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 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

here is dialog from cliched plot devices of cop/detective/spy films; see if you can name them based on the dialog: (answers below)

cop/spy/detective:" GIVE ME TWO DAYS , boss"
captain/chief: "I'll give you 24 hours"

informant/witness: " I can't talk on the phone [even though he is talking on the phone]"
cop/detective: "Meet me at the _____Cafe"

good luck!
bruce





















1. the hero has been framed for murder by his nemesis. When his boss comes to arrest him he pleads innocence. The boss says he has to arrest him. The heror pleads for two days to prove he is innocent
2. the witness knows who the real killer is but instead of just telling the hero on the phone he says he has to meet him in person.
Of course , HE IS KILLED BEFORE HE CAN REVEAL THE INFORMATION

d'oh!

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

infinite goons : the primary villian has a seemingly endless supply of goons to be shot up un gun battles

Who are these goons? Did they go to goon school and hired via a goon employment agency? Do they aspire to be promoted to higher levels of goon management if they survive?


I like that joke in one of the deleted scenes from the first Austin Powers where they zoom in one on the nametag of one of the Hired Goons Austin has just dispatched (by shoving his head into a tank of ill-tempered mutated sea bass) and cut to the guy's home, where his wife gets a phone call breaking the bad news. big grin


funny, i just rewatched AUSTIN P. last nite!!!!

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

shootout in action movies results in over 1000 rounds being fired and not a single one hitting the heroes

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

shootout in action movies results in over 1000 rounds being fired and not a single one hitting the heroes

As in the stormtroopers? I'd really like to see the Imperial Army School, because they seriously need to change their shooting teacher.

 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2011 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Good guy and bad guy grapple with a gun - the gun goes off! - stunned look on good guy's face as though he was the one shot - but, no (phew!) it's the bad guy who got nailed. Just saw this cliche again during a rewatch of GORKY PARK.

 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2011 - 8:39 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Good guy and bad guy grapple with a gun - the gun goes off! - stunned look on good guy's face as though he was the one shot - but, no (phew!) it's the bad guy who got nailed. Just saw this cliche again during a rewatch of GORKY PARK.

I really hate this one, because there's NO REASON for the hero to make that "oooo!" reaction face if he didn't get shot, aside from a cheap fake-out for the audience.

 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2011 - 9:50 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

....big name celebrities are used to provide voices for animated characters. It ruins the illusion for me. I'd much rather have an unknown do the voice so I can accept the character without thinking of the star every time he speaks. It helps if the actor can disguise his natural speaking voice. Does anyone really go to see an animated film because of the actor doing the voice anyway?

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

....big name celebrities are used to provide voices for animated characters. It ruins the illusion for me. I'd much rather have an unknown do the voice so I can accept the character without thinking of the star every time he speaks. It helps if the actor can disguise his natural speaking voice. Does anyone really go to see an animated film because of the actor doing the voice anyway?

I agree with this 100%. A recent example is Brad Pitt in Megamind. Terrible voice performance, but Dreamworks needed a "name" actor to stick on the poster. roll eyes Why can't real voice actors like Billy West get work in the movies? frown

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)

The villain finally gets the hero where he wants him, points the loaded gun at him... then has to talk for a while before blowing his head off...



That's a classic.


Eli Wallach (the Ugly) took care of that one nicely in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   JEC   (Member)

The Definitive List of Clichéd Dialogue


http://www.gointothestory.com/2009/11/definitive-list-of-cliched-dialogue.html

The first ten.

1. I was born ready.

2. Are you sitting down?

3. Let’s get out of here!

4. _____ my middle name.

5. Is that all you got?

I’m just getting started.

6. Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

7. Don’t you die on me!

8. Tell my wife and kids I love them.

9. Breathe, dammit!

10. Cover me. I’m going in.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

shootout in action movies results in over 1000 rounds being fired and not a single one hitting the heroes

As in the stormtroopers? I'd really like to see the Imperial Army School, because they seriously need to change their shooting teacher.


Actually stormtroopers can be decent shots so long as they are not shooting at any of the main cast (although they did manage to hit Leia, R2D2 and C3PO at different points in the series) or facing Ewoks, where they don't even bother to fire at all. Otherwise they are great shots. Check out the original Star Wars when they mow down the rebels on Leia's ship, or the remains of the attack on the Jawas. "Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise." Okay, it is still ridiculous. I can't even type this with a straight face.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

There's not many hero's wear seat belts is there. I don't suppose they need to really, as they crash a car, roll it over, & climb out with just a trickle of blood coming from their hairline.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

infinite goons : the primary villian has a seemingly endless supply of goons to be shot up un gun battles

Who are these goons? Did they go to goon school and hired via a goon employment agency? Do they aspire to be promoted to higher levels of goon management if they survive?


I like that joke in one of the deleted scenes from the first Austin Powers where they zoom in one on the nametag of one of the Hired Goons Austin has just dispatched (by shoving his head into a tank of ill-tempered mutated sea bass) and cut to the guy's home, where his wife gets a phone call breaking the bad news. big grin


That is a great scene. Austin Powers is one of the few films where the deleted scenes are great, but it still makes sense why they ended up on the cutting room floor.

Speaking of goons, where the main villain indiscriminately kills some of the goons, but none of the other goons seem to be fazed, and remain fiercely loyal to the villain.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Speaking of goons, where the main villain indiscriminately kills some of the goons, but none of the other goons seem to be fazed, and remain fiercely loyal to the villain.

Well, that's an old, established way to control your own, of course. Through FEAR!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

OK I'm the baddie, I've got a gun on you, but before I shoot you I'm going to tell you the whole scam, people, places, the lot, & then...fail to shoot you.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...a naked woman in bed has the sheets pulled up over her breasts (usually tucked into her armpits for good measure), while the man laying right next to her has the sheets around his waist. Where do people get these L-shaped sheets?

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

THE KILLER HAS HIS VICTIM ON THE GROUND, CHOKING THE LIFE OUT OF HER.....


there is ALWAYS a knife, scissors, vase, paperweight ETC. close by for the victim to reach(barely)
and bash the killer in the head so she can escape

d'oh!

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Good guy and bad guy grapple with a gun - the gun goes off! - stunned look on good guy's face as though he was the one shot - but, no (phew!) it's the bad guy who got nailed. Just saw this cliche again during a rewatch of GORKY PARK.

you beat me to it!
probably the number one of all-time

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

...a naked woman in bed has the sheets pulled up over her breasts (usually tucked into her armpits for good measure), while the man laying right next to her has the sheets around his waist. Where do people get these L-shaped sheets?



i was going to mention this one but i was too aggravated!!!
c'mon Scarlett, show your assets frevinnsakes!

lets see now:
she just boffed the guy so he saw her nekkid
BUT
she suddenly becomes demure after sex and doesn't want to expose herself?
i think this one exists mostly for censorship reasons but it happens even in R rated movies



do'h!!!!!!

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2011 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

...a naked woman in bed has the sheets pulled up over her breasts (usually tucked into her armpits for good measure), while the man laying right next to her has the sheets around his waist. Where do people get these L-shaped sheets?



Francois Truffaut made fun of this cliche 50 years ago in SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER. big grin

 
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