Mike Lynch

8th Dec 2021

Common mistakes

Deliberate mistake: In TV shows and movies that depict civilization in a state of collapse, such as The Road, The Postman or The Stand, people walk when they need to go from one place to another. The implication being that powered vehicles no longer work. The question is, what happened to all the bicycles? They would get you where you want to go much faster than walking, yet, they don't seem to exist in the future.

Mike Lynch

Factual error: Zira puts the blocks together to form the stairs that will allow her to get the banana, but only stares at it. When the female scientist asks why she won't eat it, Zira says she loathes bananas. Bananas grow in tropical climates near the equator. New York City, where she lived in the future, is in a subtropical climate zone, and not grown there. How would she loathe bananas if she's never eaten one before?

Mike Lynch

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Suggested correction: There is too much we don't know and too many possibilities to declare this a mistake. Perhaps they have trade with lands further to the south. Perhaps the climate has changed and land around New York is now hospitable to bananas. Perhaps in the two thousand years between our time and hers, a strain of bananas developed that thrives in temperate environments.

22nd Oct 2021

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Stupidity: All of Robbie's circuits have been burned out as a result of Morbius ordering him to kill the Id monster. The crew only has 24 hours to get the ship loaded and a safe distance away from Altair IV before it explodes. But one or more of the crew spends the little time they have fixing Robbie, a very sophisticated piece of technology, who is working the controls at the end of the movie.

Mike Lynch

Plot hole: Peter took the $100,000 bribe White gave him and turned it into $5,000,000 by betting on his team. He did this, so he could buy enough shares of Global Gym stock and take over the company, and in the process kick out White as the CEO. The problem is, Global Gym is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and 5 million wouldn't be near enough to gain control of the company.

Mike Lynch

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Suggested correction: Where did you get the figure of hundreds of million? Earlier in the film White said Global Gym was worth $4 million.

Bishop73

Companies must meet shareholder requirements and have $60 million IPO market value or $100 million market value for public shares.

Mike Lynch

Then a character mistake should be made to reflect that.

Bishop73

Factual error: When Indy is attempting to steal the Ark when driving the truck, one of the soldiers shoots him in the arm. Then another German punches him repeatedly in the same arm, causing Indy great pain and injury. After suffering a wound like that there's no way he'd be able to move that arm, let alone raise it above his head. But the next day after the boat is stopped by the sub, Indy jumps into the water and swims to the sub without any problems.

Mike Lynch

22nd Mar 2021

Common mistakes

Deliberate mistake: Whenever someone needs to dump out someone's garbage because they're looking for something, it's always dry and clean, never disgusting.

Mike Lynch

11th Feb 2021

Common mistakes

Deliberate mistake: How many times have we seen cars and trucks drive through snow, dirt and mud, only to arrive at their destination perfectly clean.

Mike Lynch

8th Jun 2020

Common mistakes

Factual error: Women didn't start routinely shaving their legs until the 1920s, but in films and TVs shows set before then, women's legs are always hair free.

Mike Lynch

15th Mar 2020

Ella Enchanted (2004)

Plot hole: Breaking the spell should have been quite easy for Ella to accomplish. All she needed to do was have someone like Mandy or Areida command her to never follow another command again, and the spell would have been broken.

Mike Lynch

13th Mar 2020

What about Bob? (1991)

Plot hole: When Dr. Marvin is trying to get Bob to leave the night before his television interview, he can't leave because it's pouring rain. He also can't drive him because their car was left at the boat dock. However, Dr. Marvin could have easily called for a cab to drive Bob back to where he's staying.

Mike Lynch

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Suggested correction: This assumes that there is a taxi service in the small town in which they reside.

LorgSkyegon

This is obviously a tourist town, which would likely create the need for a taxi service.

Mike Lynch

It also seems to be a fairly secluded and very rich tourist town with cars almost necessary to get around.

LorgSkyegon

Plot hole: How is it that the Flying Elvis' have an extra parachute on board for Jack?

Mike Lynch

Other mistake: Taylor believes he is on a planet 300 light-years from earth for most of the movie. However, after spending months there, he would have seen the moon at night a number of times, letting him know where he really was before seeing the Statue of Liberty.

Mike Lynch

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Suggested correction: Not necessarily; any astronaut knows that many, many planets have moons, so Taylor could have easily thought that it was simply an odd coincidence that the "other" planet's moon closely resembled Earth's moon.

zendaddy621

30th Dec 2019

Logan's Run (1976)

Stupidity: Why is it that runners wait until their 30th birthday to run, when they'll most likely get caught? It would make more sense if runners tried to escape to sanctuary weeks or months before their last day. This way, they could meticulously plan their escape without drawing attention to themselves.

Mike Lynch

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Suggested correction: That wouldn't be particularly advantageous for runners. The computer system monitoring the city knows when someone is running regardless of their age and will dispatch the Sandmen to eliminate them. People who choose to run only do it as a last ditch effort, believing they will die on Carousel anyway so running is a risk some are willing to take. In the meantime it would be preferable to live out their guaranteed lifespan and enjoy the pleasures afforded to them by living within the city.

30th Nov 2019

Common mistakes

Revealing mistake: Whenever people drive in cars at night, lights angled upward are used so the characters' faces can be seen.

Mike Lynch

16th Nov 2019

National Treasure (2004)

Deliberate mistake: In the two scenes when Ben and Riley are in the documents room, it is in full light. The rotunda is actually dimly lit as a way of protecting the documents from light damage.

Mike Lynch

16th Nov 2019

National Treasure (2004)

Deliberate mistake: When Riley uses the video camera laser to disable the Declaration of Independence sensor, that could never happen since cameras are not permitted in the documents room.

Mike Lynch

16th Nov 2019

Common mistakes

Other mistake: Whenever a character travel to a town or village in another country, no matter how remote, they always find someone who speaks English.

Mike Lynch

8th Nov 2019

Common mistakes

Deliberate mistake: Though characters have full-time jobs, they seem to have incredibly understanding bosses since their day and night hours are spent with people outside the workplace.

Mike Lynch

5th Nov 2019

Common mistakes

28th Oct 2019

Star Trek (1966)

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Other mistake: When Kirk agrees to fight in the arena at the end of the episode, he and the thralls are warned that touching an opponent's color will result in the loss of a weapon. Kirk does this several times during the fight, but isn't penalized in any way.

Mike Lynch

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