Maybe they think we’re just not paying attention, or perhaps they believe the public has completely accepted the fallacies, but there are some things that Hollywood movies almost never get right. I’m not what I would call a movie buff, but I’ve seen enough of them over the past few decades to start a list of those movie aspects that always seem wrong:
- Thunder and lightning at the same time: Well, if that was the case, people in movies would be getting fried left and right. Since lightning travels at the speed of light, and thunder at the speed of sound, those who live to tell about it almost always experience a delay before the thunder is audible.
- Sound in outer space: Except for Kubrick’s classic “2001 – A Space Odyssey,” movies always include sound effects in the vacuum of space, which can’t conduct sound, because – duh! – it’s a vacuum!
- Crappy glass and/or building construction: Something hits an automobile windshield and it shatters like a water goblet. Has Hollywood not heard of safety glass? This one’s from “Spiderman 3”: a rogue I-beam (how do they think of this nonsense?) rips through an adjacent skyscraper as though the building were made of papier-maché. Come on! Didn’t they use an I-beam or two in the construction of the skyscraper? If they wanted to make a cartoon, why didn’t they just draw one?
- The phone hangup dial tone: Just try it yourself. Have someone call you, and when you answer, have them hang up. You get dead air, not a dial tone. Thought everyone knew this already.
Feel free to add to this list.