I have a pet peeve. It’s a small, rather unremarkable one. Ok, I have a ton of pet peeves but tonight I will just mention the one. I’m not even sure how to describe/categorize it. Movie props for American movies filmed in Canada.
Well, let me explain. So, for a long time I’ve enjoyed watching Christmas movies. I don’t care if they’re theatrical releases on TV, or made-for-tv. They don’t even have to be any good. They just have to be Christmas-y. Maybe I’m just becoming a Scrooge, or I’m too tired, or more likely, I’ve already seen every movie made. This year I can’t seem to sit to watch a movie for more than 10 minutes. What is bugging me so much? It’s the props.
I have a running joke with my husband about movie props. Years ago I surprised him by my keen ability in telling if a movie was filmed in Canada, merely seconds after the movie begins. Finally I told him my secret. If I see a US mailbox within the first 10 seconds of a film, it is almost definitely filmed in Canada. They (whoever the movie people are) use it to set the scene. Watch a show filmed in the United States and you’ll rarely see this. It’s true… check it out for yourself. What I found irritating (besides the low budget quality of the movie, and the cheesy dialogue… ok, maybe I am a bit Scrooge like) is seeing all the inconsistencies in their “scene setting”. The movie I watched tonight (for 5 minutes) showed the mail box. Ok, so good, we’re in the United States… phew, I thought we were in Ontario for a second there. As I’m staring at this mailbox, a lady wears a plastic bag as a hat. The plastic bag belongs to a retail chain called Dollarama, which is based out of Quebec. Then behind her, across the street is a Canadian post office truck. But don’t worry, they’ve posted over the logo with American stars & stripes. On the building behind them, they’ve hung Stars & Stripes banners. Do they even do this in the States in December? Isn’t that more of a 4th of July thing?
I found all of this so distracting, I couldn’t follow the lame plot and so I turned off the TV. I’d rather scrapbook anyway.
Yes, I AM a scrooge!
I’ll stick to Claymation and White Christmas for my holiday movies from now on.
Anyway, here are the layouts I’ve made this past week (Click to enlarge):
Holiday 2011 Template #4 – Simply Tiffany Studios (Tiffany Tillman’s Holiday Templates 2011 Class at reneepearson.com)
Life is a dancefloor – Ju Kneipp & Laura Banasiak
Fairytale dreams kit – Mari Koegelenberg