Another thing I have noticed is that, when a movie or TV character goes shopping for groceries, they always carry the groceries in a paper bag, and there is always a baguette, some carrots and a bunch of celery sticking out the top. How many people actually eat baguettes? Celery? How many stores pack their groceries in paper bags? And of course, the paper bag is always being carried by a woman -- Meg Ryan? -- and the road is always slippery, and she drops the bag. This is when our hero swoops in and rescues her and her
I love Chinese food. It is my favorite food next to Indian and Japanese. The spicier the food is, the better -- and I love eating with chopsticks. We have some wonderful Chinese restaurants here in Vancouver, and I often order take-out when the Munchkins are visiting. They're pretty adept at using chopsticks, too. But only in the movies do you see Chinese food being delivered in actual Chinese take-out boxes. Here in Vancouver our Chinese food is delivered in little flat, round containers with aluminum foil lids. There's something sort of je ne sais quoi about eating Chinese food out of the Chinese take-out container, with chopsticks. It's just not the same from the little flat, round containers. Only in the movies...
A few other things I have noticed only in movies -- if someone is having a nightmare, they sit bolt upright, panting, when they wake up.
No one ever says "Goodbye" after a telephone conversation.
You can always find a taxi when you need one, except if you are being chased -- in which case you must always run down a dark, blind alley.
You can see the Eiffel Tower from every location in Paris.
If a detective is "taken off the case", you know he is going to solve it.
In a war movie, if a fellow is writing a letter to his mother, you know there is a bullet with his name on it.
When you pull your car up in front of someone's house -- where there is always a parking spot -- you must honk your horn, twice.
If the Earth is being invaded by aliens from outer space, you never hide, but instead go outside to investigate the space ship hovering over your house -- especially if you're in Paris, and of course you have a view of the Eiffel Tower.
Only in the movies...