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November, 2015

  1. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

    November 17, 2015 by Graham Pellegrino

    E.T. is a movie we all probably grew up watching.  Steven Spielberg mashes usually scary aliens, with a cute kids going on adventures, to create one of the best family movies of all time.  E.T. was so captivating for kids of our generation that we still make “phone home” references and pretend to have a light on the end of our fingers and touch our friends heart.  E.T. is a classic movie that while released in the 1980’s, still gets me excited to find on TV today.  While kids acting is usually not that good, something about Elliot, Gertie, and all the friends seemed just so honest and believable, and reminds all of us of our carefree days of our youth.  Little did we know that Elliot (Henry Thomas) was the same kid from the 1981 Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad with Joe Green, commonly remembered for iconic line “Hey Kid, Catch!”.  Becoming even more famous than Elliot was Gertie, played by Drew Barrymore who would become a star in movies like Donnie Darko, Scream, and Charlie’s Angels.  For as good as E.T. is there is one gaping plot hole that as children we were too young to see and now usually are just so focused in watching a movie that reminds us of our childhood, we do not notice either.

    So in the end of E.T.  we learn that the alien can levitate, as while running from the authorities on bicycles the kids are all picked up into the sky and fly away to escape.  So why does the alien not levitate to his ship as it flies away, or does this in the beginning of the movie just to escape the authorities?  Using the levitating power when it is convenient in the story and supplies a swell of emotion in viewers does not always make sense logically.  If the alien used this power more logically he could have gone back to his ship, tapped on its window, let on board the ship, and flown away.  Now this would not make for much of a movie, but it would have at least made some logical sense of use of this levitating power.  One explanation is that he was adjusting to Earth’s gravity, and did not know how to levitate here yet.

    So while there is this one plot hole it does not take away from the quality of the movie.  Providing one of the most iconic images in film history, the bike flying in front of the moon, the movie is entertaining for all ages.  E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is one of the greatest movie made by Disney and Steven Spielberg, and if you have not seen this movie already over Thanksgiving break watching it should definitely be on your list of things to do!  

  2. The Matrix

    November 3, 2015 by Graham Pellegrino

    In 1999 the movie goers were introduced to the futuristic world of The Matrix.  The science fiction thriller captured the attention of audiences everywhere, and was successful enough to convince people to go and see two low quality sequels.  The idea for those who have not seen this fantastic movie, is that machines have taken over the earth, but after humans blocked out the machines power source, the sun, machines learned to survive on human bio-electricity. The machines harvest humanity and allow them to live in a dream world, called the Matrix.  A team of human rebels who are fighting the machines in the real world, are able to manipulate physics in the Matrix so fight the machines control.  If a rebel dies in the Matrix they die in the real world as well.  Rebels need to be called in and out of the Matrix by an operator in the real world through a phone, in typical 90’s fashion usually a payphone.  So when rebel traitor Cypher has secret meetings with the machine powers who run the Matrix, who is calling him in and out of the Matrix world?  This is the plot hole I’m going to focus on in this post.

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    To enter and exit the Matrix, an operator must dial a person in and out of the Matrix.  Essentially a minimum of two people are required to complete a mission for the rebels inside the Matrix, an operator and the rebel going inside the Matrix to complete a mission.  When Cypher enters the Matrix to plan on betraying the rebels, who is calling him in and out?  A person cannot call themselves in or out of the Matrix, so how does he keep getting into the Matrix to plan his betrayal of the rebel team.  The complicated science behind all of the Matrix world may have confused even the writers and directors, the Wachowski brothers.  As everything in The Matrix seems to take a deep focus to wrap your mind around, it was probably just looked over as how Cypher got in and out of the Matrix.

    The Matrix is a great stand alone movie, and the sequels are really not necessary to watch.  The Matrix world is a complicated one, that with everything going on one detail of how Cypher got in and out of the Matrix was just overlooked.  Still it is annoying to viewers to find such an obvious plot hole that is never addressed.  If Cypher was just given a partner of a second rebel to betray everyone with, the plot hole is solved.  But there is no explained way for Cypher to get in and out of the Matrix on his own.  Still The Matrix is a great and entertaining science fiction movie.  If in the complicated world of the Matrix or one of the movies sequels I missed something, and it was explained how Cypher got in and out of the Matrix without help I would love to hear; or if you have an idea for a different movie plot hole let me know!

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