I was just watching some of Cinema Sins' most recent videos on YouTube, and a specific element of the narrator's linguistic expressions hit me. I've heard him use it a few times before but never payed it much attention. I knew what it meant, but never gave it much thought as to what the specific meaning of the expression was when it came to cinema, television and movies.
The narrator often uses the "Ex Machina" from the expression "Deus Ex Machina", but he always uses it in combination with other words that he uses to replace the word Deus. Like in his video about the first TMNT movie he used it as "Telepathy Ex Machina" to mock the fact that at some point in the movie, somehow... Leonardo is able to be reached by Splinter telepathically when the latest is in danger of death, even though this power never was mentioned before and was never explained afterward.
And it made me wonder if you guys have any kind of interest for finding or discovering these things in movies, and if any of you had some specific examples of "Deus Ex Machina" events happening in movies and if you wanted to share them with me and other users who might be interested in this.
I could start things off with one of my personal favorites, which is basically the whole plot of the movie "Knowing" with Nicolas Cage. But for the sake of the discussion, I won't explain in details how this movie broke my soul in pieces, and I'll just focus on one of the aspects of the movie: The list of tragic events that will happen before the Earth is cleansed from mankind. If you guys didn't watch the movie, there is a list written by a little girl in the 1950's that predict very important catastrophic events that will happen in the future and that will kill a lot of humans. Somewhere during the movie, or maybe after the movie, you might start to ask yourself what is the intrinsic use of the list. And my answer to this is, well... nothing, it only serves the purpose of pushing Nicolas Cage's character into trying to understand the important events that will lead up to the end of the human race. But at no point is his participation ever required, and since these events are in someway linked to rational entities (who are apparently some kind of Aryan Angels), there is no kind of reason why the list should have ever been created. It only serves the function to make the movie plot move.
Anyway! If you guys are interested, feel free to share yours!