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At Least It Wasn't Rock N' Roll Cops 2: The Adventure Begins

Smitheeite slyon found this little gem of real life converging with Smithees a bit back:

Crappy Movies Are Destroying Your Brain, Say Scientists

You already knew that watching movies like Jumper or the Planet of the Apes remake makes your brain hurt, but now neuroscientists have proof. When you watch a great movie, your brain marches in lockstep with the brains of the other viewers. Terrible movies invoke synaptic chaos. Could filmmakers use this knowledge to create movies that intentionally tap into your neural responses?

A bunch of scientists at New York University made their test subjects watch several movies while recording their brain patterns with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI - basically like stop-motion MRI). We checked, and none of the scientists was named Dr. Clayton Forrester or TV's Frank. In any case, the subjects watched a Hitchcock movie, a portion of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." They also watched unedited footage of a concert in a park as a control.

The results showed that the brain patterns of subjects watching a "good" movie (Hitchcock) were remarkably similar - 65 percent similar, in fact. The number diminished slightly with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly , and further for the sitcom, with similarity bottoming out with the raw footage (around 5 percent). The researchers did not test the subjects with Monster A Go-Go or Star Force: Fugitive Alien II, but then they probably wouldn't have been able to get informed consent.

Monster A Go-Go? Hey! That one's in the Smithee Database! Go us! I have to ask though...do we want to live in a world where everyone's brain patterns march to the same tune? Haven't we done that movie already?

-Your Friendly Neighborhood Bad Movie Watchin Ninja Fool


If you're watching Bad Movie, what is his wife doing??
Manning the taser!
So... with a "good" movie, everybody thinks the same thoughts. With a "bad" movie, everybody is free to think their own thoughts.

Further proof that bad movies, when survived, help with free thinking. :)