Posted by: outremanche | July 14, 2007

The Nitpickers site – A shrine for movie moaners


If you’re the sort of person who delights in spoiling TV viewing for everyone else in the room by saying something like “Noooo waaaayyy would that happen in real life!” when…

  • The A-Team have a 10-minute gunfight with the evil property developer and his henchmen who are trying to force the old folks out of their home to build a car park, but no-one gets killed despite 15,000 rounds being fired and 3 grenades being thrown, or…
  • Jackie Chan simultaneouly fights eight ninjas and wins despite being tied-up AND drugged, or…
  • Some lantern-jawed hero in an action film has just escaped from the bad guy’s base by making his getaway through the sewers, but still has spotless clothes and perfectly combed hair afterwards

…then you urgently need a visit to where you will probably be glued for the rest of the day.  As the name suggests the site is a paradise on earth for movie nitpickers.  In addition to plot criticisms, the nitpicks include tons of howlers spotted by eagle-eyed viewers in even the best films: (“That Roman soldier by the door in the temple scene is wearing a watch…” or “You can see the camera crew’s reflection in the mirror just behind Sherlock Holmes”) through to more pseudo-scientific gripes  (“That craft could never fly in real life – the aerodynamics are all wrong!” or “The author clearly hasn’t understood the string theory, because…”).  The number of films listed is huge and appears to include all of the major productions and most of the lesser-known ones too.
Think you just saw a great film?  Go and check it out on the Nitpickers site and think again

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