Movie Mistakes of 2008

Despite costing hundreds of millions of dollars to make, Hollywood movies are filled with "mistakes" (Arnold Schwarzenegger's Last Action Hero even parodied these mistakes by purposely incorporating them in the film).

But one man's mistake is another man's bread. To wit, here's MovieMistakes, a website dedicated to documenting the glaring, silly, and obscure mistakes that occur in some of Hollywood's greatest hits. Here are their list of 2008 Movies with the Most Mistakes:

  1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - 67 mistakes
  2. The Dark Knight - 46 mistakes
  3. Mamma Mia! - 45 mistakes
  4. Twilight - 42 mistakes
  5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year - 40 mistakes

... and the list for the Best Movie Mistakes of 2008:

  1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
    At the beginning when Indy is talking to Spalko, his hands keep alternating from being in his pockets to just resting at his sides between shots.
  2. Iron Man
    When Iron Man and Iron Monger are fighting, Iron Man catches the SUV, and you can see the family inside the car. Although the car is completely vertical, the hair of the people in the car seem to defy gravity.
  3. Solstice
    The moon is full every night the highschoolers are at the lake house.
  4. 10,000 B.C.
    After Evolet got hit by the arrow and presumably dies, D'leh is staring at a mammoth. Behind the mammoth, you can see that the background is a picture.
  5. Meet the Spartans
    When Britney Spears gets pushed into the Pit of Death, you hear her talk and scream but her lips are not moving.
  6. The Dark Knight
    At around an hour and a half into the movie, during Batman's interrogation of Joker, when he picks him up and slams him against the wall, for a very brief moment you can see the camera and the cameraman in the reflection of the mirror on the right.


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A great many of the "mistakes" listed on IMDb are only visible for one or two frames, so it would appear that somebody went through the whole film using the 'Step' function on their media players.

On the commentary for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," John Cleese mentioned that one take, that he thought was funnier, didn't get used because something was visible on the far side of the frame. Cleese was telling the director and editor, "They're attention is going to be over HERE, they're not going to notice that over THERE!"

When I read these silly lists, and check up on them, Cleese was right: I would have NEVER noticed these things if somebody hadn't been anal enough to point them out.
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Semi said what I was about to say. You edit a film not for continuity, but for the right emotional beat to progress the film. Continuity errors are always going to happen, and they're more common on big budget films because there's so many God damn people behind the camera that one scene will take forever to shoot.

It's a frustrating part of film-making, but there's no way around it. An editor has to use the best shot for a scene, and usually an actor appropriately delivering a line or emoting in a way that best relates to the situation is more important that if his hands were in or out of his pockets.

But yeah, I heard the new Indy flick was a bore anyway.
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But, Rocky, sometimes continuity errors and other mistakes prevent us from entering that state of escapism.

It's called "suspension of disbelief". A good movie can make you not worry about the errors. A bad movie is only made worse by such errors.
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