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 Posted:   Jan 11, 2012 - 4:20 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

This has been going on since the dawn of movies, but the hero gets into a fight, gets punched & kicked in the face many times...& maybe a tiny trickle of blood & a small bruisette on the cheek, which is gone in the next scene. Years ago a workmate got kicked in the face during a rugby game, he had a big black & yellow bruise that didn't go for months, & his face was swollen so he looked like Quasimodo for about eight months.

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2012 - 4:30 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

A character will go through a lengthy and horrifying experience, but will forget all by the end of the film.

  • Regan from The Exorcist - "She doesn't remember any of it."

  • Carol Anne from Poltergeist - "She doesn't seem to remember any of it."

    Perhaps it's possible for a person to blank something out as a defense mechanism, but it happens too easily in film.

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     Posted:   Jan 22, 2012 - 5:22 PM   
     By:   dan the man   (Member)

    Some of you may go against this, but films rated r, there is more cursing going on then what goes on most of the time in real life, i have notice that over the years.Yes as well on the other side of the coin Hollywood has also given us some over done sugar coated movies where it goes the other way too much. Such is the film industry.

     
     
     Posted:   Jan 22, 2012 - 5:25 PM   
     By:   dan the man   (Member)

    To Adam B- yes but remember generally speaking most characters in films face a bit more hectic activities then the averge person, i don't think alot of people really think how pretty boring and uneventful many people lives are, when you take it day by day, that is why people watch TV, movies and read newspapers.

     
     
     Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 1:02 AM   
     By:   Nightingale   (Member)

    More of a TV show failing, but when somebody wants to have a private conversation with a person, they will take two steps away (BUT BE IN THE SAME ROOM!) from the person they don't want to hear the conversation and then talk.

    OMG! How overused is this plot: true blue super-duper government/military person (or team) is falsely accused and set up as a rogue or turned or out-of-control agent and thus all government/law enforcement services (and the bad guys) are now doing everything in their power to kill said agent/team. Super person overcomes overwhelming odds (and personnel) and gets the bad guy and proves their innocence.

    A partial list:

    Mission:Impossible I, III, IV
    Bourne Movies
    Salt
    Haywire
    Apparently the upcoming Denzel Washington movie
    Shooter
    Upcoming GI Joe movie
    U.S. Marshalls
    Most Wanted
    RED

    wow, I could go on forever...

     
     
     Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 4:34 AM   
     By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

    Again more TV-ish than filmish, I hate it when two people are having an argument, then one of them comes out with the final insult (or a mention of something bad the other did in the past) and walks haughtily out of the room, leaving the other to silently suck in his cheeks and look into blank space in an actorly way.

     
     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 4:26 AM   
     By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

    I can't remember if anyone mentioned this one before - maybe I did myself...

    When someone's friend or loved one is savagely killed, does the other person really scream the word "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" like that?

     
     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 5:56 AM   
     By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

    In almost every film I've seen, in the action scenes it's always the hero who shouts to everyone to "get down" when they're under fire, or to "hang on", plane/car whatever. Like it wouldn't occur to people to do that if he wasn't around.

     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 9:54 AM   
     By:   gone   (Member)

    MAJOR PET PEEVE : overstated, exaggerated screen plays

    In most cases, less is more with screen plays. Subtlety and some ambiguity allow the viewer to participate in a 'real world', without being hit over the head with the point of the scene.

    Example : The Help : Is there a compelling story there? Definitely yes. Can objective adults of any race empathize with the maids? Again, no doubt. Are the antagonists turned into 1 dimensional cartoon stereotypes, thereby significantly diluting the full impact of what could have been a top rate film? For me, yes.

    What could have been a great film gets turned into a so-so effort. The spirit, story and acting is there big time, but the character over statement diminishes the result.

     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 10:38 AM   
     By:   Adam B.   (Member)

    That overused cliche of fight scenes is employed....the headbutt.

    It was used too many times in Lethal Weapon. Martin Riggs headbutts the dope dealer. He headbutts Endo. He headbutts Mr. Joshua, and Joshua headbutts him right back.

    Have you ever accidentally bumped your head on a table after picking something up? Remember how much it hurt? I suppose some individuals have the ability to do it without hurting themselves but it happens too much to be believable in the movies.

     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 11:23 AM   
     By:   random guy   (Member)

    unidentified mysterious person walks into frame with his back turned, only to turn around to the camera and reveal who he is, then continue to walk with his back turned to the camera

     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 2:51 PM   
     By:   Heath   (Member)

    A guy getting kicked or punched in the groin and screaming "MY NUTS!" Anyone who has been kicked in the jewels will tell you - there ain't no talking going on for about 5 minutes. Or breathing for that matter.

    LOL. He screams MY NUTS? That movie I haven't seen. Wish I had. big grin

     
     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 4:05 PM   
     By:   RobertDay154   (Member)

    What I really hate, and it's becoming more and more prevalent as films dumb down, is ridic 'pointer' dialogue for the audience's benefit that the characters would never say.

    'You've had a rough time recently, Jack.'

    'Why yes John, ever since the Nazis invaded Poland and forced me into exile, and my neighbour's wife ran off with a mailman and stole my car which alienated me from the other members of the golf-club that I joined when my Uncle was elected governor of Gonkovia, things haven't been so easy.'

    There should be more inventive ways to get the necessary off-scene givens available to the audience, and more should be told visually anyhow.


    That was what really put me off 24 at the end of season 1: Jack Bauer's wife, who knows her husband is something in the intelligence community, overhears the mole in the CTU speaking in German on her cellphone. Because the audience cannot be expected to tell the difference between German and Serbo-Croat, which she has been using all season to talk to her controller on the outside, and because the change in langauge (and therefore caller) is significant for the plot, Jack Bauer's wife has to die, and all to tell the dumber sections of the audience that the other character is speaking a different language.

    And as I said, knowing that her husband worked in the intelligence community, should she be so surprised that some of his colleagues spoke other languages? But instead: "Oh, I see you speak German." BLAM!

    (Sorry if even now that constitutes a spoiler for some of you...)

     
     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 4:26 PM   
     By:   RobertDay154   (Member)

    Someone's already mentioned the thing where the cops come across a dark liquidy stain on the floor, and they have to dip their fingers in it, sniff it and taste it to see if it really is blood - as if they hadn't seen it before. There's a variant on this, especially in Brit TV shows, and that's when anyone comes across some white powder, any character, from the cop down to the vicar's wife and the retired Sunday School teacher, no matter how remote and unworldly the setting is (English villages - Agatha Christie dramatisations are good for this), will dip their fingers in the powder, touch it to their tongue, and instantly say "That's cocaine!".

     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 5:22 PM   
     By:   gone   (Member)

    A guy getting kicked or punched in the groin and screaming "MY NUTS!" Anyone who has been kicked in the jewels will tell you - there ain't no talking going on for about 5 minutes. Or breathing for that matter.

    LOL. He screams MY NUTS? That movie I haven't seen. Wish I had. big grin


    The recipient of such abuse is typically seen walking around 1 hr later... as opposed to being examined by a doctor who then exclaims... "HIS NUTS!" ... "El daño ya está hecho!"

     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 9:04 PM   
     By:   solium   (Member)

    In every kids/family film:

    (1) Farting jokes- (Gone to the next level with the family pet farting)
    (2) Burping jokes (Gone to the next level with the family pet burping)
    (3) Food fights/Food in the face
    (4) Something gross/sticky/wet poured over the head/hair
    (5) Dog Peeing on the antagonist
    (6) Antagonist stepping in dog poo/Getting flung into a giant pile of dung
    (7) A crowd of kids laughing at someone being humiliated
    (8) A bratty sister or brother
    (9) A side kick that's dumber than the lead
    (10) A side kick that's smarter than the lead
    (11) A really attractive girl that just can't get a date
    (12) Retarded parents
    (13) The "other" (usually the nerdy friend of the opposite sex) secretly in love with the lead, whom is secretly in love with someone else
    (14) The lead whom is a smart ass and shallow
    (15) The kid who is smarter than the brainiest scientist
    (16) Someone gets shaved bald/Toupee flown off

    Seriously why do they even pay writers? All a producer needs is the above list as it is the same in every film!

     
     Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 9:11 PM   
     By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

    That overused cliche of fight scenes is employed....the headbutt.

    It was used too many times in Lethal Weapon. Martin Riggs headbutts the dope dealer. He headbutts Endo. He headbutts Mr. Joshua, and Joshua headbutts him right back.

    Have you ever accidentally bumped your head on a table after picking something up? Remember how much it hurt? I suppose some individuals have the ability to do it without hurting themselves but it happens too much to be believable in the movies.


    The headbutt thing bugs the HELL out of me. The person delivering the headbutt won't even wince, while the recipient will always either be knocked unconscious, or else badly incapacitated. Just once, I'd like to see a movie with a headbutt where both participants are left holding their heads and groaning in pain. big grin

    It's not just headbutts, though...movie characters can receive any sort of head/neck injury and not suffer any long-term ill effects afterwards. No movie character ever suffers blurred vision, headaches, or dizziness even after getting kocked out with a right to the jaw or a karate chop to the neck.

     
     Posted:   Jan 31, 2012 - 1:08 AM   
     By:   Heath   (Member)

    ...when someone gets shot and is hurled backwards about thirty feet in a huge arc as if they'd been yanked by an invisible Krel monster. Even worse... when it's in slow motion, thus defying the laws of both space and time.

    The sad and harrowing reality is that the body absorbs most of the shock in stasis, then takes the quickest way to the ground, which is straight down.

    Sam Peckinpah meant well, but he's got a lot to answer for. wink

     
     Posted:   Jan 31, 2012 - 5:24 AM   
     By:   SBD   (Member)

    The headbutt thing bugs the HELL out of me. The person delivering the headbutt won't even wince, while the recipient will always either be knocked unconscious, or else badly incapacitated. Just once, I'd like to see a movie with a headbutt where both participants are left holding their heads and groaning in pain. big grin

    PAUL BLART: MALL COP (of all things) took the piss out of this. Blart head-butted a bad guy. Bad guy got knocked out and Blart, momentarily woozy, was left to remark, "Nobody wins in a head-butt."

     
     Posted:   Jan 31, 2012 - 6:16 AM   
     By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

    A guy getting kicked or punched in the groin and screaming "MY NUTS!" Anyone who has been kicked in the jewels will tell you - there ain't no talking going on for about 5 minutes. Or breathing for that matter.

    LOL. He screams MY NUTS? That movie I haven't seen. Wish I had. big grin


    Steven Seagal's "On Deadly Ground." In a bar fight, he grabs a guy by the stones (there's a crunching sound dubbed in to make it more fun) and the guy screams "my NUTS!" Later, in the same fight scene, he kicks another dude in the groin, who then shrieks "my BALLS!"

    This film is, to be fair, all around terrible. And directed by the star himself.

     
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