When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

7/21/10

Are Scriptwriters Sane?

Am I the only one who notices how fake movies are? I never see mention of it in the media, not even editorials or reviews. Maybe I am wrong though, so please tell me if I am mistaken about the following things I think I keep seeing on t.v. shows and movies:

-Virtually every car, especially the one the protagonist happens to be riding in, always has squeaky brakes. That is, only when they stop for the last time and are about to get out. While they are traversing the city their brakes never squeak.

-Every time someone stops their car and gets out, if it is at night, they leave their lights on. While some cop cars may have dual battery systems with devices called battery isolators, most vehicles do not. I am always wondering if the people getting chased will get away due to the their pursuers' cars not being able to start again.

-In many shows, a person gets a flat tire so they stop and get out. They then run on foot. While this is true to life for a normal situation, if you were being pursued by a serial killer, would you get out just to save your car's rim from damage? Cars can and do drive on bare wheels. It is hard to steer, it sparks, it makes a groove in the street- but it still goes! Does any of that matter when your life is on the line? Just watch a few episodes of "COPS" and you will see someone do this sooner or later, sometimes with two or three tires shot out.



-It is also noteworthy how cars in movies are so completely bulletproof. Once in a while a bullet will break out the back window, or crack the windshield, but otherwise cars make perfect shields from bullets in tv-land. A person hiding behind an open car door always seems to come out unscathed after the outer door gets riddled with a dozen bullet holes. This recurring mistake must perturb cops and other gun owners incessantly. Anyone sitting within these piles of sheet metal are sitting ducks with no bullet protection at all, unless their car is specially adapted to be bulletproof, such as the presidential limo. One shot from a .45 handgun can go through a car the long way including the engine block. This video shows how even shotgun pellets go clear through both sides of a car door. This is why police academies train officers that "a car is a coffin"- meaning if there is potential for gunfire, get out of the cruiser quick! The same applies to other ridiculous shields people use in movies. Since when are wooden house doors, kitchen tables, and mattresses bullet resistant? I even seen one movie where there was a shootout in the forest. The bullets not only bounced off of the trees, but also made sparks as they ricocheted.

-Isn't it amazing how all tv characters are such extremely poor shots? Even characters who would in real life practice with marksmanship such as police officers and soldiers, can't seem to hit a person 20 feet away even with a machine gun. I have seen several movies where six or more people with machine guns spray their bullets at a target and fail to hit him even once. Then the hero jumps out from behind his cover, usually an overturned formica table, and picks off his attackers while they just stand there. It also seems that when a person has run a block away, they cannot hit them, so they stop shooting at them. On boxes of the smallest bullets- .22 caliber- it always says: " Warning: Dangerous up to 2 miles". It may be hard to hit something accurately at that range with that caliber, but if it is dangerous up to two miles, then you would think a .38 could hit someone more than one block away. As one site says, "Even after flying 400 yards (370 m), a stray .22 bullet is still traveling at approximately 500 feet (150 m) per second, which can inflict a very serious wound, and a standard .22 cartridge can have a ballistic range of up to a mile and a half (2400 m)."


-When a person does get shot, it is even more interesting. If it is the good guy, they always get shot in the shoulder. Then they cradle it while still running around for an hour or so. Later you see them walking around smiling, their arm in a sling. Actually, a major artery and a major vein go through your shoulder area to supply your arm. It would be hard not to nick one of these in such a small area. Not to mention the great nerve to the arm, all that cartilage, etc. Ask anyone who has ever had a torn rotator cuff what shoulder injuries feel like, and how many years they are in pain from it. Add to that the possibility of bleeding to death in a few seconds, and you have the reality of a bullet to the shoulder region. Unless it misses by a few inches, and pierces your upper lung- then you will simply drown in your own blood.



-The bad guys usually get shot in the head. If you had ever seen this happen for real, you would burst out laughing every time you see this in a movie. In movies, the victim has a tiny dot of red where the bullet entered, and a small trickle of blood going down his forehead. Isn't it convenient how human skulls so neatly encapsulate blood and brains, at least in tv-land? In reality, blood and brains fly everywhere, and a large part of the skull flies off. To see a real video of this, watch the Zapruder film of the JFK murder. Or watch "Traces of Death" (see link below), a compilation of gory films that are real. (not to be confused with the laughably phony 'faces of death'). On the same note, it is also something how a bad guy can get shot anywhere and die instantly, but a good guy can get shot anywhere, and run around for hours- surviving every time.


-What bothers me the most is how poor people are portrayed. The vast majority of the time, they wear baggy sweaters, have alcoholic boyfriends, work as waitresses, and of course always live in trailers. They also argue a lot, play bingo, and have delinquent kids. Not only is this stereotype portrayed in a variety of movies and tv shows, but even in so-called reality based movies. The antagonist is frequently pegged into the 'poor' role, trailer and all. See the movie "8Mile" for an excellent example of this, though by no means the only one.
In one episode of Roseanne, one of her daughters moved into a trailer- and the trailer trash jokes flew throughout the episode. I never liked that show anyway. But I did used to like Seinfeld alot, until I seen one certain episode. Elaine had a new boyfriend; she liked him alright- until she found out he was poor. She kept telling her friends,"He's poor!!!" then laughed about it. I never watched Seinfeld again.

A more accurate portrayal of poor people would be like this: ...someone who works at walmart, and can't afford expensive habits like drinking, smoking, or bingo; living in a small house and if they have kids, utilizing schools and relatives to watch them while they work, raising them very carefully so they don't have to work at a dead end job too someday. Constant arguing, wearing sweaters, and leading turbulent home lives may or not be true any more than the rich people across town...

-Another phony tv item is the constant vilification of cats. Scriptwriters without exception portray cats as mischievous pests, who always break household items, meow alot, and rattle trash cans at the most inopportune times. Never in my life have I had a cat that broke a fragile item in my house. They are dainty/careful, and very nimble. They do not just go around breaking all your stuff. A few cats, especially Siamese breeds, meow alot, but most do not. Some never meow.



-I have saved the most annoying tv-land thing of all for last. It has become an obsessive buzz-term of sorts, and is appearing in virtually every movie lately. When someone is chasing someone or being chased, attacking or being attacked, or otherwise in hot water, there is always a character that shouts, "GO!GO!GO!". Never just "Go!", always 3 go's. Always. I even noticed it in Avatar. It is like an addictive slang word that scriptwriters just can't stop using. They seem to think that whenever someone is in a hurry, they will say 'go' three times, without exception. This is nearly as fake as the 555 phone numbers, or the cars without rear view mirrors.

In conclusion, I would like to add that this is a sampling only- there are numerous other items I could have listed (feel free to add any I missed in the comments section).

I question the degree of reality that Hollywood scriptwriters are living in. Do they really believe that poor people live in pull behind campers parked in a lot with lights strung around all year long??? Do they really think that cars and tables are bulletproof, and that a head shot bleeds one drop? What do they think goes on in the real world? It is hard telling since they are most likely rich and insulated from the world they write about.


            Howard Hughes- former scriptwriter???


While their work is usually supposed to be fictional, it should still have some semblance of reality woven into it.



(c) james platt

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