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 Posted:   May 30, 2013 - 8:41 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

...audiences fail to take the sage advice offered by Mystery Science Theater 3000's opening theme song - "Just repeat to yourself 'It's just a show, I should really just relax'"?

Not that good points aren't being made - just sayin'.

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2013 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

The hero is being pursued by bloodthirsty villains. He is watching tv news coverage of his alleged crime or incident, and then he cuts the tv off before the news story is finished without watching for vital details which might save him.

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2013 - 10:26 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

I might have brought this up somewhere way back on this thread years ago. but when it looks like a movie is over and bingo another shock scene comes in.It once was a novelty a long long time ago, no more.

So, true. I think it started with "Aliens".

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 12:25 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

I might have brought this up somewhere way back on this thread years ago. but when it looks like a movie is over and bingo another shock scene comes in.It once was a novelty a long long time ago, no more.

So, true. I think it started with "Aliens".


yeah, and sometimes they write in triple and quadruple (if possible) surprise shocks.

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The hero is being pursued by bloodthirsty villains. He is watching tv news coverage of his alleged crime or incident, and then he cuts the tv off before the news story is finished without watching for vital details which might save him.

Also, in a related note: Some pertinent news info about the actual case that affects him or her comes on just as the protagonist gets home or is close to the TV (while he or she is otherwise away from it). Always perfect timing.

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)


This whole thread is why I think Last Action Hero is the funniest take on the genre. I especiallyliked how a car, sailing over a cliff, explodes in mid air for no reason.


I saw the 50's western The Man From Laramie the other week, & a wooden wagon full of cases of rifles is pushed over a cliff, & half way down...it explodes!

Two guys are walking along, & one guy is giving the other a load of infomation, & the location keep changing (I suppose to keep it interesting), but the infomation continues seamlessly. What are we to think, that the guy talks for twenty seconds, then shuts up for five minutes, & then talks for another twenty seconds ect.

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The hero is being pursued by bloodthirsty villains. He is watching tv news coverage of his alleged crime or incident, and then he cuts the tv off before the news story is finished without watching for vital details which might save him.

Also, in a related note: Some pertinent news info about the actual case that affects him or her comes on just as the protagonist gets home or is close to the TV (while he or she is otherwise away from it). Always perfect timing.


Plus, the newscaster will always say, "To repeat, expository blah-blah-blah...", halfway through, just so the person watching will be certain to catch all of the pertinent information.

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 8:02 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

I might have brought this up somewhere way back on this thread years ago. but when it looks like a movie is over and bingo another shock scene comes in.It once was a novelty a long long time ago, no more.

So, true. I think it started with "Aliens".


I'm pretty sure that they did it in POLTERGEIST.

"This house is clean"...then shit really starts popping off. Hell, might've been even earlier than this.

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   madmovyman   (Member)

Directors that manipulate film inappropriately for an effect.

In the opening sequence from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg runs the film backwards to show chorus dancers magically rising from a leg split, which is an impossibility.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1H9eKWPGRo

Directors that tease us with not enough of the good stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPEXc9bdzw4

 
 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I might have brought this up somewhere way back on this thread years ago. but when it looks like a movie is over and bingo another shock scene comes in.It once was a novelty a long long time ago, no more.

So, true. I think it started with "Aliens".


I'm pretty sure that they did it in POLTERGEIST.

"This house is clean"...then shit really starts popping off. Hell, might've been even earlier than this.


I'd think the biggie there is Carrie, ten years before Aliens.

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Not wanting to read the 389 other replies to see if someone has already said this, I'll add my two cents...

In some trying situation, there's always one character who goes bonkers, and usually says something like "WE'RE GONNA DIE! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!"

Then someone slaps him/her.

I saw this last happen in THE EDGE.

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

you see this in westerns alot.....

two cowboys are sleeping outdoors
one gets up and sneaks over to the other to kill him
just before he shoots/knifes him the 'sleeping' cowboy turns over with a gun pointed at him.

will they never learn ; cowboys NEVER sleep!
b

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

s".



"This house is clean"...then shit really starts popping off. .


just saw this in SECRET WINDOW!
bruce

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

In cop movies, the local cops and the federal agents are usually enemies.

In cop movies about local cops, the federal agents are arrogant, pompous jerks with superiority complexes (DIE HARD).

In cop movies about federal agents, the local cops are incompetent rubes and hayseeds (THE FUGITIVE).



dont get me started!!
see; JUSTIFIED
b ruce

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

In Clint Eastwood's movies with Sondra Locke, Locke is always gang-raped.

i recently mentioned this on THE GUANTLET thread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

The hero is being pursued by bloodthirsty villains. He is watching tv news coverage of his alleged crime or incident, and then he cuts the tv off before the news story is finished without watching for vital details which might save him.

yeah, i mentioned this one earlier
smile

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

The hero is being pursued by bloodthirsty villains. He is watching tv news coverage of his alleged crime or incident, and then he cuts the tv off before the news story is finished without watching for vital details which might save him.

Also, in a related note: Some pertinent news info about the actual case that affects him or her comes on just as the protagonist gets home or is close to the TV (while he or she is otherwise away from it). Always perfect timing.


Plus, the newscaster will always say, "To repeat, expository blah-blah-blah...", halfway through, just so the person watching will be certain to catch all of the pertinent information.


and i hate the fact that they always use a real newscaster (usually CNN or MSNBC) for 'realism"

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Directors that manipulate film inappropriately for an effect.

In the opening sequence from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg runs the film backwards to show chorus dancers magically rising from a leg split, which is an impossibility.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1H9eKWPGRo


Geez! I forgot how much I loathe that film. Thanks for reminding me! big grin

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Not wanting to read the 389 other replies to see if someone has already said this, I'll add my two cents...

In some trying situation, there's always one character who goes bonkers, and usually says something like "WE'RE GONNA DIE! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!"

Then someone slaps him/her.

I saw this last happen in THE EDGE.


Amazing that this trope is still used after AIRPLANE! mercilessly destroyed it 33 years ago. smile

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2013 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Directors that manipulate film inappropriately for an effect.

In the opening sequence from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg runs the film backwards to show chorus dancers magically rising from a leg split, which is an impossibility.




Geez! I forgot how much I loathe that film. Thanks for reminding me! big grin


It's like they think we're such rubes we won't notice that it's physically impossible.

 
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