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 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

...a group of men is about to go off on some adventure/mission/quest, and a young boy or teenager asks to come along, gets rebuffed, and shows up later following the group, usually eliciting the line "I thought I told you to stay at home!" roll eyes You KNOW the kid is going to show up later, so why the pretense? See 10,000 BC, the remakes of King Kong and 3:10 To Yuma, ect.

a corollary to that is the cop who is "too close to the case" (a friend was killed etc)
his boss tells him to get some rest, take time off etc.
but , you know he is going to stay on the case
even x-files is guilty of this canard

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)


The deadly sniper takes slow aim at the hero, he has the big telescopic lens, killing is his business, he's the best...& he always misses.



even worse - he has the victim in his sights but doesn't shoot right away.
instead he waits until some pedestrian walks in front of him causing him to lose the moment.
even X-FILES is guilty of this one

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)


The deadly sniper takes slow aim at the hero, he has the big telescopic lens, killing is his business, he's the best...& he always misses.



even worse - he has the victim in his sights but doesn't shoot right away.
instead he waits until some pedestrian walks in front of him causing him to lose the moment.
even X-FILES is guilty of this one


Yes he does that in The Day Of The Jackal. He has DeGaulle's head in the cross hairs...& waits too long, but that's the only fault I can find with this film.

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

people with physical and mental illness are saints
flashbacks in black and white
comedy films explaining every @#^!ing joke. if you have to explain it then......
romantic comedies of any kind

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

When I was young, I saw JOAN OF ARC with Ingrid Bergman, and I was very, very upset about Bergman being burned by the fire.

My Mother told me, "She won't be hurt. It's only a movie."

As someone who loves movies, and worked in movies, I can say that you ALL take your movies far, far too seriously.

They are all impossible fictions---even the true-life ones---and not reflective of the real world.

"It's only a movie."





 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

The line, "we're in", bank, computer, whatever. They must know what an old cliche that is. The same with, "you set me up", please!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

When I was young, I saw JOAN OF ARC with Ingrid Bergman, and I was very, very upset about Bergman being burned by the fire.

My Mother told me, "She won't be hurt. It's only a movie."

As someone who loves movies, and worked in movies, I can say that you ALL take your movies far, far too seriously.

They are all impossible fictions---even the true-life ones---and not reflective of the real world.

"It's only a movie."


Yes, but I can see the faults & still love movies. It's a life long love affair. Nothing's perfect!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....Yes, but I can see the faults & still love movies. It's a life long love affair. Nothing's perfect!.....


Yes, absolutely.

My point exactly.

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

After an exhausted action sequence no one is sweating.
Injuries are treated like make-up. They hardly ever show discomfort from a swollen lip or deep cuts and bruises.
Someone is fighting for their life and now is a good time for a stupid joke.
They never have to wait to be served in a restaurant.
Your made to believe the hero or some other major character dies at the end of the film, only to see they were unconscious or revived.
They introduce a side kick.
Kids are smarter than adults.



 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

A character is returning to consciousness and from his POV a person swims into focus looking down at them, but sometimes the person isn't even looking down into the camera. They're looking OFFSIDE as they slowly come into focus through the haze.

(Older movies especially.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Kids are smarter than adults.

To be fair, there are some plain stupid adults in the world. It's not that big of a stretch to think a kid might know something an adult wouldn't. Sometimes adults overthink things, while kids just see something more simply, thus it comes to them easier.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Kids are smarter than adults.

To be fair, there are some plain stupid adults in the world. It's not that big of a stretch to think a kid might know something an adult wouldn't. Sometimes adults overthink things, while kids just see something more simply, thus it comes to them easier.


Yeah, it's the old Wordsworth idea that Spielberg loves so much, "the child is the father of Man".

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)


The deadly sniper takes slow aim at the hero, he has the big telescopic lens, killing is his business, he's the best...& he always misses.



even worse - he has the victim in his sights but doesn't shoot right away.
instead he waits until some pedestrian walks in front of him causing him to lose the moment.
even X-FILES is guilty of this one


Yes he does that in The Day Of The Jackal. He has DeGaulle's head in the cross hairs...& waits too long, but that's the only fault I can find with this film.


yeah JACKAL is the perfect example BUT it is also dramatically justified because we know DeGaulle was NOT killed!

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 6:45 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

a character is the last of their kind
stuff always happens at exactly 200 years or 2000, or 5000 years. always a nice round number. never a 1765 years ago

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 8:22 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

In horror films, the car does not start for the hero or heroine or soon to be victim.,after someone stops in a chase scene, there is no sweat on the guy or girl.Some drunk or fool will be the first victim of a monster or villian.A woman faints,how often in life does a woman actually faint?In a karate film, the hero can take care of ten guys at once, yeah right.In disaster films they have to make a total soap opera out of the main characters.you just know in certain films a certain person in a film is just not going to die, no matter how often they are in peril, for once couldn't James Bond die at the end, then in the next film have a SCIFi plot and revive him, yeah i know Ian Fleming never wrote that scenerio.the ugly guy usually die first., i am sure we all could list a thousand more, great topic Thor.

 
 Posted:   Jun 13, 2011 - 8:58 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...someone uses the phrase "This is above your pay grade" as a reply when a low-ranking character asks why he was not privvy to important information. I hear this line all the time, mostly in political/techno/spy movies.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 4:17 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

When the muscle-bound hero is fighting about twenty guys, they all take turns to line up so as to make their defeat easier.

And, regarding fighting, when people are slugging it out, they always exchange about a dozen blows to the chin or the stomach, but always keep on fighting, maybe just pausing to wipe a trickle of blood off the face. Has anyone actually been hit in the face or punched in the stomach in real life? Maybe I'm a wimp, but that's the end of the fight for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

When the muscle-bound hero is fighting about twenty guys, they all take turns to line up so as to make their defeat easier.

He, he...yeah, that's a good one. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

......a man can be machine-gunned to ribbons, his body set afire and he still lets out that scream when he falls off the ledge or cliff.

.....vampires acquire martial arts skills even if they didn't know them when they were human.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

. . . A character jumps from a moving vehicle driving over 50 mph or more, lands on asphalt or concrete, and suffers no injuries whatsoever.

. . . A character does an internet search using a few common terms, and instantly finds the information he/she needs.

. . . Characters with seemingly low paying jobs who live in incredibly nice homes and drive fancy cars.

. . . A character who is mortally wounded but stays alive just long enough to relay vital information to another character.

 
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