View Full Version : The Insultingly Stupid world of movies

15-10-2003, 13:42:26

Funny site for all the nerds out there. They've completely overanalyzed the physics in hundreds of movies and proven how absurd they are. The best part is, these nerds actually calculate hard numbers to do the mocking. For example in the review of the BS (Beyond Stupid) dragons-attack-London movie "Reign of Fire" the site pointed out that if the dragons had scales so thick that modern surface-to-air missiles bounced off, they'd be much too heavy to take wing. And go ahead and assume that fire-breathing animals can exist; but if they do, "any energy transferred out of the dragon in the form of flames must first go into the dragon in the form of food." The scene in which a dragon melts an entire tank convoy would require, the Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics reviewer calculated, the equivalent of at least 100 gallons of petroleum for flame energy, which in turn would require the dragon to ingest the equivalent of 12,000 milkshakes. Ridiculously, we are told the dragons subsist by consuming ashes from the fires they ignite. But ashes have, by definition, already lost most of their energy content.

Nerds are funny.

15-10-2003, 13:50:05
Nerds need girlfriends.

15-10-2003, 13:50:54
And how.

15-10-2003, 14:53:57
I thought Reign of Fire was highly amusing and entertaining.

15-10-2003, 14:55:07
Apparently the laws of physics prevent it from ever happening, though.

15-10-2003, 15:33:30
That post up there has got to be your longest ever

15-10-2003, 15:40:32
Is it worth reading?

15-10-2003, 15:58:07
own goal

15-10-2003, 17:40:51
I stole most of it from somplace else. Actually almost all of it except for the first sentance and a half and the last sentance.

15-10-2003, 18:32:46
7 years in Tibet

What's this we hear? Gun fire and yet we see no sparks! This alone would warrant a [GP] but it gets better. We couldn't help thinking of coefficient of friction, vector components, and forces as Peter hung swinging like a pendulum over the precipice while Henry (Brad Pitt) struggled to hold the rope and pull him back to safety. Had it not been too dark to see our calculator buttons, we would have attempted estimating the local acceleration due to gravity based on the period of Ralph's swing. Oh well, we'll have to wait for the video. Besides all this (if we may be permitted a brief digression from our mission of rating movie physics) the scenery, plot, and dialog were awesome. Seven Years in Tibet is proof that good movies can have good physics.


15-10-2003, 21:05:41
Sounds like that episode of the Simpsons where Homer is the voice of a cartoon and they meet up with the fans.