The Movie Cliches List, part 1
Piston-engine airplanes in the movies are unusually subject to engine failure. This failure mode is unique to filmdom - engine coughs, keeps running. Hero doesn't notice. Then it stutters, catches again. Hero notices, taps gas gauge, turns lever. Then it stutters exactly three times and stops immediately, including propeller. Only men are alcoholics. If there is more than one or two of an alien race, they are always roughly the same size as humans. Bad guys will always get killed by a snake, while the hero simply reaches out and picks it up with his bare hands. If the hero listens to his answering machine and one important message is unexpected then he usually has two very short messages on the tape before, one spoken by a man, one by a women. (this section courtesy of Keith Lynch) Here are the fundamental principles of movie asteroid science, as derived from the NBC miniseries "Asteroid": Asteroids travel through space making a noise like a powerful but subdued engine. .