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What Wrecks Your Willing Suspension of Disbelief?

By Mrs. Julien | Comment Diversions | June 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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This weekend's Comment Diversion comes from koko temur who was kind enough to follow the email link at the bottom of the article and send me not one, but THREE diversion ideas. Peace and blessings be upon her:

"We all have certain subjects that when depicted on screen, we cannot suspend disbelief about them. Some people on Pajiba were really bugged by legal aspect in Orphan Black while I couldn't care less, but I will go crazy about mild mistakes in military regulations on screen."

There is a story, possibly apocryphal, that when Steven Spielberg was making Jaws, a studio executive questioned his decision to [SPOILER] blow up the shark. Spielberg is touted to have replied that if the audience was still with him at that point in the movie he could do whatever he wanted to the shark. Of course, he did have the audience with him and it did work; however, that is not always the case...

I can't watch the movie Cars. They're CARS. They have no opposable thumbs and yet they live in a human-type world that would have been impossible for them to construct. It makes no kind of sense. I can't let it go. It's all I think about while watching the movie. I can agree to The Penguins of Madagascar making functional binoculars out of Dixie cups and elastic bands, but cars with restaurants and hotels is sheer insanity!

As anyone who has seen my Cannonball Read 5 reviews can attest, I have been sojourning in the Land of Shameful Reading Choices for over a year now. Yes, over a year of genre fiction set almost exclusively set in the nineteenth century. But for all the " fun consumable books" (H/T Babybearstrikesagain) I have been reading, there is only one thing in all of the genre silliness that can destroy my willing suspension of disbelief. No, not that one time a character was a freaking Valkyrie. It's when mistakes are made in the period clothing descriptions or toilette. Frankly, my perception of these mistakes is based on my over-inflated sense of my knowledge in this area, but it doesn't change the fact that historical inaccuracies lift me out of the story every time.

One more and then it's your turn. I have a lot of irks-

In the cubicle world, I am a secretary. No, I'm not supposed to use that term any more, but the other name sounds like I'm trying to make myself sound fancy and, besides, "secretary" is just easier. As an administrative professional (See? It sounds silly.), it annoys me to no end in movies and on TV when the secretary to a senior executive is a. under the age of 35, or better yet 40, or b. has any real say in the functioning of the company, or c. has a cheeky relationship and "speaks truth to power". It just doesn't work like that. You are are a minion, no matter how nice your boss is : minion. Secretaries don't move up the ladder into senior management roles. We make travel arrangements and tweak your presentations.

What logical thing gets in your way when you are trying to disappear into a movie or work of fiction? Is it the Cars thing? It's the Cars thing, isn't it?

Just one more: When characters in movies and on TV lovingly smell flowers that have no scent such as carnations. Idiots.

Okay, now you.

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  • TMP311

    "Secretaries don’t move up the ladder into senior management roles. We make travel arrangements and tweak your presentations."

    You forgot to add, "and don't get credit for it." :D

  • mirage1

    Helmets with lights shining into their faces, or dash lights that brightly illuminate people's faces. Really, I want to see outside, not in the car.

  • Salieri2

    Anachronistic idioms in period/genre films: one misplaced "Okay" will yank my brain awake.

    SWAT teams or military groups who have goggles, but don't wear them. Seriously, go into that firefight with your eye protection on your FOREHEAD. See if I care, I'm going for popcorn.

  • wonkeythemonkey

    Two words: "magnify" and "enhance."

    Though to be fair, I'm seeing an increasing number of GOOD examples of image enhancements on forensic-type shows.

  • Subversable

    When a computer enhances images the way they do in the movies, it's extrapolating and adding information based on statistical probability. I'd like to see this trope subverted, where they do the magical image enhancement and get a crystal clear picture that is completely wrong.

  • LexieW

    Gigantic text messages that take up the whole screen of a phone, with the text at least 24pt. This is mostly an American thing, but my god, how hard would it be to just insert the text in post like they do in Sherlock?

  • Mrcreosote

    Buildings. It's because it's what I do, but buildings in the movies do not behave like buildings in real life. You can start with the easy things. There are rarely ducts that are big enough to accomodate a person. Hell, in most modern buildings the ducts won't accomodate a hefty cat. Even if the ducts were large enough, they carry air. They are hung by wires. Also, I'm amazed at the amount of sound dampening that allows adults to clamber through

    Also if anyone has a line on that software that draws complete building plans in 3D in real time, and is available wirelessly streaming, please shoot it off to me. That would be nice.

  • I have issues with any alien movie that tries to convince me that aliens with giant heads and three long sausage fingers can somehow construct these super intricate machines and spacecraft.

  • The secretary age thing gets me, too. Anything on an executive level where the person's not Don Draper's age (Jon Hamm is 42 or 43) and I'm ready to trash the entire movie. I'm tongue-in-cheek about criticizing Friends with Benefits for this trope (the Timberlake-Kunis one, not the shitty Portman-Kutcher one), but it just lampoons itself in such an adorable way that I really can't be mad at it. Ever.

    Also: SHOWERING WITH JEWELRY ON.

  • C. Corkran

    Whoever decided that ribs were superflous bones that tv heroes can break at will... I know it's a cool bone to break, because it's more mechanically comprehensible that one could fight people and run long distances with broken ribs than with broken femurs, but guess what, that's your lung under there. A broken rib hurts like a bitch and can be easily more life threatening than a broken shinbone.
    Just because we have many ribs doesn't mean they're there just to look pretty.

  • MarTeaNi

    - Anyone's hair suddenly turning white due to fear/evil/etc. That's not how hair works.
    - Characters who "can't breath" but can TALK. This is generally a vampire thing. Also terrible when the vampires run around and then are out of that breath they don't breathe.
    - Any time a character makes an assumption with zero reasoning behind it, just to push the story forward. Prometheus is a good example. "This single figure pictograph is proof that aliens genetically engineered humans and now want us to come visit them in space." WHY WOULD YOU EVER THINK THIS?

  • Mrs.P

    I am all about being entertained (plus I am very gullible) so I am willing to believe most anything. That being said, I lost any composure I may have had when the freakin' dog in Independence Day survived an explosion that roasted just about everyone else. It still pisses me off!

  • competitivenonfiction

    This used to bother me too, but my dad's cat survived a fire that destroyed his whole house. It lived in the house for 3 days, then was scared off by the remediation people and lived feral in a blackberry bush for a week before they managed to catch it and get it to a vet.

  • appletini

    Blood coming out of someone's mouth no matter where or how the person has been injured. ...unless biting your own tongue is the most common reaction of people to their impending, touching death? Then they should death-speech with a lisp.

  • JrFanBoy

    true story - there is a point in "The Mummy" with Brendan Fraser where the biplane they have been escaping in crashes in the desert. After everyone gets out, the plane sinks into the sand. Person I'm watching with says, "Oh! That would NEVER happen!"

    Go figure.

  • Addicct

    Many of mine have been stated already, but another is really obvious, badly done CGI.

  • kucheza

    I have a hard time pretending all the female doctors/lawyers/cops/scientists/spies/housewives etc. in the world are models of youthful, modern (and often fairly bland) heterosexual attractiveness. I like looking at a pretty face as much as anyone else, but there's just more diversity in physical appearance in the world...

  • competitivenonfiction

    Around my house, the joke is that they got into policework or whatever when their modelling career didn't work out.

  • Jawad Mateen

    I know it's been pointed out a lot but stretching suspension of disbelief is not an infinite number of bullets in the clip or endless amount of pounding one can take... Usually it's there in stupid action movies anyway... On the other hand, watch 'Soutland' where being near to a shotgun fired makes your hearing 'visibly' damaged or a shootout in a closed environment makes people puke and piss their pants...
    It's unbelievable when something inexplicable happens in a supposedly smart movie... Like in TDKR when Batman announces his return by lighting a giant bat symbol on fire...Just imagine him painstakingly doing all the little things he's gotta do to pull that off OR just recently the zombie-like white walkers in GAME OF THRONES spreading severed horse limbs in the shape of a crop circle... WTH! They're like, "Hold on guys, we're terrifying walking corpses made of ice but y'know what will really scare the cr*p out of these humans? Horse legs crop circles!" REALLY!?

  • YeahButNoBut

    Badly-lit laboratories shit me to tears and send me into loud public rants. Even if you haven't worked in a lab, can't you for one second imagine what bad OHS it is to handle biohazards in near-darkness? Every lab I've worked in, without exception, has erred on the a-bit-too-bright side, and yet in pop culture we get the omni-scientists doing science in the gloom. Turn a fucking light on.

  • flickfan

    Birds are almost always portrayed incorrectly. The scream of a red-tailed hawk, emanating from a circling turkey vulture. ("Rango" got the hawk right, however.) Common species shown in the wrong season, habitat, or part of the country. Almost anything to do with parrots. You don't need to hire a professional ornithologist -- there are millions of amateur birdwatchers out there, including people in Hollywood!

  • Uglybattery

    I hate Beauty and the Beast. Hate it. How could a seemingly normal and same young woman FALL IN LOVE with an ANIMAL that could eat her!??!?!! In only 3 or 4 days at that!!! Ugh... I hate it when characters fall in love absolutely unrealistically fast. Wrecks it every time.

  • oilybohunk7

    This was going to be my pet peave. This goes for books too, I absolutely hate it when characters fall in love because they brushed hands and felt a "zing". Pa-lease.

  • The fangirl part of me goes, "HNNNNNNNNG" at you besmirching BatB, but at the same time, you're so right.

  • Subversable

    People fall in love that fast all the time in response to trauma. Beauty and the Beast is all about how wonderful Stockholm Syndrome is.

  • Georgia

    LIke everyone else, it's the stuff I know a lot about and my culture/religion.

    I could go on and on about the insulting inaccuracies of the way Judaism is portrayed, so I'll just mention the most annoying one. In X-Men: First Class, Erik's happiest memory is lighting candles with his mother. Here is the problem: she is lighting a 6-candle menorah. While they may be used for decoration in synagogues, we don't ever light them. We either light 8-candle menorahs (called hannukiahs) on Hannukah or 2 candles on the Sabbath. I spent the entire rest of the movie wondering how they could get that wrong. Too bad there aren't any Jews in the entertainment industry they could have asked.

    I have to laugh when I see an actress give birth to perfectly clean 12-pound babies. I understand why it has to be like that, but still.

    I especially hate how easy it is to become a college professor on t.v. Yeah, it's not a fall-back that you just decide to do one day. It's an insanely competitive, soul-destroying process that almost always ends in heartbreak.

    I went to a college in NYC that is used in stuff all the time. This is me watching, "That's not the law school. That's a dorm. That's not a dorm. That's what they think one of the [dorm] rooms look like?! Ha! You can't get in there without i.d. That's not a real library."

  • Some Guy

    I cannot for the life of me get passed seeing John Travolta playing any sort of believable villain. He is so hamfisted it's impossible not to see him and his chin, usually adorned with a stylish beard (wink wink) instead of the character he is supposed to be playing.

  • k op

    When adolescents are cast to be tiny people against their full sized adult parents. No Hollywood child is EVER taller or bigger than their parent.

    When female roles become walking/talking gorgeous props to act out the stereotype of hormonally messy women that has fuck all to do with her usually exalted skill set or profession. USA Network and Fox shows are the worst offenders in this area, but Hollywood movies aren't much better. Want something crazy to happen to make the script "interesting"? Have the gorgeous blond physicist over-react to a broken date or messy hair. Yeah! That will make the young girls watch! High-five!

  • poopnado

    It's weird to me when people have sex under the sheets in movies or on TV, then have pillow talk or sleep with the sheets perfectly covering their privates/nipples (but male nips are okay). I'm not gonna say I'm an expert, but I've only ever had sex under the sheets one time and it was weird, and once I'm naked with someone I don't really bother making sure my nips are covered up after we have sex.

    I realize this is just a practicality, especially on TV, but I figure it's better to just gloss over the sex scene then show a couple having awkward sex.

  • emmalita

    It's the waking up in bras after sex that really bother me. Having fallen asleep in an underwire bra, I can assure you that it is really uncomfortable, and not something a sane person would do habitually.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    It is not just the bra. They do it on a lot with men as well. After a night of passion one of them has a bra on and the other gets out of bed wearing boxers. Now boxers make more sense than bras, and I don't sleep with men so I can't say for sure, but I am reasonably certain that all parties would be completely naked.

    This is even more extreme when showing same sex hookups, where the couple is likely wearing more clothes (i.e. undershirts, camisoles, etc.) then they were when they started undressing each other.

  • heatseeker

    Yes. This. Women sleeping in bras. Who does that?! It's something that basically never happens in real life, yet movie/TV women are constantly wearing bras to bed like pajamas.

  • Salieri2

    In The Horse and His Boy, there is a talking horse who bitches about accidentally having fallen asleep in his saddle. I think of that every time bra-sleeping is mentioned.

  • Subversable

    I don't even wear the damn things and this bugs the hell out of me. Every time I see it, I keep wanting it to be a narrative device telling the audience she was so exhausted/drunk/injured that she passed out in her clothes, but it never is.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Thought of another one, along the lines of inappropriate clothing. When business women wear inappropriate clothing to work. Not necessarily risque, but just something you would wear to a cocktail party rather than to work. So unrealistic. Throw on a suit and run a comb through your hair like the rest of us. You can still look flawless and unrealistically pretty if you want.

  • competitivenonfiction

    I studied biology and ecosystem restoration and I'm really into Sci Fi. A lot of Sci Fi (e.g. Battlestar Gallactica, Ex Files etc.) is filmed in my area and I can recognize the ecosystem types, the invasive species, and certain trees in an instant. This became a serious problem for me when they use these settings for different crime scenes or planets. My go-to joke is that scotch broom has infested even the farthest reaches of the galaxy. No one thinks this is a funny joke except me.

  • Anne At Large

    Oh I totally think it's a funny joke, the hills around here turn yellow every spring and they still sell it in nurseries.

  • Egg

    I think this is a funny joke, because I'm about to go outside and destroy the freakin' scotch broom in my back yard. So I'm laughing with you...

  • competitivenonfiction

    Oh no - good luck! It's a bitch to get rid of. I'm sure you already know this, but try to destroy the seed bank. They germinate in disturbed soil so when you pull the roots out, it can actually cause more of the seeds to start to germinate for the next generation. I'd cover it with something to stop any light from getting in for a bit and see if that'll help.

  • lilym

    Registered to post just so I could share my peeves.....

    When a film is set in an area that is populated by dark-skinned people (the Mediterranean, South America, etc) and EVERY CHARACTER is the whitest, blue-eyed Anglo-Saxon EVER! I'm looking at you "Gladiator"!

    ITA with all the comments regarding long hair, high heels and massive jewelry in "danger" scenarios! I would be in a ponytail and into flats at the first sign of trouble!

    Also, specifically- I love me some Firefly, but in the final "Serenity" battle sequence, Inara changes OUT OF a somewhat impractical outfit and INTO a frigging HAREM OUTFIT! To fight Reavers! With a crossbow! No power in the 'verse can stop me from throwing things at the screen. Drives me nuts everytime.

  • competitivenonfiction

    The only possible logic to that wardrobe change was "If I'm going to die tonight, I'm going to be super hot when it happens."

  • Buzz

    I believe it was GoldenEye. The part in the beginning of the movie where Bond jumps off the cliff to catch a falling plane. He sky dives into the plummeting aircraft's open door, claws his way into the cockpit, then still has time to pull it out of its propelled dive and fly away to safety before hitting the bottom of this seemingly bottomless canyon. I think I literally stood up in the theater and yelled "BullS@@t!! lol Just too many physically impossible things occurring in a 2 minute scene for me to enjoy the movie at all

  • Peachee Keen

    Age stuff. Like when there are any flashbacks to a character at an earlier age- if they either use a younger actor who looks nothing like the main actor, or they try to make the actor look younger. Either way, distracting. No amount of acting can overcome looking like your age.
    In Behind the Candelabra, not knowing anything about the true story, I actually thought for the longest time that the point was that Matt Damon's character was developmentally delayed, before I realised that having a clearly 40s actor play an 18 year old's wide eyed innocence was giving me the impression that he was a mentally challenged 35 year old man being exploited by Liberace. After pausing and doing some google research, I found I couldn't get back in to the story and I stopped watching.

  • .. wait, he's supposed to be 18 in BTC?

  • competitivenonfiction

    Yes, age stuff! In the last Superman, Lois Lane had a 5 year old kid, and an incredibly successful career as a reporter. Yet she was played by a young Kate Bosworth. Lois Lane should be like 30, at least!

  • Peachee Keen

    Speaking of Superman-- no spoilers on Man of Steel, but as a Canadian it drives me mental when characters are outside in minus 40 degrees wearing a coat and a cute little beret, no gloves, no scarf, no sign of actually being chilled to the bone. No eyelashes frozen closed, no snotty face, no groaning in agony. Seriously. That's freakin cold, people.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I feel that way with GoT when they are at The Wall and not wearing hats.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Yes! As a fellow Canadian, I 100% agree. You know another movie that was hilarious for this was The Day After Tomorrow. Outside, they would freeze to death in a matter of seconds. But inside their magical tents, they were totally fine. I want one of these tents.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    I had a bigger problem with the whole "supercooled air kills you in seconds" - yeah, not true. Even if the air temp were to magically drop to -200 F, inside the copter it would take quite a few minutes to get cold, and your body takes even longer.

    As to tents - I've spent the night in a tent and even in a snow covered branch lean-to at -40 F with no wind. I can report to it being really crazy cold at first, but warmed up inside the down sleeping bag pretty quickly. The snow "hole" made with branches was actually warmer than the tent by morning

  • competitivenonfiction

    I haven't camped at -40, but at about -15, I woke up dressed in every item of clothes I brought, and every item of clothes my husband brought (I oddly sleepwalk to take care of basic needs). It was very cold, but I think that my sleeping bag wasn't rated quite cold enough to make it work.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    It's all about the fluffy down bag. Oddly, wearing too many clothes actually makes you colder in your bag. As you roll around, it can limit circulation. Even in super cold nights, I'd go for polypro longjohns and non-tight socks.

  • googergieger

    Again the movie has to set up it's universe and rules, and then just follow them. If it does that, I'll go along for the ride. Crank 2 follows it's own universe's rules for instance. Some other movies sometimes tend to want to be realistic with rules from the real world, meanwhile their scenario and goings on, would just never function in our real world. Then again in the immortal words of Mariah Carey, "But it's just a sweet, sweet fantasy baby, when I close my eyes you come and you take me".

  • I can always suspend disbelief for Jason Statham, as long as I follow the "It's a Jason Statham movie" rule.

  • Bistro

    My ability to suspend my disbelief is pretty solid, but here's a little story that amuses me: I went to see Iron Man 2 on opening weekend, so the theater was packed. At the point in the movie when Tony Stark literally creates a new element, I hear the guy directly behind me say, "Oh COME ON! Give me a break!" And I thought, Really? THAT's where you draw the line? Everything else in this series so far seemed perfectly realistic to you, but a genius engineer using lasers to synthesize a new element is too much?

  • Junebug67

    That reminds me of the time I saw E.T. (in the theater, because I'm old) and when E.T. makes Elliot's bike fly, some kid in the theater goes "Come on!". You've just watched this kid find an alien FROM OUTER SPACE who can move things with his mind and bring dead flowers back to life and this is the part you can't believe?

  • $43768042

    bowling.

    yeah, that's right, frickin' bowling...

    i hate bowling.

    mostly because, when i was considerably younger, my grandparents and mother managed a bowling alley (they prefer to call it a bowling center, but sod that). my grandfather and mother coached youth leagues. i was, of course, made to bowl. (last time i bowled on a league was some 25 years ago, my average was 287.)

    and, as much as i hate it, it drives me nuts to watch people bowl in a movie or tv show. they hold the ball wrong, they advance wrong, their stanceand release are wrong. it's a moronically simple activity, but no one in hollywood seems to have the slightest idea of how to do it right.

    andnow i am full of self-loathing. fml...

  • Morgan_LaFai

    Is that true in The Big Lebowski as well? Cause if it is I am devastated.

  • $43768042

    lebowski is an excaption.

    it manages to pretty much catch what league play is like. right down to the rule lawyers (never saw a gun, but saw several people in various incidents struck with bowling balls), the drunks (90% at a guess), and the assorted freaks who all take it way too seriously.

  • Red

    Some carnations have a smell. It's nice. Maybe mass-produced, cheap carnations (for boutonnieres for example) don't.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Since you are the second person to tell me that, I am going to retract my complaint.

  • B-Unit

    --Heroes that get shot (usually in the arm or shoulder) and (a) don't feel it and then (b) continue to use that appendage as if it's a-okay.

    --Heroes who knock out henchmen (who are always mindless idiots--how do you hire these people in the first place?) in one punch.

    --Monologues by villains when the hero is beaten...but not quite. Kill the bastard already.

  • Maguita NYC

    Unless of course, we are talking about Stallone, Statham, Dolph Lundgren et al.

  • clancys_daddy

    People who over think things in movies.

  • KC

    For me, accents is one thing. I'd rather everyone speak in a uniform accent rather than a mish mash of bad ones.

    The other; when Non-Asians play roles that are meant for Asians. Or in a Hollywood movie, Asian nationalities are interchangeable regardless of the source material. This doesn't apply to every single movie that does this and some annoy me more than others.

    Examples from the top of my head right now:
    - Dragonball. Goku was played by a white dude. To be honest, there's probably more things wrong with that movie than the races of the people playing the characters but still. Same goes with Chun Li
    - Memoirs of a Geisha. It annoys me that the main character was played by a Chinese actress when the whole book is about Japan. I understand why they did it but it still annoys me.

  • I don't know what's worse: non-Asian playing roles meant for Asian (Goku) or DRESSING THEM UP TO LOOK ASIAN (Bulma -- played by EMMY ROSSUM). CAPS FOR ANGER.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    pretty much all of the actresses in Geisha were Chinese.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Which is why I refused to see the movie.

  • Subversable

    The old idiot ball plot is the worst. When intelligent characters start acting like morons just to move the story forward, that is when the story loses me.

    Also, the whole medieval stasis trope, where a feudal society has remained stable for thousands of years. This is moderately hard to swallow with any type of society, humans having such a long history of revolutions every few hundred years, but feudalism as a long term model is particularly implausible.

    What's worse is that it's so unpalatable. When I start thinking about the brutality that is required to keep that kind of social order in place indefinitely, I start having happy fantasies about the French Terror (one is not supposed to have happy fantasies about the French Terror) and these fantasies are usually directed at the "heroes."

    "And then the fair maiden killed the handsome prince and established a democratic republic, and they all lived happily ever after. The end."

  • GCH

    The thing that really bugs me is the way people have important conversations while walking at high speed through the office or wherever. Nobody does this! Just stand still, lower your voices, and nobody can eavesdrop! And I won't get annoyed.

  • Glory

    Unobtainium.

  • Mrs. Julien

    My beloved Penguins of Madagascar had an episode in which the desired substance was "Macguffium".

  • Batesian

    It's the Cars thing.

  • Mrs. Julien

    God bless you.

  • abell

    There's a few of them, that have already been mentioned (plot induced idiocy, magic firearms, etc), but, the one that annoys me the most are the gotchas. The twist. The problem I have is that they're almost always just blatant lies. "Hey, this is the story I'm telling, stuff, stuff, stuff, but, ha! that thing you thought, it wasn't true! And you're a sucker for believing us! They're also usually really dumb. Personally, the abuse of my suspension of disbelief is the worst.

  • abell

    I'm interested what was in that post that deserved a downvote? Drunk punctuation/grammar?

  • Ben

    Cars is set in a post apocalyptic world, they didn't build that stuff, the humans did. The cars took over with the help of the sentient military machines (You see sentient 'car's types fighter jets doing a fly over, so it stands to reason that all the other military vehicles are sentient too) It's basically a kidsy cartoony version of the world after skynet wins.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    You have finally made me want to watch Cars. Thanks

  • Mrs. Julien

    Ooooooh.

  • OldSchool60

    Now THAT makes sense!

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Fantasy universes featuring magic and full on wizards who're involved in everyday life in that universe, but in which plumbing does not exist. The way I figure it, the wizards demonstrate enough physical knowledge to make plumbing happen normally, or they can just make magic plumbing. Upshot-- if a chamberpot makes an appearance I just can't deal.

  • apsutter

    When something strange or awful happens in a movie and only one person knows it's happening and then that person's significant other/family acts like they're insane. "Yes honey I see all the weird shit happening lately but there's just no way that a murderer is after us!" This is why the bf and I have made a pact that if either of us makes a serious claim of seeing ghosts or vampires or an axe murderer that we won't question it and will get the hell out of dodge ASAP.

  • That was one thing I did love in the movie Insidious. Wife has breakdown over terrifying things happening in their new house, can't handle it anymore, doesn't want to live there anymore--so they move. Simple as that.

  • apsutter

    Oh I agree! But even in the beginning he was being a skeptical douche even though there was clearly something very wrong. He knows his wife and kids are spooked and scared but he's staying late to "grade papers" and get drunk? Ass

  • Oh, there was plenty about that movie I didn't like. But that one detail was absolutely brilliant. I was watching it alone on Netflix, and when that happened, I realized I had to watch it with one of my best friends (who is also a big horror movie fan) just for that moment.

  • Mr. E

    I'd have to say that mine is films telling us the story of "the first black [name occupation]. FYI, I'm African American, so yeah, relax.

    My problem is that with the vast majority of these films, as most are set during the civil rights era or prior, there seems to be a softening of the truth. For example: 42, the Jackie Robinson story.
    I get it. It's an inspirational story about an American icon.
    It's also rated pg-13.
    I have not seen the film, nor was I alive during that time period, but I'm willing to bet that the torrents of racism that he received on a daily basis would not qualify as PG-13 material.
    I get it. The producers want to make a lot of mo- make a film about a hero of African American culture. But it's a bit of a slap in the face to those who actually lived through that time to dumb it down, edit, sugar-coat, in order to drop that rating and raise those ticket sales.
    It's also a disservice to our youth who have no idea how far we've come or the disgusting things that hate can achieve.

  • Maguita NYC

    Very true. And it belittles the hard and constant work it took to get over Xenophobia over the decades.

  • DominaNefret

    When a movie or tv show takes place in DC, but other than some stock footage, they make absolutely no effort to make the set look like the DC area, and they don't research how far places are from each other.
    There are not palm trees lining the streets in DC. You cannot see mountains from the Mall. You absolutely cannot take a quick jaunt from the city down to Newport News to interview several suspects and be back before the end of the work day. Quantico is not 5 minutes from DC.
    The Metro doesn't look like that. And there are not lots of people eating on it.
    Etc. etc.

  • Don't even get me started on shows based on/in or filmed in Las Vegas.

  • emmalita

    I remember when eating on the Metro would get you arrested, handcuffs and all.

    This is my biggest complaint about The Americans. I like the show, but that is not DC or VA, not even in the 80's.

    Veep on the other hand inserts some pretty funny stock footage to indicate driving around in DC.

  • Monica

    Ugh yes! NCIS is the *worst* with the driving around the DMV. I completely lost it on that CIA show on USA with Piper Perabo because one of the very first episodes took place in a metro station. It of course looked nothing like any DC metro station and it was completely empty except for her and the bad guy.

    When is the metro ever completely empty?! Never!

  • Guest

    When a movie or TV show is set in DC and other than using some stock f

  • BWeaves

    - Weaving. I'm a weaver. I'm BWeaves. It killed me when "Wanted" had a loom of death that spit out fabric that humans could "read." Knitting on the other hand is evil incarnate, and you can Morse code the shit out of knit and purl stitches.

    - Astronomy. Darling hubby is a professional astronomer and it drives him nuts when shows get science wrong. Ex. Plan 9 From Outer Space --- The bit where they're going to explode the "molecules" of sunshine. Then there was some other movie where some asteroid or something was going to hit the earth and the "astronomers" kept talking about an "occulation." He finally figured out from the context that they were talking about an "occultation." It's like an eclipse. It's when an asteroid moves in front of a star. If it's timed from different positions on the earth, you can map the shape and size of the asteroid. I guess they changed the word because they thought the word "occult" sounded non-sciency or might offend the Christians or something.

    - Computers. I've been a computer programmer for 35 years. You don't just sit down at strange, alien computer, and hack into it in 15 seconds.

    - Explosions in space that MAKE NOISE.

  • So that means plans to hack the Gibson are off?

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com...

  • YeahButNoBut

    I wasted a big chunk of 'Wanted' wondering how the got the damn loom warped in the first place. String is evil, I reckon they lost generations of weavers who pulled their own eyes out from the frustration.

  • ben

    I can forgive explosions in space making noise, without them even while it's scientifically correct if they do silent space in anything but like a space horror/thirller it just feels wrong.

  • competitivenonfiction

    As a knitter and a weaver, I fully endorse your comments. And I now intend to hide Morse code in my knitting.

  • Robert Matthews
  • Bodhi

    I seriously love the idea of hiding codes in knitting.

  • They did that in The Grand Tour, the follow-up book to Sorcery and Cecelia.

  • Robert Matthews

    It's easy to do. Madame Defarge in "A Tale of Two Cities" encodes the list of the Revolution's victims into her knitting.

    But speaking of which, it really bugs me how movies and TV are nearly incapable of showing a knitter actually knitting properly. They'll have a piece of crochet jammed onto a pair of knitting needles ("Frasier"), they'll be supposedly devoted knitters who can barely form a stitch ("Pushing Daisies"), they'll hold the needles with the points downwards and the ends sticking up in the air, which no knitter has ever done ever ("The Simpsons" and "A Street Cat Called Sylvester"— yeah, even animation gets it wrong), but you hardly ever see it being done correctly.

    Writers: You need to find another trope for "old granny" "homebody", or "quirky man", because the actors can't do what you've written for them.

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