We can't help it. Every day we find ourselves in situations that trigger movie memories - and yet we never stop to think how ruined we've been by the movies we've consumed. A steady diet of Hollywood has warped our view of the ordinary (offices, conference rooms) and heightened our fears of the scary (clowns, log cabins). Any genre of movie can distort our view. Think Jaws and beaches, Office Space and consultants, and Pulp Fiction and watches. Yuck.
Which of these things have been most tainted by years and years of movies?
Whether it's a premature retirement, bitter farewell gift, or precious (and doomed) family heirloom, a gold watch on film usually signals nothing but bad. If you own one, sorry - but it might have been up your dad's war buddy's ass.
Really, just Top Gun ruined this one. Forever.
Has anything positive ever happened in an office conference, according to all movies? Think hard. Nope. Not a one.
Airplanes are used for one thing in movies: To cause you unconscious anxiety. People tense up during airplane or airport sequences without even realizing it, mixing their own remembered travel horrors with whatever they're seeing on screen. Now when you travel, you get super tensed up, expecting to either be booted from the plane or dying in a fiery wreck.