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Dec
17
comment Encrypted message in Simpsons Christmas episode 2013
Each code/slogan also appeared on a drawn license plate. Many looked familiar; these images could be hints to the intended state. At any rate, this additional information would likely be of assistance solving that initial group of deduced states.
Dec
11
comment Why does Joss Whedon use the same actors so frequently?
@ChristianRau When Firefly was canceled, Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres both appeared for about half a season in Whedon's other current projects. Nathan Fillion played an evil preacher in Buffy. Gina Torres played a goddess on Angel.
Nov
21
comment In Total Recall, how did Quaid know who to shoot when someone pretended to be trying to “wake him up”?
In the 1990 version, I would stress that this does NOT resolve the question "was it real, or a dream?" which is fundamental to the movie. Dr. Edgemar's explanation could be 100% accurate; the sweat could be either a measure of Quaid's subconscious control over the dream creating cues that his subconscious wants, or Dr. Edgemar could easily be stressed about being the final hope to save the life of a patient. The sweat resolves the question to Quaid's satisfaction, but not an outside observer. I've not seen the 2012 version, but I expect the same applies.
Aug
15
comment What purpose did Quaid serve Cohagen as an Average Joe on the assembly line?
@ShaneFinneran Sorry about that; I haven't seen the new one. As much as I liked the 1990 version, it was definitely something I didn't think needed to be re-made. ^_^
Jul
30
comment Is Eisenheim's sword illusion realistic?
Good explanation of a way to accomplish the basic trick (and fits well with the slight electric spark sound as the sword is released), but I wonder that the sword didn't fall over and lay on the floor. With a good trick sword comprised of two blended metals which makes the tip ferrous, but not the rest of the blade, this might work as shown. Or, of course, with complicit people to fail to remove the stone (the magnet makes sure they don't have to pretend they can't remove the sword, but they need to balance it before letting go). Then again, maybe it would work as shown. Just thoughts.
Jul
5
comment When/Why did American television change from primarily episodic to primarily serialized?
As I can think of counter-examples from across time, I expect this is more a function of your evolving viewing taste than changes in writing. Some shows seem to treat "continuity" in the same manner as out-of-show references; inside nods to their core viewers. Others strive for it as a core goal. However, if this writing change has happened, I expect it to eventually be attributed to "Homicide: Life on the Streets". I've not seen the show (it's on my to-do list) so can't speak directly, but over the years I've heard a LOT about how that show changed dramas.
Jul
5
comment What rules govern how TV show opening credits are structured?
This is a great synopsis of what I'd kinda come to feel the answer was: contract "rules" on a case by case (by case, by case, ...) basis, rather than industry rules or even guidelines.
May
28
comment What rules govern how TV show opening credits are structured?
@AbbyT.Miller Thank you, that was an interesting article. It seems the answer to this question may be "contractual machinations no sane person would want to understand," but the history is interesting. ^_^
May
13
comment History and reasoning behind average length of a feature film
While audience tolerance and production costs likely drive the current decade-ish cycle between shorter and longer movies, I expect the main reason for movie length to be heavily tied to live theater and play/opera performance length over a century ago. Which likely had many factors influencing it. Now I'm curious if anyone has a definitive answer... ^_^
Mar
21
comment Why do so many movies & TV shows feature recognizable, un-branded or re-branded products?
This can work to the viewer's advantage, as well. You know a plane trip isn't going to go well if you don't recognize the carrier. (NEVER fly Oceanic...) Some of these fake-brands are commonly used, as it can save prop/set creation time to use existing hardware. And it lends a sense of consistency to fictional reality. Then, of course, there's the "ordering a beer" phenomenon: cracked.com/blog/4-products-that-only-exist-in-movies_p2
Jan
4
comment Do contemporary cinemas really project at 25fps?
Did you ever see the TV series Connections? A LOT of things don't make much sense, until you learn they make a frightening amount of sense. You might like en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frame_rate for hard FPS numbers. Recording speed (24 or 25) likely depends where the camera was manufactured; playback speed depends on where the projector was manufactured. Converting would only take adding or dropping 2-3 flickers per second, and extending 2 single frames by 1/48 of a second (or 3 by 1/72) you likely wouldn't notice. Speeding playback by 2 seconds per minute wouldn't be really extreme, either.