2012: A Year in Movie Mistakes

At their core, all narrative features are lies. We can will ourselves to believe we’re watching superheroes save Manhattan, but we know deep down that what we’re really seeing is costumed actors zipping around on wires and jumping in front of green screens. And like all great, big whoppers, the more moving parts there are, the more difficult it gets to keep everything straight.

The folks at MovieMistakes.com delight in pointing out the tiny mistakes that slip through, whether it’s a costume that’s been sloppily rearranged between takes or an anachronistic prop that’s been dropped into a period piece. Just as they did in 2011, they’ve just released a list of their favorite goofs of the year, as well as a tally of the most error-prone films of the year. Read them both after the jump.

[UPDATE: One of the filmmakers mentioned, Rian Johnson, has since responded to Looper‘s inclusion at #8 on the list. Hit the jump to see his tweet.]

It goes without saying that this is a really nitpicky way of looking at movies. But hey, sometimes we just can’t help but notice. Spotting mistakes can even be part of the fun.

Here are the site’s top ten errors of 2012, as voted by the site’s visitors:

1. Ice Age 4: Continental Drift – Manny refers to the pirate rabbit as the Easter Bunny, even though Easter never existed in prehistoric times.

2. Battleship – The Sampson is hit by one shell at first, leaving a large hole on the port side of the bow. But when it’s being pelted with shells during the second volley, the hole in the bow is gone.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man – When Peter falls through the roof and lands on the boxing ring, the planks on his body suddenly disappear.

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