Thursday, August 25, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Things That Only Happen In Movies

Rowland from Dark Compass has his ten ten list of things that only happen in movies that he sent to topofthepods@gmail.com. Jon and Rob come to the conclusion that your standard Hollywood script isn't exactly intelligent design in todays www.topofthepods.com top ten podcast:-

  • 10 – The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris
  • 9 – It is always possible to find a parking spot directly outside or opposite the building you are visiting.
  • 8 – Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at the precise moment it's aired (aka Six Feet Under).
  • 7 – Cars will explode instantly when struck by a single bullet.
  • 6 – No matter how savagely a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.
  • 5 – One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at once
  • 4 – You can always find a chainsaw when you need one.
  • 3 - In Middle America, all gas station attendants have red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets.
  • 2 – Anyone can land a 747 as long as there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.
  • 1 – The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. Nobody will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building undetected.


15 comments:

Bazza said...

Another good show.

I like science fiction movies, but I find it a bit annoying when they have artificial gravity fields, I don't see how that's possible. It's fine if the gravity is produced through centrifugal force by rotating the craft and through constant acceleration.
I ignore that fact when watching Red Dwarf though.

That episode of the X-Files you mentioned is a good one, I liked that. I have every episode on dvd.

Evil Dead II is a good movie with a chainsaw as well. Groovy!!

Jason said...

What about martial arts movies? I just love that a shuriken (throwing star) with points an inch long can kill someone when thrown from 40 yards away.

And let's not forget those groovy 600-shot revolvers...

Al said...

How about marital arts movies? I just love it that a rolling pin with no points on it can totally disable a man when thrown through the kitchen window.

Bazza said...

I downloaded a load of old episodes last night and I listened to 11 episodes in a row at work this morning.

Just thought I'd mention that. ;)

JH said...

I notice the medical impossibilities in movies:

ICU patients NOTt looking swollen and horrible

Sounds of a ventilator in the background, but the patient doesn't have an endotracheal tube (how is the air getting into the patient?)

Monitors at the patient's bedside, but nobody is watching them

Pulp Fiction's famous intracardiac injection reviving Uma Thurman (actually, a little intravenous naloxone would have done the trick, but it's not nearly as dramatic)

Anonymous said...

"Middle America" is a clumsy, pants term that basically means all of the United States except the big cities on the East and West Coast. It's generally used by people in those big cities who like to think they're more sophisticated than their rural countrymen ("rural" being very relative here). So it's more of a cultural term than a geographic one.
I live in the middle of North Carolina, much nearer the eastern edge of the US, but this is "middle America" culturally.

Paul

Anonymous said...

lol i just listened to some old TOTP shows and top 10 reasons why i is proud to be american was so funny!

Bazza said...

Yeah I listened to that one recently as well, hilarious.

Bazza said...

On the subject of old episodes, how do you subscribe to the older episodes not on the front page, is there a different URL for them or do you just have to download the mp3s individually?

My iTunes subscription only goes back to Top 10 Sandwiches.

Grant said...

If you live in Leith (home of Irvine Welsh's "Trainspotting"), many of the telephone numbers start with the mythical American area code 555. I know mine does; I keep hoping to hear my actual number crop up in a film sometime, but it's never happened. So, the chances are if you were sad enough to ring a number you found in a film, you'd end up speaking to someone round here. Most likely a ned or junkie. Probably.

Bazza said...

That 555 thing does quite annoy me actually. If all numbers start with 555, why not just get rid of the first 3 digits and then every number will be 3 digits shorter.

Anonymous said...

The Reason its 555 is because thats is the onl telephone number that it not in use in the here in the states every other phone combination is usually someones real number. And if films use someones actual number and the get rung up its usually some idiot that trys to sue the film company.

Bazza said...

Why not just use a number that's one digit shorter than a real phone number? That way it will sound realistic and won't coincide with an actual number.

digitaldion said...

Words that should not be said on this (or any other show):

- Windows
- Microsoft
- Bill Gates (more a name than a word... But still)
- Anything to do with... Well you get the idea....

Mat said...

Also, if you're running away form people shooting at you, you won't be shot.