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20 Nov 2011, 11:13 pm

Although I sometimes have trouble understanding things, recognizing people, or remembering names, I think I generally do okay figuring out movies and television shows, in spite of all that. My mistakes are pretty funny, though. But the main thing that gets me is how hard it is to get the dialogue when people talk during it. There are lots of places where characters pause in their speech long enough to make a comment. My father taught me to wait for these moments when I was a kid. It's easier for me to find those pauses in a scripted performance than in a real conversation I'm in. But NTs seem not to be able to find the movie dialogue pauses - or they just don't care about them - so they talk right through them. Then I lose track of what's going on. How can they get (and understand the importance of) the pauses on the fly, in real life conversation, but not in movie and television dialogue? I don't get it. And it hurts my brain when they do that. :scratch:

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20 Nov 2011, 11:19 pm

I hate it. My entire family will talk right over dialogue and I can't understand the dialogue. It's like they have no awareness that "watching TV" is doing something and it is rude to interrupt.


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21 Nov 2011, 2:07 pm

I focus on things of interest to me. For example, since I'm a actor, I notice when someone is not playing a character appropriately, or if they made a choice on how to portray a character in a different way than I would. Old acting joke: How many actors does it take to change a light bulb? Answer is 100 - one to actually do it, and 99 to say "I could have done that better!" 8)

I also work in the aviation industry, so I notice things about aircraft others don't. For example - if they say that they are flying a Gulfstream aircraft, I'll check the shape of the windows for their tell-tale shape to see if they actually ARE filming a Gulfstream (this tends to happen a lot on NCIS and Burn Notice). I'll file away registration numbers to look them up later sometimes.

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21 Nov 2011, 2:29 pm

I don't have any trouble following the plot of a movie, but I notice tons of little details a lot of people don't seem to notice or care about at all. It bothers me when I see guns being fired without recoil or people emptying ridiculous amounts of ammo without reloading. I'll notice if a person with a certain gun fires more bullets than the magazine capacity of the gun... stuff like that. And specifically with horror movies, I can't relate to them at all because the characters are incredibly stupid and do incredibly stupid things. They never shoot a gun when they have a chance. They always wait until it's too late and waste their ammo. They NEVER make sure the enemy is actually dead, and it becomes predictable. There's a struggle, someone gets knocked unconscious or shot, and he's presumed to be dead. Then they stop paying attention to that person immediately. Then later they'll be like "yeah, it's over, he's dead. Look, there's the body." And then there's no body... that kinda stuff is so predictable and lame to me.