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Re: Things Movies Get Wrong That You Are A Pedant For Getting Mad About
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2017, 09:42:02 PM »
I always find it amusing at how much punishment a human body can take in a movie... fall 20 feet onto concrete or get thrown into a wall... bounce straight back up, no harm, no foul!

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« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2017, 10:16:53 PM »
Impossible geography.

The one that always gets me is the office in Sydney that has a view of the Opera House in the foreground and the Harbor Bridge in the background.  Where is your office?  On the Manly ferry?

Similar to that office with a view of the Washington Monument and the Whitehouse, that must sit on a hoverboard over the tidal basin.
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At the time, I was just like "why not just set it in Seattle? Or why not film it in Portland? Is Portland so expensive that this could not be done?" (the answer is no; even then, I'm sure that if anywhere Seattle was more expensive).
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Things Movies Get Wrong That You Are A Pedant For Getting Mad About
« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2017, 01:10:55 AM »
Hot wiring cars. Apparently there are two wires under the dashboard that start the engine and automatically disable the mechanical steering wheel and transmission locks


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Re: Things Movies Get Wrong That You Are A Pedant For Getting Mad About
« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2017, 03:51:23 AM »
Aliens. You might ask what is there to get right? But I think for one humans would never be able to fight off something that intended to destroy us, if we weren't also an interstellar civilization. Mainly because destruction is so much easier. We have the ability to end pretty much all life on the planet, but we can barely travel to Mars.

Anyone who can get here can pick up an asteroid and destroy us before there's any chance of retaliating. That's the low-budget option.

If we were an interplanetary civilization, maybe we'd have the ability to fend off deliberate impact events, but not if they were coming in at relativistic speeds.

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« Reply #34 on: March 20, 2017, 08:18:36 AM »
Specifically the line in Jurassic Park where Lexi sits down at the computer console and says, "This is a UNIX system, I know this."
UNIX or not, that software was written specifically for the park and somehow she "knows" the system and flies right through locking all the doors and whatnot.

On the subject of injuries as others have mentioned, Tim gets electrocuted by 50,000 volts from an electric fence. Allan gives him CPR and within seconds Tim is as good as new (with a slight limp for some reason).

In Jurassic World the younger kid (Gray) seems to know a variety of strange information indicating that he is above average in intelligence. "Dane County Airport is thirty six minutes away, sixty with traffic." And later, "When they first opened, they had eight species. Now they have fourteen herbivores and six carnivores. That's like fifty tons of food a week." When they reach the island he asks his brother how big the island is. Zach says, "Big" and Gray says, "I mean how many pounds?" A kid with his supposed intelligence wouldn't ask such a stupid question.

While I'm on JW, the girlfriend at the beginning served no purpose in the film. They could have completely cut her scene out.

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Re: Things Movies Get Wrong That You Are A Pedant For Getting Mad About
« Reply #35 on: March 20, 2017, 09:03:47 AM »
something that really makes the first die hard movie work so well is that McLean doesn't seem invulnerable,  his injuries do hurt him and affect him for most of the movie.
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« Reply #36 on: March 20, 2017, 09:15:07 AM »
Still no movie or TV dinosaurs, ever, with proper feathers and anatomy.

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Re: Things Movies Get Wrong That You Are A Pedant For Getting Mad About
« Reply #37 on: March 20, 2017, 11:39:12 AM »
Specifically the line in Jurassic Park where Lexi sits down at the computer console and says, "This is a UNIX system, I know this."
UNIX or not, that software was written specifically for the park and somehow she "knows" the system and flies right through locking all the doors and whatnot.

On the subject of injuries as others have mentioned, Tim gets electrocuted by 50,000 volts from an electric fence. Allan gives him CPR and within seconds Tim is as good as new (with a slight limp for some reason).

In Jurassic World the younger kid (Gray) seems to know a variety of strange information indicating that he is above average in intelligence. "Dane County Airport is thirty six minutes away, sixty with traffic." And later, "When they first opened, they had eight species. Now they have fourteen herbivores and six carnivores. That's like fifty tons of food a week." When they reach the island he asks his brother how big the island is. Zach says, "Big" and Gray says, "I mean how many pounds?" A kid with his supposed intelligence wouldn't ask such a stupid question.

While I'm on JW, the girlfriend at the beginning served no purpose in the film. They could have completely cut her scene out.
Gray's brother did say "Aren't you supposed to be a genius or something?" I wasn't bothered with the "pounds" thing, he just wanted to know MORE about the island. I've known a couple of semi-stable geniuses in my time and they confounded me more than once with questions I didn't know we could ask.
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Re: Things Movies Get Wrong That You Are A Pedant For Getting Mad About
« Reply #38 on: March 20, 2017, 11:55:04 AM »
I think the answer seems to be, anything I know about that the generally public doesn't.

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« Reply #39 on: March 20, 2017, 02:12:26 PM »
Still no movie or TV dinosaurs, ever, with proper feathers and anatomy.

Can't vouch for the anatomy part, but:



Probably a shitty movie, though.
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« Reply #40 on: March 20, 2017, 06:37:15 PM »
Still no movie or TV dinosaurs, ever, with proper feathers and anatomy.
Would the adults still have feathers?
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Re: Things Movies Get Wrong That You Are A Pedant For Getting Mad About
« Reply #41 on: March 20, 2017, 06:43:33 PM »
Still no movie or TV dinosaurs, ever, with proper feathers and anatomy.
Would the adults still have feathers?

Presumably would depend on their purpose... if they were used for display or heat retention, maybe.

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« Reply #42 on: March 20, 2017, 07:15:26 PM »
Still no movie or TV dinosaurs, ever, with proper feathers and anatomy.
Would the adults still have feathers?

Presumably would depend on their purpose... if they were used for display or heat retention, maybe.
That's what I was wondering, does a multi-ton dino need insulation? Display, yeah, on the males.
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Re: Things Movies Get Wrong That You Are A Pedant For Getting Mad About
« Reply #43 on: March 20, 2017, 09:59:02 PM »
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« Reply #44 on: March 21, 2017, 04:24:33 AM »
Still no movie or TV dinosaurs, ever, with proper feathers and anatomy.
Would the adults still have feathers?

Why not? We do not really know of any extant dinosaurs, not even the larger ones like ostriches that lose feather coverage as they grow older. Of course we don't have Tyrannosaurus-sized ones these days, but the principle is similar.

Also, we do have evidence of large dinosaurs with feathers, from the tyrannosauroid Yutyrannus to a yet unpublished, bristled Triceratops.

Furthermore, phylogenetic bracketing also suggests that many dinosaurs were feathered: we have evidence of many basal (early) specimens of several lineages were feathered, and we also have evidence of the presence of feathers from later relatives as well. Therefore we can assume that we have feathers in between as well. Or not, we are not that sure, but most recent discoveries point at a general abundance of feathers among dinosaur groups.

Plus, nature doesn't always make sense. Just look at the legs of Spinosaurus.