Things about which Mark was wrong
Mark, like The Fonz, is never actually wrong. But sometimes he is wrrrr-- wrrrrrrrrrrr-- not quite right.
This happens a number of times. Indeed, Simon Mayo once devised a scale of wrongness, with "Elvis is still alive" at one end and Neil Young at the other. These are some of things Mark has been not quite right about.
- Blue Velvet
- Neil Young
- That Elvis is still alive. When challenged on this, Mark argued he'd never actually said Elvis still lived, only that Gail Brewer-Giorgio raised some interesting points - "why was the corpse sweating"?
- Bridge To Terabithia
- AI: Artificial Intelligence
- Charlie Chaplin (and later also Jacques Tati)
- Sir Ken Chuckles Branagh
- The Parent Trap (and Lindsey Lohan - Mark was corrected on this by Simon's daughter Natasha, and Mark accepted it)
- That The Incredibles would not work with kids
- That motion capture isn't acting, it's just standing in
- That out of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren, Lundgren would be the one who would make it, as he had the best American accent
- Christian Bale's silly Batman voice
- That interviewing Bill Forsyth during a screening of Local Hero and thus violating the Code Of Conduct was a good idea
- That he had excluded Chris Columbus from the Top 10 Christmas movies, when actually Columbus wrote Gremlins, at number 5
- That Julian Schnabel would not be a good director
- That Wes Craven is "the sociology teacher of horror movies" - something Craven disproved by writing The Hills Have Eyes 2
- That the Chuckle Brothers are not brothers, but father and son
- That butterflies are called butterflies because they "flutter by"
- That the song There's A Hole In My Bucket is sung to someone called Elijah - it is "dear Liza"
- That there is no blue food in nature
- That he never said "computer games are rubbish" (although when played the tape of him saying it, he said that he had been right the first time)
- That Jeff Goldblum is in the opening scene of Death Wish II. It's actually Laurence Fishburne; Goldblum is in the first one.
- The definition of what a Portmanteau word is
- That The Internationale was originally written in Russian - it was actually in French
- That it's impossible to have a centre parting and be tough (disproved by Jason Isaacs' role as Lucius Malfoy)
- That E minor is the saddest of all keys - it's actually D minor, as pointed out by Sophie Benzing
- That John Lennon says "count me out" on the Beatles song Revolution (after a very long discussion, it turned out that this happens on Revolution 1 on The Beatles, not the single release)
Mark usually gets five out of six right when predicting who will get which Oscar.