I love movies.
Okay, that’s about as obvious a statement from me as “Panera is overpriced” or “pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza.”
It’s true, though. I’m a bonafide film buff.
One of my favorite things to do when I’m watching a movie is to look for goofs.
You know, things that don’t add up, either due to lack of thought or a glitch in editing.
The worse the movie is, the more entertaining it is to find something that doesn’t click.
For example, there’s a scene in the Chuck Norris classic The Delta Force where one of the villains is firing a handgun at a retreating good guy. The only problem is the gun is clearly empty because the action is kicked back, but you can still hear a gunshot.
Why yes, I do, in fact, have a lot of time on my hands.
Movie goofs aren’t limited to bad movies, either. In the scene where Sonny Corleone kicks Carlo’s ass in The Godfather, you can clearly see one of Sonny’s fists fly in front of Carlo’s face, but Carlo still reacts like he’s punched.
Or in Star Wars when a Stormtrooper bumps his head on one of the rising doors? That one is absolutely priceless.
One of my all-time favorite goofs is from the original Red Dawn, that movie where Communists invade the United States and they have to contend with Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen.
During the opening attack, a soldier fires a rocket launcher, but when the rocket is launched you can clearly see a string tied to the back of it.
Was that just in case the guy missed his target and he could just reel it back in?
The most recent example I can recall is from another Chuck Norris classic Code of Silence (which I’m indulging in today while my wife is asleep).
At the beginning of the film, a hit squad shows up to take down members of a rival drug gang. When you see them load their Uzis, one of the guns has a suppressor on it while the other one clearly does not.
Were they opting for a selective silent attack?
The next time you pop a movie in, keep an eye out to see how many goofs you can spot.
It’s even more fun of the movie is just plain bad, boring, or poorly-made.