Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

I think the IMDB guys hate me...

I've made something like 20-30 submissions in various areas over the years, and not a single one has ever been posted. They've got to have some kind of karma system for submitters or something...

Philo
Permalink Philo 
August 5th, 2005
I've posted a number of trivia items over the past couple years with half getting in.
Permalink Yoey 
August 5th, 2005
My update made it in, but not in my words:

"In the flashback where Wonka opens his factory, Johnny Depp holds out his giant scissors in a posed fashion, very much in the style of his title character in Edward Scissorhands (1990)."

I think mine was more like "In the first scene in the movie where you see Willy Wonka, just after he cut the red tape, he's holding giant scissors which obscure his hand in a clear reference to Edward Scissorhands, which was the first movie Johnny Depp and Tim Burton collaborated on."

I may have been wrong about it being the first movie, but I figured they had fact checkers for these things.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 5th, 2005
Oh, and half of it may have appeared as "This movie is the fourth Burton-Depp collaboration in 15 years."
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 5th, 2005
Yeah, I mean the word "collaboration" is an odd one, I remember thinking it was odd as I wrote it. That's definately from me.
Permalink MarkTAW 
August 5th, 2005
The one that killed me was in Bruce Almighty - "Right before the anchorwoman tempts him, he's leaning on a golden calf", which I thought was a wonderful combination of allegory and foreshadowing. Eight months later the calf finally showed up as one of a short list of "Biblical references" - definitely not my submission.

Right now I'm waiting for my submission of "The Island" being a remake of "Parts:The Clonus Horror". I'd think they would be watching submissions for current movies more closely, and I submitted it two weeks ago.

Of course, I never really expected my goof for "The Santa Clause" to make it in: "Of course, there is no Santa Claus"

There are a dozen others I've sent in over the years - never seen a one of them show up; many still aren't documented in the movie I submitted them for at all.

Philo
Permalink Philo 
August 5th, 2005
I think it helps to submit trivia to a movie that doesn't have much already.

I had few that I was sure would get in but didn't, including:

Jurassic Park:
"The scene in the kitchen where the two kids (Tim and Lex) hide from the velociraptors in metal cabinets, is almost exactly like the scene in Kubrick's "The Shining" where the boy (Danny) hides from his father (Jack) in an equally large kitchen in a metal cabinet."

Terminator 2:
"The Terminator cocks his shotgun by flipping it around just like John Wayne did in his opening scene in the influential film, Stagecoach, which made Wayne a star. This might have been James Cameron's homage to John Ford's 1939 film."

48 Hours:
"As Eddie Murphy's character enters Torchy's (the redneck bar) to get information by bluffing as a cop, just above his left shoulder on the wall is an advertisement for a product with the name "Bull.""

Sixteen Candles (still waiting as this was just submitted 2 days ago):
"At the meal scene in which all the family are at the table eating quiche it's possible to see Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe) holding two spoons backwards in one hand so that the handles act like chopsticks."
Permalink Yoey 
August 5th, 2005
Heck, Netflix won't take my reviews. Nothing like slaving over movie review prose only to have it ignored.
Permalink sharkfish 
August 5th, 2005
Here's an idea -

Don't look to popular websites to supply your validation.
Permalink muppet 
August 5th, 2005
I'm assuming your excuse is that you don't define OT as "popular"?

Philo
Permalink Philo 
August 5th, 2005
Nor as a blog.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 5th, 2005

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