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BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter

GUEST,Patsy 14 Feb 11 - 09:10 AM
kendall 14 Feb 11 - 09:12 AM
GUEST,Shimrod 14 Feb 11 - 11:15 AM
frogprince 14 Feb 11 - 05:11 PM
mousethief 15 Feb 11 - 12:57 PM
Bonzo3legs 15 Feb 11 - 02:08 PM
paula t 15 Feb 11 - 05:23 PM
MGM·Lion 16 Feb 11 - 05:03 AM
Will Fly 16 Feb 11 - 08:39 AM
catspaw49 16 Feb 11 - 10:38 AM
GUEST,Patsy 17 Feb 11 - 04:16 AM
Dave MacKenzie 17 Feb 11 - 04:44 AM
J-boy 17 Feb 11 - 10:39 PM
GUEST, topsie 19 Feb 11 - 07:24 PM
YorkshireYankee 19 Feb 11 - 09:47 PM
Dave MacKenzie 20 Feb 11 - 04:50 AM

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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 09:10 AM

If it is an action fantasy movie I accept a few mistakes because it is fantasy any way so I overlook it but I do hate it when films don't pay attention to detail when it is supposed to be depicting a certain era and they get it totally wrong. Perhaps I am being icky-picky but it irritates me no end if the hair and style is all wrong. Westerns are a typical example, 1940's cowboy films depict women with 40s waves and curls, make up staying miraculously intact whatever the situation. 1950's Westerns done in a 50s style. In 1960's cowboy films the women wear modified 'beehives' sporting 60s make-up. Today in contrast hair of the actors or actresses often looks too well cut, coloured and conditioned and that can look just as unrealistic to me.

Westerns are just an example but any historical costume drama that is supposed to be in a particular time (even Biblical) is spoilt for me by inaccuracies like this. Biblical epic movies where the actress often is wearing a 50s foundation bra is hilarious.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: kendall
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 09:12 AM

M.A.S.H. was created by a Doctor in Waterville Maine. He did not like the choice for Hawkeye in the series.

Did you also know that Hoppalong Cassidy was created in Maine?


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 11:15 AM

Yes, Dave, as a kid I disliked Superman and loved Dan Dare (I suspect that some cultural differences were involved as well - I suppose that if you're British you don't really believe in omnipotent heroes ...?).


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: frogprince
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 05:11 PM

My all-time movie glitch; in "Somewhere In Time", Christopher Reeve drives up to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. If you've ever been on Mackinac Island, you'll understand.
My second-to-worst glitch on TV: There was a (short lived, I think) effort at a newer "Zorr o" series. I saw one episode. Several characters spent an extended time aloft in a hot air balloon...with no heat source.
My all-time TV boner: in some series which was mercifully euthenized at an early age: A radio-controlled toy car chassis, with a camera mounted on it, used for surveilance; the good guys watching on a TV monitor; the camera was a common 35mm film camera. This was on something made and sold for regular network television.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: mousethief
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 12:57 PM

My all-time movie glitch; in "Somewhere In Time", Christopher Reeve drives up to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. If you've ever been on Mackinac Island, you'll understand.

I can't remember if I went to Mackinac first, or saw the movie first. But I never caught it. That was a major fudge.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 02:08 PM

With the up and coming execution of Catherine Howard in The Tudors, it will be interesting to see if the correct axe is used!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: paula t
Date: 15 Feb 11 - 05:23 PM

Once found some old carol sheets. They included that well known traditional carol......"Shepherd's Arse."


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 16 Feb 11 - 05:03 AM

Another bit of Morse ~~ he is always going on about hie expertise at The Times crossword, but a recent rerun showed him doing the one in the Telegraph. Still, come to think of it, no reason he shouldn't do both, I suppose. I do, & The Guardian & Indy, esp when in my club, where copies available.

~M~


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: Will Fly
Date: 16 Feb 11 - 08:39 AM

There's a fun bit in one of the Morse episodes where he's walking down the corridor in the Oxford police station and comes to a door with a number-button lock on it. You know the style - 2 rows of numbers on a vertical panel and you press in 4 numbers to clear the lock. We had them on certain rooms at work. You have to stand there for at least 15-20 seconds to operate the thing.

Good old John Thaw got to the door, waved his fingers vaguely in front of it and opened it and walked through without breaking step. It's little things like that...

... which reminds me, Barnaby produced some "passport photos" of a missing suspect the other day - huge snaps that could never have been accepted as passport pics in a million years.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Feb 11 - 10:38 AM

I enjoy finding the small errors and few films are without them. If the movie purports to be "history," then I have a bigger problem. Of course no one needs to learn history through movies but I appreciate a decent try at least to provide the real story.

The jarring errors in an otherwise great movie are another story. Deer Hunter is an excellent and award winning film with a blockbuster cast. The scenes around their home were all shot on locations in eastern Ohio, the WVa panhandle and the western PA. border. This is an area of steep hills, the foothils of the Appalachians, and an outstanding area for deer hunting. Yet when the group heads out for a short drive to their favorite spot, they arrive two thousand miles away in the Rockies which make for great background but look nothing like the Appalachians. I'm sure others have never noticed because they are unfamiliar with the area but it really bugs me.....LOL

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 04:16 AM

The early British soap Crossroads had one big error hardly any of the cast could act. One laughable flaw was the shaking scenery, the old Doctor Who episodes had a similar flaw (polystyrene rocks) which in a way is why I have more affection for them than today's sophisticated hi-tech Doctors with their special effects.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 04:44 AM

The early Star Treks had the same problems, and they changed planets by changing the colour of the back-lighting.

The later Star Treks had better actors. In the past few days I've watched Armin Shimerman in 'The Hitcher', Marc Alaimo in 'Seems like Old Times' and a better than expected Jolene Blalock in 'I dream of Murder'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: J-boy
Date: 17 Feb 11 - 10:39 PM

The hunting scenes in The Deer Hunter were filmed in the Rockies? One of my all time favorite movies and yet(as you said)I never noticed. Thanks, Spaw.


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 07:24 PM

Maybe this belongs in the broadcasting standards thread, but something that annoys me is readers getting the emphasis wrong and either changing the meaning or rendering what they are reading meaningless. An example was a reading of Cider with Rosie a few years ago on Radio 4. Laurie's mother recounts how she went to Aldershot dressed in her Sunday best, including 'crochet-work gloves' - but in this reading she was wearing 'crochet work-gloves'!


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 19 Feb 11 - 09:47 PM

I'm not knowledgeable enough about planes, trains, cars, guns, architecture, geography etc. to be bothered by those kinds of mistakes.

However, I do notice when someone is playing an instrument (especially if it's a stringed instrument) and their fingering and/or bowing/strumming has no discernible connection to the music you hear (Pa's fiddling on Little House on the Prairie comes to mind). Likewise dancing that is entirely out of rhythm with the music being played
(I particularly remember an episode of Hart to Hart where they attended a Highland Games; they showed a minute or so of sword dancing where they clearly had just put some bagpipe music into the soundtrack while the dancing was going on. It was at least the right music for the sword dance, but the dancing was completely out of sync
with the music.) That kind of thing really does bug me and strikes me as real sloppiness -- they don't even need to do any research to see/hear that these things don't
match up, but can't be bothered to get it right...


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Subject: RE: BS: Do small errors in books, film &c matter
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 20 Feb 11 - 04:50 AM

I rewatched 'Chocolat' recently, and when Johnny Depp was playing slide on a National, it sounded more like a lap guitar without a resonator.


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