Things you're tired of seeing in movies

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somerset fox

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And the TV bulletin always breaks into regular programming with a reporter live on scene, even though the subject matter is not a big enough deal (except to the hero) to warrant such coverage. Usually what they're reporting would just be in the regular newscast.
Yes, yes, yes! “Meanwhile, downtown, a bank robbery is in progress. Units are responding. Now back to our regular programme”
 

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AJK001

Sr Member
I don't know if this has been mentioned in all these pages, but it always irks me when a character surfaces from being completely submerged under water, and in the next shot their clothes and hair are just wet enough to not be totally dry.
Just walking in a heavy rain your clothes can get soaked and stay that way for a while unless I throw them in the dryer so being submerged under water and being mostly dry in the next shot just doesn't cut it.
 

DARTH ANIBAL

Sr Member
Just walking in a heavy rain your clothes can get soaked and stay that way for a while unless I throw them in the dryer so being submerged under water and being mostly dry in the next shot just doesn't cut it.
Yeah, even with the movies/TV we're all into here, and the suspension of disbelief most of it requires, THAT always takes me right out of it for a bit. I don't know why it's so jarring to me.
 
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Richard Baker

Sr Member
The Film 'The Last Action Hero' made a lot of fun poking at the cliche Tropes in other films- it is worth watching for that. In their version of the "wet clothing" they had a character fall into a TAR PIT and of course they came out covered in the stuff. Someone hands them a napkin and they re completely clean in a few moments
 

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Riceball

Sr Member
It always gets me in movies with giant spaceships or giant monsters and the military always responds with air to air missiles and guns, as if such small weapons would do anything to these massive ships or monsters. It's not like most air to air missiles carry all that large of a warhead, with the now, out of service, Phoenix missile being the only one with a warhead over 100 pounds, others, like the AIM-120 AMRAAM having a 50 pound warhead at max. What's 50 tons of HE going to do to something that weighs in at hundreds (or more) of tons? Not to mention that AA missiles are designed to destroy their targets through fragmentation and not through sheer explosive power.

Instead of launching, relatively, puny air to air missiles at these kinds of targets, I would instead use things like Tomahawks, Hellfires, Mavericks, missiles designed to blow up very hard things like tanks and bunkers. In the case of ID4 and that massive mothership, I would have sent every bomber I could muster and carpet bomb the living hell out of it, I'd even fly in C-130s with as many MOABs that I could find and let the fighters provide escort and not waste their missiles on something that, even unshielded, they would only scratch.
 
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vader45

Sr Member
Just walking in a heavy rain your clothes can get soaked and stay that way for a while unless I throw them in the dryer so being submerged under water and being mostly dry in the next shot just doesn't cut it.
Biggest culprit is Lon Chaney in Phantom of the Opera. He goes under water then the next shot he is bone dry.
 

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PantheraGem

Sr Member
That is actually rather common with young drivers where I live- they usually stop that practice when they have to buy their first set of tires...
Oh I'm including drivers who are definitely old enough to know better. Cops, people who are supposed to be being avoiding attention from cops, yet doing it in front of cops, etc. I think you know exactly what I'm talking about.
 

jedi573

Well-Known Member
Or how about the blue-collar hero, whether he’s 25 or 50, with the late ‘60s/early ‘70s muscle car as his daily driver? And in perfect condition too. I suppose Tom Cruise wouldn’t look as cool driving something like a five-year-old Nissan Versa. :D
 

AJK001

Sr Member
I don't mind the hero driving an old muscle car so much, what I hate is the way they always seemed to get trashed. I cringed with every hit the cars took in John Wick. I understand that some of those were clunkers dressed up but it also looked like they trashed some really nice cars.
 

Strikerkc

Sr Member
I mean, if you need a short sighted reason; it was because Biff hated him, and wanted him dead?

A longer view is that Biff was an evil villain, willing to kill to keep the future filled with wealth and power that Marty was trying to steal from him?
 

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PantheraGem

Sr Member
I don't mind the hero driving an old muscle car so much, what I hate is the way they always seemed to get trashed. I cringed with every hit the cars took in John Wick. I understand that some of those were clunkers dressed up but it also looked like they trashed some really nice cars.
Much like a dog dying (which is oddly the point of that movie) you just know it's going to happen to the nice old cars. It's worth celebrating when it doesn't happen to the dog or car.
 

ALLEY

Sr Member
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Verisimilitude, when it comes to realistically depicting professional corporate America, is a particular challenge for Hollywood.

I think it’s safe to say that the majority of actors, directors, screen writers, etc. have never worked within a typical professional corporate job environment, or role (yes, studios are corporations, but are hardly typical). So, the perspective they bring, with some notable exceptions, is usually an “outsider’s perspective” that reduces the depictions of these jobs to their most basic of poorly-informed stereotypes.

As a result of this limited point of reference, Hollywood’s depiction of corporate professional jobs in America aligns more closely with a child’s depiction of these types of jobs. They “play” accountant, corporate lawyer, architect, project manager, IT professional, etc. the same way that a child playing these roles would...simplistically and in exaggerated ways such as pounding rapidly on a keyboard, like it owes them money, and talking, nebulously, about “the BIG account” or “the BIG case” and shouting phrases like “BUY / SELL! I need an answer NOW Bob (yes, it’s always “Bob”)!” into a telephone headset, or speakerphone.

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To be fair, depictions of Hollywood actors, directors, etc., by those not within that industry, also suffers by being simplistic exaggerated stereotypes presented by an “outsider”.
 
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Richard Baker

Sr Member
People have had computers, tablets and smart phones for many years but on screen we still have them make little blip blip sounds when a field of text appears or a graphic rotates. The text also appears one word at a time with a blip- ever see a website or database ever do that?
 

SofaKing01

Master Member
I may have mentioned this... BUT... Whenever a character gets into a fight with someone or even better, kills someone, the police never show up, there is no call made to any sort of authority, everybody just walks away from the scene. The greatest example is Steven Segal in "Marked for Death". I LOVE THAT MOVIE. I get so happy every time I see it but...

When they crash the Bronco into the department store and Segal whoops everybody - it's such a great scene! But then our heroes simply walk out of the store arm in arm as if all is right with the world. I love that movie and it is over the top but where are the cops? ;)
 

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