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 Posted:   Nov 12, 2014 - 2:16 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

... war films acquire the cooperation of the US armed forces, and thereby come to portray every member as competent, unburdened by sin, free of any negativity, and aloof to historical fact regarding 20th and 21st century warfare...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2014 - 4:02 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

The heavies of the baddie always seem to know what to do. The evil boss has captured someone & says to his henchmen something like: "take good care of him". You'd think they'd be scratching their head & asking their boss, "er, sorry sir, should we kill him, or rough him up...or really take good care of him, make him a cup of tea.

It's the same when a king lets someone go who he was going to imprison or execute, the king doesn't tell anyone else that he's letting him go, but the guy just walks of the castle unchallenged by any guards, you'd think he'd need a signed chit or something.

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2014 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Using Photoshop and it's filters to make a photograph look like a painting. I see this all the time and it's one of the cheapest looking decorative set pieces in any film or television series.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2014 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...characters can hang upside-down for unrealistic spans of time without passing out from the blood rushing to their heads? Somehow I doubt most people would remain lucid and talking after hanging upside-down from a snare for a couple of hours.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2014 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The Vertigo camera trick. (Zooming in while pulling the camera backwards) Give it a rest! I know it was a Hitchcock invention, but it became famous with the Brody sitting on the beach scene from Jaws. It's mimicked and overuse at an annoying level.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2014 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

... profound emotional moments occur onscreen - PERFECT for classical scoring - but the director chooses a song for accompaniment... the very time when a skilled composer could be ***MOST*** valuable/effective.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2014 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

The hero goes to talk to an important character. The important character is sitting on a chair, facing away. The hero puts his hand on the important character's shoulder. The important character is revealed to be dead, slumping forward.

AND..................the door is ALWAYS open to the apartment!
(I guess killers don't think its important to cover their tracks)
brm

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2014 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...the image is cloaked in computer-generated lens flares? Drove me absolutely batty in this year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...the camera is endlessly spinning around in that hyperactive Michael Bay manner, and yet no matter what direction its currently pointing in, there's some inexplicable light source throwing streaky rainbows and circles into the lens. Now, I actually enjoy the look of a well-placed, authentic lens flare, but its become an annoying affectation in the digital era to choke the screen with fake flares in action movies.

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2014 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...action scenes that consist mainly of the bad guy picking up and throwing the hero around the room? Instead of actually holding onto the hero and whaling the tar out of him, they'll toss him against the opposite wall of the room, walk slowly over, pick them up...and then throw them against the other wall. Lather, rinse, repeat. Maybe it's a workaround for action movie filmmakers who want to preserve a PG-13 rating, but ever since someone pointed this out to me recently, I have been seeing it EVERYWHERE, like in the aforementioned TMNT...the Shredder picks up and throws Splinter around their sewer lair at least four or five times, instead of just skewering him with the vast array of sharp, pointy things his armor is adorned with. Either that, or it's easier to "choreograph".

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2015 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Slow cross-fading shots in love making scenes. I guess it's supposed to make it dreamy or something, but it's just so cliched it's silly. It really makes it a parody of itself.

or its modern cousin...

Rough quick camera cuts which are supposed to simulate passion and energy in sex scenes.

360 camera spins. Done to death. Not a cool camera trick anymore. Again I roll my eyes every time someone does this effect.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2015 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

The hero goes to talk to an important character. The important character is sitting on a chair, facing away. The hero puts his hand on the important character's shoulder. The important character is revealed to be dead, slumping forward.

"Doctor Kaarna i presume?" - billion dollar brain 1966.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2015 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

10 million machine gun bullets lay waste to every piece of wood in the house, and the good guys scamper away. Staircase banisters are especially effective for warding off hot lead. God only knows how many staircases have been shot to splinters by Hollywood!

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2015 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...someone is interrupted mid-bowel movement (by the phone ringing or a knock at the front door), and they just pull up their pants and leave the bathroom without wiping first? eek

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2015 - 1:00 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!


The climactic fight of the season one finale of ARROW used this cliche.
An arrow, this time ; of course
LAME
LAZY
brm


Just seen again in JUSTIFIED season 5 (prison fight)

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2015 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

...action scenes that consist mainly of the bad guy picking up and throwing the hero around the room? ".

Hey stunt men hafta to eat too!
smile

GOLDFINGER did this first and best in 1964!
bruce

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2015 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Why is Mr. Jack even watching ..MUTANT TURTLES??




ahahahahhahhahhah~
brm

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2015 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

....film characters don't know how to puke right. I've yet to see a realistic puking scene. Instead, I've seen a million scenes where the person pukes by COUGHING most of the time. When did you last cough while you puked? In reality, the 'activity' consists of sound-less convulsions, maybe a sigh or two between them, but that's about it.

I don't know....this has always bothered me.

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2015 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

....film characters don't know how to puke right. I've yet to see a realistic puking scene. Instead, I've seen a million scenes where the person pukes by COUGHING most of the time. When did you last cough while you puked? In reality, the 'activity' consists of sound-less convulsions, maybe a sigh or two between them, but that's about it.

I don't know....this has always bothered me.


I guess you get wasted a lot? LOL... I've never thought about it. I haven't gotten drunk in 20 years. But I did have a few puking years.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2015 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I do get wasted a lot, but only rarely puke.

However, there are any number of illnesses not related to alcohol that will also provide this particular experience for you. smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2015 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I do get wasted a lot, but only rarely puke.

However, there are any number of illnesses not related to alcohol that will also provide this particular experience for you. smile


Very true. Not always from drinking.

 
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