First off, welcome to the new blog format! I hope we’ll all find it easier to post comments without the Evil Captcha Genie crossing his arms and growling “you shall not pass” every time we misspelled “gxsmirch” or “bloobing.”
Second, congrats to ANN M for being last week’s winner! There’s an ARC of Summer at Mustang Ridge headed your way this week! WOOT!
And now …
As those of you who follow me on social media may know, I watched Hidalgo over the weekend, and kvetched at the end when the hero released his mustang to return to the wild, leaving the horse’s shoes on. While this could protect his feet from the rough terrain in the short run, shoes that get torn off rather than taken off tend to do major damage to the equine hoof. And a wild horse needs to have all four feet working at all times, folks.
Of course, that wasn’t my only quibble. I rolled my eyes over the wide range of noises Hidalgo made without ever moving his facial muscles (hey, he’s a ventriloquist!), and how a nosebleed becomes a shooting offense. It’s not just horse movies, either. Although I try to control it, I have limited tolerance for bad science and police work, like when the characters in Bones mispronounce technical words, or any of the TV techs go “aha!” and grab evidence without photographing or documenting it first (but, hey, they’re wearing gloves, so it totally counts).
I know. Sigh. Artistic license. Suspension of disbelief, etc., etc. But at the same time, I think that these little catches can allow us viewers to interact more with our TV shows and movies. Heck, here at the Tree Fort (so named because defensibility was high on Arizona’s house shopping list), catching mistakes is practically a drinking game.
This is especially fun because we’re so different in the things that send our BS meters into the red zone. He’s a numbers theory guy, so I’ll only watch NUMB3RS reruns with him when I’m feeling smart enough to follow what he’s saying when he catches an error. He’s also a mountain biking wonk, so it was pretty fun to watch Premium Rush with him recently and have him point out every time they switched up the bikes, or when there was no way one bike would keep up with another.
I know we’ve all got our areas of expertise when it comes to the entertainment BS meter, and I’d love to hear from you. What hits your radar screen? Have any fun examples for us from movies or TV? Inquiring minds want to know! And to celebrate our move to the new blogger software, one randomly chosen poster will win a $10 gift certificate from Amazon or BN.com (your choice). So have at it!