Wed 26th Feb 2014
Pretty much every movie, whether amazing or terrible, has mistakes. However, they tend to go more unnoticed in great movies, simply because everyone watching them is so absorbed by what's going on (as opposed to, for example, staring in disbelief at the batsuit's nipples - I'm looking at you, Batman and Robin). As such, here are 25 mistakes from classic movies that might have snuck under your radar...
When the search party goes into the boneship, they are wearing full space suits, and hoods under their helmets. When Kane's helmet is first cut off, he has no hood on.
In the shooting scene in the Mount Rushmore cafe, a boy in the background puts his fingers in his ears, because he knows the gun is about to be shot.
When they bring Marvin Nash to be tortured, his hands are cuffed behind his back. They start kicking him and his hands are then seen cuffed in front. Then, they switch back just a few moments later and his hands are back behind his back again.
In the scene where Ashley is brought back wounded from the raid where Scarlett's husband Mr Kennedy was killed, Melanie grabs a gas lamp to follow the man carrying Ashley to the bedroom and you can see an electrical cord hanging down from it.
When they are giving Mia Wallace the adrenaline shot, they mark her chest with a red magic marker. When the shot has been given, the red mark has disappeared.
When one of the Storm Troopers unties Solo before he is put into the carbonite, watch his wardrobe - he has a disappearing / reappearing jacket on. This is fixed to an extent on the DVD - the jacket is now lightened to almost match his shirt, but it's still shiny like leather.
During the scene when Dorothy and Scarecrow are fighting with the trees, Scarecrow says "I'll show you how to get apples" and he gets hit by the apples. The very next scene if you quickly look at Dorothy's shoes, you can see that she is wearing black shoes, not her ruby slippers.
In a scene near the end of the movie, George enters the Building and Loan with a Christmas wreath on his arm. On hearing that he has a phone call from his brother Harry, he tosses the wreath on a table and picks up the phone. In the next second, the wreath is back on his arm.
Right before they rob the police car, a Boeing 747 (four engines) is seen in shots of the plane coming into land. But when the plane is shown from behind, it has only two engines and fewer main langing gears, probably a Boeing 767.
In the "Battle of Carthage" in the Colosseum, one of the chariots is turned over. Once the dust settles you can see a gas cylinder in the back of the chariot.
After Leon rescues Mathilda from the SWAT team and dodges the snipers, he shoots out a ventilation fan to make an escape route. He gets off two shots before we see the vent, but when it does we see about 7 bullet holes around the vent. Then the camera goes back to Leon as he continues firing. When the camera switches back, the holes around the vent are different.
After Marion supposedly dies in the truck explosion and Indy is drinking outside at the bar, watch to the left of him. You can see a man wearing a modern t-shirt and jeans walking through the crowd.
When Newt is sliding across the grated floor, Bishop reaches out to save her and you can clearly see he's standing in a hole to make him look cut in half.
When the T-1000 is driving the truck, he drives off a bridge and the windshield pops off, but in the next scene the windshield is back.
As Bruce Wayne is researching the jewel thief, the word "Heist" is spelled "Hiest" in a newspaper headline.
When Lando says "Go on, you pirate" his entire outfit is reversed - his shoulder holster strap goes the other way, and his rank insignia changes side too.
The German Feldwebel, who gets beaten to death with a baseball bat, has a badge over is left breast pocket which disappears and reappears during shots.
When the burning log falls on Bruce, it lands near his feet. Camera cuts and it's now by his neck.
Just as Jack says, "On deck, you scabrous dogs," to the very left edge of the screen over Jack's shoulder is a grip crew member with a tan cowboy hat, white short sleeve tee shirt and sunglasses, just standing there looking out to sea.
When the terrorists launch the rocket at the RV, they break the same window of the building twice.
During the big battle against the Chitauri, Captain America is zapped with a blaster bolt. When Thor helps him to his feet we can see a significant amount of damage done to his suit, just below the star on the right hand side. But later on after Iron Man destroys the Chitauri ship with the nuke, the damage is completely gone.
When "Legs" lowers the Pez duck named Ducky down through the removed lightbulb hole, to ring the doorbell, the lightbulb housing is bigger than the hole but they bring it up through the hole to remove it.
When The Terminator's stolen police car is shown up close in the parking structure, the motto on the left side of it reads "to care and to protect." After the car crashes, you can see the motto on the left side again, but this time it reads "Dedicated to serve." The car's trim and position/orientation of the police emblem change as well.
In the scene where Forrest goes and visits Jenny (and is introduced to his son), there is an iron on the ironing board in the background. It stands up, then down, then up. The child's artwork in the background also disappears.
When Marty is being chased by the Libyans, a few times it cuts away to show the instrumentation in the car. The first time the odometer reads 33064.2 and the trip counter says 88.8; the second time it's goes back a little to 33061.8 and 86.4. A few seconds later we see it as he turns the corner, and it goes down again from 33,061.8 to 32,994.4, the trip counter has gone from 86.4 to 19. In fact it's a completely different set of instrumentation - the bottom of the needle's angled in some shots and flat in others.
Yeah, the title still hasn't been confirmed, but it's far and away the best option, so I'm sticking with it. Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has cast The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and The Lion King's Jeremy Irons as Alfred in the now-2016-bound superhero film.
In the 3 minutes since reading this news I've swung both ways, metaphorically speaking. Not on the Jeremy Irons front, who seems like an unusual but perfectly viable option, but Jesse Eisenberg...hmmm. Initially skeptical, I've started wondering whether a bald and more sociopathic cinematic Mark Zuckerberg might just work. I feel he's too young, but then Michael Rosenberg was pretty damn good in Smallville, so I'm coming around to the idea. Time will tell - sadly quite a lot of time after its recent delay, but here's hoping it just leads to a better film.
Thu 30th Jan 2014
This is very much up my street/in my wheelhouse/another metaphor I'm too tired to think of. Seth MacFarlane's comedy western is looking rather tasty...
Mon 9th Dec 2013
The votes are in, and the biggest movie mistakes of the year have been collected! The eclectic collection of screw-ups includes magically appearing crash helmets, changing headlights (in two different movies - clearly a common problem!), and misaligned orbits. That last mistake type was unique to the otherwise-acclaimed Gravity, which earned a few choice comments via twitter from astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He noted the same error and several more, although he has praised the movie for its overall accuracy.
I have to say the same thing - I never judge a film by its mistakes, as we all make them. The difference is with good movies I don't mind, whereas with the bad ones it's more fun to look for as many mistakes as possible, rather than suffer through the plot (ahemAGoodDayToDieHardahem). Many thanks to everyone who's submitted their observations, please keep your eyes peeled, and we'll see what 2014 brings!
The Top 10 Movie Mistakes of 2013
Factual error: The shuttle's original mission was to service Hubble, yet when the shuttle is wrecked, Kowalsky moves with Stone to the ISS, which just happens to be "a short hike away." Hubble orbits at an altitude of 350 miles/560km, while the ISS does so at an altitude of about 250 miles/410km. Furthermore, even if they had been able to see the ISS from Hubble's orbit, they would have only seen it speed ahead, as their orbital velocities are very different: 7.66km per second for the ISS and 7.5km per second for Hubble.
Continuity mistake: In the car chase, the blue van is hit and the left side headlight dislodges and is dangling down for most of the chase. But in one far shot where the van is taking a turn, it is suddenly switched to the right headlight that's dangling.
Factual error: Chow is carrying around $21 million in gold bullion. A bar weighs 400 ounces. Gold prices at that time were around $1,200 per ounce, and he's got two bags, therefore he's supposedly carrying 8,750 ounces, or about 550lb, on each arm.
Continuity mistake: When Tony is in his garage injecting his arm, his chest piece is glowing brightly through his shirt, however, the very next shot when he is wiping his arm with the alcohol pad, his chest piece is suddenly turned off.
Visible crew/equipment: The agents arrive at the Four Horsemen's apartment to arrest them. In the shot where Dylan exits the car, the reflection of the boom mic is visible in the other car's window.
Continuity mistake: When Admiral Marcus' ship appears in front of the Enterprise after coming out of warp, a set of panels begins to close over the main deflector dish. In the next shot, when looking out of the Enterprise's viewscreen, the deflector dish is fully visible again.
New this month Factual error: The bombing altitude for Nagasaki was 30 000 feet (~10 km), but in the opening scene the planes bombing Nagasaki are a lot lower than that. The bomb also detonated at 1,500 feet, not at ground level as shown.
Continuity mistake: During the runway scene, Shaw's vehicle is seen fitted with HID type headlights (bluish tinge). Yet during the sweeping wide angle shots and when Shaw drives into the cargo plane, the lights are a standard yellow.
Revealing mistake: When the family's car is about to be hit by the ambulance as they try to escape downtown, Gerry is driving and his wife is up, leaning over the passenger seat talking to their daughter. The camera angle changes to a view from behind, and as the ambulance is about to hit, we can see there is nobody in the car and the ambulance driver is wearing a safety helmet. This is viewable in just a few frames.
Factual error: In a scene where the nightclub singer with the tropical fruit headwear is on stage, she is singing into a classic RCA 77D microphone which is correct for the period, but in a mistake often made in movies that are set in this era, the microphone is wrongly positioned. It is leaning toward the singer when in fact this type of mic is spoken to from the side, not the end. To work correctly it was always pointed away from the singer or placed in a vertical position for side pickup.
The Top 10 Mistake-Filled Movies of 2013
|1||Now You See Me||80 mistakes|
|2||The Great Gatsby||46 mistakes|
|3||World War Z||38 mistakes|
|4||A Good Day to Die Hard||33 mistakes|
|5||G.I. Joe: Retaliation||22 mistakes|
|6||Fast & Furious 6||21 mistakes|
|8||Iron Man 3||13 mistakes|
|9||The Host||13 mistakes|
|10||The Wolverine||11 mistakes|
Mon 9th Dec 2013
Speculation is building for the next Bond movie, with Skyfall director Sam Mendes confirmed to return. Given the return to Bond's roots in Skyfall, in terms of both plot and style, I hope that trend will continue - old style class with a touch of modernity? And with the years-old Thunderball licensing saga finally resolved, there's even the prospect that Blofeld could return! With all that in mind, Ladbrokes have commissioned a few Bond 24 concept teaser posters - check them out below...