2011: A Year In Movie Mistakes

Most movie fans watch movies hoping for the best. We don't want to see something bad, we want to be transported to another place and entertained for two hours so, even with a bad movie, we'll try to find something good in it. On the flip side, if you watch a movie looking for the negative, you're going to find it.

The gang who frequent MovieMistakes.com do just that. They watch movies and look for mistakes. Mistakes in the costumes, editing, production design, basically anything in the mise en scene that a director or editor missed. They then file those in an impressive database and with 2011 coming to a close, they've posted their Best Of lists.

Check out The Best Movie Mistakes of 2011 and The Most Mistakes in a 2011 Movie after the jump.

Both of these lists are from MovieMistakes.com, a site that can literally kills hours of your time. We're only posting the top ten of each list.

Here are the ten Best Movie Mistakes of 2011, as voted on by the site's readers.

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – Why is there snow in Hogsmeade when the trio gets there and meets Aberforth? Hogsmeade and Hogwarts are within walking distance of each other, yet there is no snow at Hogwarts.

2. X-Men: First Class – In First Class, Professor X is made handicapped in 1962 at the end of the movie. In the previous X-men movie, he was walking when he visited the girl (Jean) in the mid 70s with Magneto.

3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon – In the first scene with Carly coming up the stairs she is wearing a white cap, when the camera changes to the front view and she is holding the stuffed rabbit the cap is gone.

4. The Green Hornet – When Reid and Kato are fighting by the pool, the beach ball falls off the chair (beside the pool) when they land in the water, but is back up on the chair in a following shot.

5. Source Code – This scene is repeated multiple times in the movie: usually when the main character enters the "source code" the scene begins by panning over a small pond showing a Canadian goose taking flight. However the sound editor makes the mistake of dubbing in a recording of a hen mallard duck.

6. Fast Five – The gang steal four brand new Police spec 2011 Dodge Chargers. When Brian and Dom yank the safe out, the Chargers they're driving are older spec, with the old tail lights. Han and Roman are seen driving the other, new Chargers later in that chase.

7. The Hangover Part 2 – Bradley Cooper calls Stu "Ed" when they are fleeing from Russians with the monkey.

8. Scream 4 – In the final shot of the film, Jill's head moves slightly when she's supposed to be dead.

9. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Captain Barbossa's ship has a modern Union Jack flying on the stern. The film is set in the reign of George II (1727 – 1760). The flag shown includes the cross of St Patrick, although Ireland did not become part of the United Kingdom until 1801, and the Union Jack at the time of the film would have comprised only the crosses of St George (England) and St Andrew (Scotland).

10. Thor – When the Destroyer arrives amidst the Shield agents, a coffee cup sitting on the dash of one of the vehicles spills over. The next shot it can be seen lying on its side. The reverse angle shot then shows it upright again.

Update: Read 2012: A Year in Movie Mistakes

You can read the next 19 on their site.

And here are the movies with the most mistakes recorded on the site in 2011.

  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon – 58 mistakes
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – 52 mistakes
  • X-Men: First Class – 30 mistakes
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – 20 mistakes
  • Super 8 – 17 mistakes
  • Captain America: The First Avenger – 16 mistakes
  • Paul – 14 mistakes
  • Scream 4 – 11 mistakes
  • The Hangover Part 2 – 11 mistakes
  • The Mechanic – 10 mistakes

There are 70 more on the site.

The one disclaimer about these, of course, is that a lot of the site is user generated so films that people see more of and obsess over are sure to be scrutinized more. Hence a movie like Transformers being on both lists. I'm sure The Artist has a lot of mistakes in it too but the average fanboy isn't obsessively watching a film like that.

Do you watch movies and pick these kind of things out?

Update: Read 2012: A Year in Movie Mistakes