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 Posted:   Jan 25, 2015 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

In a movie gunfight, everybody, good guys and bad guys, act like they're made out of solid titanium and show NO FEAR even as the bullets tear the environment apart around them. Such boring crap and not actually suspensful. During the real thing, EVERYBODY, even the most experienced, is jerking around and ducking haphazardly in a state of extreme nervous anxiety as the bullets fly. Understandable too because they know they are probably microseconds from oblivion.


On the other hand . . . there's no way to duck a bullet. It's moving too fast. When there are bullets flying everywhere, it's just as safe to stroll confidently as it is to duck and jerk around -- there's no greater likelihood that a bullet will hit you while you're cowering than while you're not cowering, and obstacles like cars and walls and doors aren't going to stop the bullets. So why not just go about your business? big grin


It's not about ducking bullets ala Matrix. It's making yourself less of a target by hiding behind something!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2015 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)




On the other hand . . . there's no way to duck a bullet. It's moving too fast. When there are bullets flying everywhere, it's just as safe to stroll confidently as it is to duck and jerk around -- there's no greater likelihood that a bullet will hit you while you're cowering than while you're not cowering, and obstacles like cars and walls and doors aren't going to stop the bullets. So why not just go about your business? big grin


Yup, in westerns you're better off standing still. You have the un-rifled bullet clanging down the colt barrel, it could leave the barrel at a 45 degree angle (that scene in The magnificent Seven where James Coburn, holding the gun in both hands, shoots someone riding a horse way off in the distance is just ridiculous - "That was a terrible shot, I was aiming at the horse").

And it's no good crouching behind a car, unless you're behind the engine block, but then the shooter could just bend down & shoot you under the car.

 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2015 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Well you all can just stand still and tall. I'm ducking for cover!

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2015 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Exotic Animals kicking characters across the yard (or room). Seen in almost every comedy nowadays. It's not a funny gag whatsoever.

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2015 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Impossibilities or implausibilities are explained away with a very quick (sometimes inaudible) line of dialogue. Even in fantasy films it's annoying.

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Superman II

Supes takes Lois to the Fortress of Solitude at the north pole. We are wondering why she isn't freezing her ass off so the screenwriters are quick to remedy that.

Superman asks Lois - "Are you warm enough?"

She replies - "I guess I should be freezing but I'm not."

I guess the FOS had central heating. smile

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Blade II

Early in the film two vampires invade Blade's warehouse and begin a rather lengthy fight scene which turns out to be totally gratuitous because they're really there to call a truce. The fight is explained by one of them saying "Your people shot first!"

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2015 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I was watching a war film in the weekend & it struck me that when a bomb hits a building & it explodes into flame...you never see the bomb falling...ever! I suppose it's too much like hard work to rig a dummy bomb high up & have it drop & the building explode in the same shot. It would be easy to do now with CGI.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2015 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Death by drownings last 10 seconds. But the protagonist can hold their breath underwater for an eternity.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2015 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

I was watching a war film in the weekend & it struck me that when a bomb hits a building & it explodes into flame...you never see the bomb falling...ever! I suppose it's too much like hard work to rig a dummy bomb high up & have it drop & the building explode in the same shot. It would be easy to do now with CGI.

I hate explosions in films, fire explosions even more. Blowing up stuff doesn't amuse me.
Many if not most times an explosion is 99% dust and clouds and very little fire because it's about the shock not about the burn. In films the parties involved always seem use incendiary explosives.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2015 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I was watching a war film in the weekend & it struck me that when a bomb hits a building & it explodes into flame...you never see the bomb falling...ever! I suppose it's too much like hard work to rig a dummy bomb high up & have it drop & the building explode in the same shot. It would be easy to do now with CGI.

I hate explosions in films, fire explosions even more. Blowing up stuff doesn't amuse me.
Many if not most times an explosion is 99% dust and clouds and very little fire because it's about the shock not about the burn. In films the parties involved always seem use incendiary explosives.

D.S.


I was watching a program on the telly where they were telling you how they did explosions next to an actor. A fireflash thingy (a lot of flash but no power, you could stand quite close safely) a bag of flour, a slight bit of slow motion & a big explosion sound effect. In the seventies I saw an explosion, an IRA bomb in Oxford Street, I wasn't that far away, & 1/ It's out of sync, you see the flash & then hear the bang. 2/ A very unimpressive bang at that, flat like a paper bag, movie explosions are far more impressive.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2015 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

This one started with RETURN OF THE JEDI & reused in PHANTOM MENACE (& CLONES?):

The bad guys are using weapon or robots that do not have a self-cOntained power source. Instead, STUPIDLY, the bad guys control the entire army from a remote location . So, all the good guys have to do to win is destroy the power source!!!!!

I JUST watched a repeat of this ridiculous plot device in the season 6 final of STbig grinS-9


totlally lame!
brm

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2015 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

hey i got one.

where detectives - usually in cop shows- are interviewing murder victims relatives.
first platitude out...

"We are sorry for your loss..."

and this scandalously-feigned sympathy is usually followed by "Can you tell us where you were on the night of the murder"

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2015 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

While in the hot, arid desert someone grabs a canteen of water and takes a big swig. Instead of swallowing the water they spit it out.

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2015 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

While in the hot, arid desert someone grabs a canteen of water and takes a big swig. Instead of swallowing the water they spit it out.

Or else they let half the canteen spill down their chests as they greedily guzzle down the water, instead of being sensible and conserving every last drop. I don't care how thirsty I am, I can drink something out of a glass or bottle without wearing more than what goes down my throat.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2015 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

While in the hot, arid desert someone grabs a canteen of water and takes a big swig. Instead of swallowing the water they spit it out.

Or else they let half the canteen spill down their chests as they greedily guzzle down the water, instead of being sensible and conserving every last drop. I don't care how thirsty I am, I can drink something out of a glass or bottle without wearing more than what goes down my throat.


I've already stated this way back in the thread, but...they go to take a swig out of the canteen, & it's empty...so they throw it away! (I've seen this in so many westerns). So if they come to a water hole how are they going to carry water away from it...or are they going to live around that hole for the rest of their lives.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2015 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...trains don't stop when they hit something on the tracks? Back To The Future III is a good example (SPOILERS for the three people who haven't seen this)...the Delorean has just arrived back in the present and suddenly a train comes barreling through, and Marty bails out right before the car gets creamed and reduced to a pile of twisted junk...and yet the train just keeps going. In my experience, even if there's just a discarded car tire on the tracks, it'll cause the conductor to stop the train and clear the tracks before proceeding, and yet in most movies, no matter what a train actually hits, it'll just blithely keep on going, tooting its horn being the only indication that the conductor was aware that he actually hit something. Eraser was another film like that...Schwarzenegger has the car with the bad guys locked in the back parked across the train tracks, and the train plows through it (with the gas tank going up in a LARGE EXPLOSION), and just keeps going.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2015 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)


... serialized excellent television wastes time recapping the previous episodes...


What's worse is when these recaps are retained for the DVD/Blu-Ray/streaming versions. If you're into a show enough that you actually bought it to watch again, I think it's safe to say that you know what happened in the last episode, so why keep them for the home video release? What's worse is when they don't include a convenient chapter break right after the recap...I've lost count of the number of episodes of 24 or Lost or whatever where I hit the "chapter skip" button, only to end up about five minutes into an episode, instead of right after the recap. Considering the current nature of "binge watching", recaps are a total waste of time.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2015 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

When a main characters friend, or family member are killed or die, there's a few minutes of mourning then the show goes on without much afterthought for their loss. This is especially bad in family films where they feel they have to move right along into a happy scene so not to traumatize the kiddies.

The Lion King has a particularly jarring use of this (SPOILERS)...after Mufasa dies, Simba is being pursued by the hyenas, one of whom gets knocked into a patch of thorns, and there's a badly-timed bit of "comic" relief where the other hyenas laugh hysterically while referring to him as "cactus butt"...this all barely thirty seconds after Simba was crying over his dead dad and believing himself to be responsible for his death! What's especially bad about this is that the film's comic relief sidekicks, Timon and Pumbaa, are introduced just a minute or so later, so why couldn't the filmmakers have held off on the comic schtick until then? Lion King is a great film, but this was a spectacularly misjudged tonal mistake.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2015 - 2:43 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


... serialized excellent television wastes time recapping the previous episodes...


What's worse is when these recaps are retained for the DVD/Blu-Ray/streaming versions. If you're into a show enough that you actually bought it to watch again, I think it's safe to say that you know what happened in the last episode, so why keep them for the home video release? What's worse is when they don't include a convenient chapter break right after the recap...I've lost count of the number of episodes of 24 or Lost or whatever where I hit the "chapter skip" button, only to end up about five minutes into an episode, instead of right after the recap. Considering the current nature of "binge watching", recaps are a total waste of time.


Watching 24 on Netflix last year, I noticed that if you went straight into another episode without stopping, it didn't play the "previously on 24" segment. Nice little touch.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2015 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Unfortunately I get to see a lot of detective shows lately. Can't stand them. Every detective comes off as this arrogant, sarcastic, wise ass, self righteous, holier- than- thou, moralistic prick when speaking to suspects.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2015 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

...trains don't stop when they hit something on the tracks?

I found that the most incredible thing in "Blue Thunder".

D.S.

 
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