, bestest mates. I'm tough! I'm tall! I'm tiny! And we're gonna rock this place!"

littlestar

8th Dec 2008

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Question: I am wanting to know what tune, song or piece of music is playing when Sophie is walking down the aisle? I am assuming it is an ABBA song, is that correct? Thanks for any help you can give.

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