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 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)


...the wives are always in their twenties, regardless of the age of their husband


And those twentysomething wives always have kids who are between the ages of 6/10... eek

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 8:04 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

... When someone fires a gun multiple times then grabs the barrel seconds later and doesn't burn his hand.

Al Pacino actually badly burned his hand doing just that while filming the climatic shootout in Scarface.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

... Not only can you hear an explosion in space, but you can see flame. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 10:33 PM   
 By:   antipodean   (Member)

...actors are playing a musical instrument, and their fingering/bowing/keying bears no resemblance whatsoever to the music they're supposedly playing

...you don't ever have to wait for an elevator, except, of course, when you're being chased by a maniac serial-killer, in which case it never comes

...elevators don't have double-doors (the easiest givaway that it's a set, and not a real-life building)

...laser beams are actually visible in space - and travel slow enough that you can see them flying from point A to point B

...people can crawl around in dust, grime and pest-free ventilation shafts

...whenever the hero has to fight a bunch of people, they line up to get beaten one by one, rather all of them just scrumming him

...people buying stuff can pull the exact cash amount out of their pockets without even looking or counting

...whenever someone is told to turn on the television, it is always the right channel and timed to the exact moment to catch the news report he or she is supposed catch

...supposedly highly-trained, elite military or police characters move in such a tight bunch that one good enfilade (or a grenade) from ambush would take them all out

...make a loud, dramatic gesture of cocking their weapons, especially when they're just about to ambush someone (In a tactical situation, you'd be surprised how loud and distinctive that particular sound is.)

...signs off a radio communication with "over and out". ("Over" means "I have finished speaking and awaiting your reply"; "Out" means "I have finished speaking and do not expect a reply". In formal radio discipline, you never say "over and out.")

...or says "repeat" as a request for someone to say something again. (In the military, "repeat" is a specific command which is used in directing and requesting artillery fire. The correct term should be "say again".)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 1:48 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

... the director/screenwriters (& whoever else) can't be bothered to make the story work properly ... and then those who love the film say the audience shouldn't be told everything and that you should think it out - which translates as "just add those parts which make the story work" even when the holes are more like caverns!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 6:21 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Gotta agree with Greg--has Jack Bauer's cellphone EVER gone dead in all the season's of 24 despite almost constant use?

For me, the most truthful moment in a film or tv show goes WAY back to 1962-63 when Warren Oates and another doofus rodeo buddy break into an office on STONEY BURKE, find the incriminating document, try to copy in in an early sixties copier, and end up gumming up the whole machine.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   Cryogenix   (Member)

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 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

Gotta agree with Greg--has Jack Bauer's cellphone EVER gone dead in all the season's of 24 despite almost constant use?



I read that they made some attempts during Season 1 to deal with this.

I think that they finally gave up on this with subsequent seasons.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)


guys like him never go potty. even when there getting the crap kicked out of them.



LOL! I'd hate to be the guys who would have to clean up after him.


Similarly, anyone ever notice Jack Bauer on 24 saying, "I gotta go take a potty break?"

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

People in movies actually NEVER pay for the taxi ride. They just walk out of the taxi cab and it drives away.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (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.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

...the protagonist who has been sleeping suddenly sits up straight, face glistening with sweat, staring into camera!

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...the protagonist who has been sleeping suddenly sits up straight, face glistening with sweat, staring into camera!

Has anyone EVER woken up from a nightmare by sitting up straight and screaming?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 1:57 PM   
 By:   antipodean   (Member)

Has anyone EVER woken up from a nightmare by sitting up straight and screaming?

Yes: my two-year-old.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2009 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

ADULT people?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2009 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   Sean   (Member)

...Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock show up?

cool

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2009 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

watching LIFE ON MARS....
two cops are listening to the radio about a crime they solved when one of them turns the radio off
you see this all the time
with the tele too
Thor, if a radio broadcaster came on the radio , or tele and said you were a suspected serial killer , would YOU turn it off?

didn't thinks so

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2009 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

WHEN SOMEONE GETS ANGRY THEY SWEEP ALL THE items off their desk in a fit of rage.
I know Zooba does this to show he is "ACTING".
but what's the rest of Hollywood's excuse?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2009 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   Koray Savas   (Member)

... when there are ominous light sources in the woods when it's pitch black. Very few films actually get this right.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2009 - 8:02 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

... when there are ominous light sources in the woods when it's pitch black. Very few films actually get this right.

There's also always inexplicable ambient light sources in caves.

 
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