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I despise movies that make no sense.

Let me rephrase it. I despise movies that make no internal sense.

As an appetizer before my main course, here’s an example that twists my knickers.

In both Men in Black III and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, there is an implausible image. In each of those cinematic ventures, there is a scene on the Moon. In those movies (and probably more), the camera shows an Apollo-style lunar lander. However, the lander still has the ascent stage attached to it which would be an impossibility because if the ascent stage was still there, the astronauts would not have been able to return home.

(Source: Men in Black III corrections and Transformers: Dark of the Moon corrections)

As a fan of science-fiction, I have no issue with movies that bend the laws of physics, as long as they do it consistently. Spaceships in the universe of Star Trek and Star Wars can travel faster than the speed of light, but they give explanations for it. The Enterprise has warp drive and the Millennium Falcon uses hyperdrive. Even time travel doesn’t bother me that much as long as, again, it is done consistently within the universe of the story. I know there is no way for an object to travel back in time, but that doesn’t diminish my appreciation for the television show Doctor Who.

All this brings me to today’s version of “nerd rage“. Last week, I saw the animated movie Mr. Peabody and Sherman. I could go on and blather about how Hollywood has strip-mined another aspect of my childhood for their gain, but I’ll leave that for another day.

Instead, allow me to ramble about the cinematic implausibility in that movie.

I do not have an issue with a talking (and bow-tie wearing…because bow ties are cool) dog. I do not have an issue with time travel. The genius canine and the WABAC machine are reality-bending items, but they are necessary for the story. So, I am fine with those reality-bending items (just like I am okay with the TARDIS and the Babel Fish).

What made me slap my forehead was the scene in this movie concerning the manhole.

Early in Mr. Peabody and Sherman, the duo are in the era of the French Revolution. During a chase scene that takes places in the sewers outside Versailles, Mr. Peabody causes an explosion that blows the manhole covers into the air.

So far, so good.

However, the explosion was all part of Mr. Peabody’s escape plan because the manhole cover falls through its own hole and lands on the baddie thus allowing the dog and his pet adopted boy to skeedaddle away.

See my issue?

It is a physical impossibility for a manhole cover to fall through its own hole. That’s way manholes covers are round. A round manhole cover is cannot fall through its own opening and that keeps sewer workers safe (see here and here for sample explanations).

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Unless Jamie and Adam over at Mythbusters have busted this idea, I will continue to slap my forehead over this scene (and all others like it).


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Yesterday’s post about how much I love reading bad reviews had me thinking all day (when in reality I should have been watching my son’s lacrosse game).

The entire conceit of a review from an established critic (and maybe even a person with a degree in film or television) may be obsolete in this era of the social network.

Given the news that a new television show is debuting (or a new movie is premiering, or a new eatery is opening), who would I trust more – a fifty-something writer from The Washington Post or my friends on Facebook. My online friends are my buddies because we have similar tastes and interests. Those likes and dislikes are probably more in line with my own than some scribe than I have never met toiling away at a desk.

Then there are some movies where a review is pointless. Take a movie based on a popular franchise from literature or television (Star Trek, the Harry Potter series) and there is a built-in audience for that movie who will see the flick regardless of many critics pan it.

I’ve had the belief that people would line up around the block to see animated stick figures if it had the names of “George Lucas” and “Star Wars” associated with it. Now, starting in 2012, I will be able to partially test this theory as the Star Wars movies are getting the 3-D treatment.

Final Note – I’m trying to imagine a newspaper that would have the moxie to get rid of its critics (TV, movie, restaurant, music, etc.) saying that they are unnecessary in the 21st century.

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