I thought this article was a lot of fun, especially since I remember thinking some of these very things when watching these movies. “But, but, but how can...?” ran through my mind on more than a few occasions watching the films on this list. The good news is that, when I was younger and took this sort of thing more seriously, these types of plot holes provided tons of fun debates and efforts to “solve” the problem.
This post has generated a ton of responses in the comments section, many of them funny. I’m glad someone answered the question a poster asked regarding Lord of the Rings: “Why didn’t Frodo just hitch a ride with the giant eagle, and fly to Mt. Doom to destroy the Ring?” Ahh, because, Young Grasshopper, The Eye was Always Watching! Always! Remember the 300 or so quick cuts to The Eye during the movies, showing it searching for the Ring all over Middle Earth? Remember how The Nine were drawn to the Ring? Remember how Gandalf, Aragorn, and the others led a last battle against Mordor in the hope that Sauron would take His Eye away from its search just long enough to give Frodo a shot at slipping through? Anyway, that’s why - the eagle would have been spotted long before it had a chance to get Frodo to the drop point.
My favorite loop hole not on the list? It’s from The Terminator movies, especially the first one. When the Terminators time travel back to disrupt the events that lead to the existence of John Conner, why not go back to 1880, and kill his great-grandfather? That way, there is no technology that could even conceivably be used to stop a terminator. The only explanation I can think of is that the machines did not want to potentially jeopardize their own existence by tampering with history too early, where there would be less control over the subsequent impact. But, I’m open to other theories (besides the idea that a terminator dodging 19th century technology from people on horseback would not have been nearly as entertaining a film).