Things you're tired of seeing in movies

Grievous

Sr Member
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Its probably already been said but I really really hate when an established character or characters in a Movie get replaced in a sequel/Franchise..
Obviously there are often good reasons Internal politics clashing schedules etc..

But oh it still "Grinds my Gears"
Completely agree with you, but occasionally…death.
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p51

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Movies where people's actions just don't make any sense. I recently re-watched, "The thin red line," which is filled with things people do or say that are so darned random, they seem unworldly. I've seen a few movies over the years like this, which look like a hundred directors made, them, telling each actor to do or say things that only make sense to the single character with no context with what's going on. "Bonnie and Clyde" has some of this as well (as so some other early Millius movies).
 

AJK001

Master Member
You see that all the time. Most writers have no idea of the locations they are writing about. I live in New York and can't stand most movies and shows set in the city because they are usually filmed in LA or some where in Europe.
 

The Goon

Active Member
When characters cover long distances, in incredibly short amount of time, for the sake of plot. How many times has a character said “I’m in Miami, but I’ll be with you in Denver by the morning, I’m driving”. yeah, right. I’ve been to The States And even I know it’s big. Very big!
It's either because the writers are unfamiliar with the territory as AJK001 mentioned above, or they're trying to save time by moving the story along and omitting the boring driving crap so they don't lose the audience's attention. For example, I've lived in southern California my entire life so far, and it bugs me when I see characters in a movie or television show drive from downtown Los Angeles to Los Angeles International Airport in only a few minutes. At BEST that's a 30-minute drive if traffic on the freeways/streets is moving and you don't get stopped at too many lights. But, on the other hand, I really don't need to waste 30 minutes of whatever I'm watching listening to the characters chit chat while taking that 30 minute drive.
 

blewis17

Master Member
You see that all the time. Most writers have no idea of the locations they are writing about. I live in New York and can't stand most movies and shows set in the city because they are usually filmed in LA or some where in Europe.
...or Toronto, the grand universal stand-in for New York City.

On another note: representing a country on film, only by its largest cities. For example: All major worldwide conflicts involve London, Washington DC, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, NYC, Moscow, Tokyo, Shanghai or Bejing, etc.

We almost never see big TV shows of films that involve Orlando, Charlotte, Anaheim, Grand Rapids, Houston, Birmingham (AL), Hattiesburg, Tallahassee, etc.
 
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Treadwell

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Well it's kind of the same deal with "creative geography", which is a real film term, when a character turns a corner and is suddenly ten blocks away in the real city. It's a work of fiction, so in that world, that IS how that city is laid out.
 

AJK001

Master Member
...or Toronto, the grand universal stand-in for New York City.

On another note: representing an country on film, only by its largest cities. For example: All major worldwide conflicts involve London, Washington DC, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Fancisco, NYC, Moscow, Tokyo, Shanghai or Bejing, etc.

We almost never see big TV shows of films that involve Orlando, Charlotte, Anaheim, Grand Rapids, Houston, Birmingham (AL), Hattiesburg, Tallahassee, etc.
I forgot about Toronto being a stand-in for New York City. The first couple of Christopher Reeve Superman movies were filmed in and around the city while the last was filmed in Toronto standing in for New York.
 

The Goon

Active Member
...On another note: representing an country on film, only by its largest cities. For example: All major worldwide conflicts involve London, Washington DC, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Fancisco, NYC, Moscow, Tokyo, Shanghai or Bejing, etc.

We almost never see big TV shows of films that involve Orlando, Charlotte, Anaheim, Grand Rapids, Houston, Birmingham (AL), Hattiesburg, Tallahassee, etc.
Sometimes there's a good reason for that. "Captain, the bomb is headed straight for Lost Springs, Wyoming!" "So what? It's Lost Springs, Wyoming for cryin' out loud!"
 

p51

Sr Member
Any movie or TV show taking place in Seattle just as an excuse to film it in Vancouver, BC. You'll see a dozen 'B roll' shots of Pike's Place and the Space Needle, then the characters with the Vancouver skyline, which looks nothing like Seattle and is at an angle where there are no docks or beachfronts in Seattle.
As someone who has spent a lot of time in Seattle, it drives me nuts.
 

Mottrex

Sr Member
I've said this before, but I keep seeing it. People being chased by a car and they run down the middle of the street, argggg !
I mean there are cars on both sides of the street, huge trees, building's ect. I know some will say it's to build suspense, but it's so contrary to human nature. There are many examples of similar violations of common sense. I was watching the new Dexter the other day. And a girl at the beginning and his son later, are running away from a guy with a gun. Trees everywhere and the corner of the house right there and they run straight away from him. Stupid ! I know I'll get the standard but they're scared, not thinking straight, yada, yada, yada. It's instinct not thought. You run behind trees, you put anything between you and the danger. Just bugs me, ; )
Serpentine!...


That is all ;)
 

Mottrex

Sr Member
...or Toronto, the grand universal stand-in for New York City.

On another note: representing an country on film, only by its largest cities. For example: All major worldwide conflicts involve London, Washington DC, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Fancisco, NYC, Moscow, Tokyo, Shanghai or Bejing, etc.

We almost never see big TV shows of films that involve Orlando, Charlotte, Anaheim, Grand Rapids, Houston, Birmingham (AL), Hattiesburg, Tallahassee, etc.
Does Matt Houston count ?

I'll get my Coat lol..
 

dbuck

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Actors touching an earpiece to speak to their undercover counterpart (accompanied by bending the neck and tilting the head to make it more obvious)- just screaming out to everyone else in the room- I'm an agent!

"Stop touching your ear!"
James Bond, Casino Royale
I bet this started because some director somewhere felt their audience would wonder why they are talking to thin air for some mysterious reason and others followed suit thinking it’s actually a thing.
 

Riceball

Master Member
Actors touching an earpiece to speak to their undercover counterpart (accompanied by bending the neck and tilting the head to make it more obvious)- just screaming out to everyone else in the room- I'm an agent!

"Stop touching your ear!"
James Bond, Casino Royale
Yeah, that is an annoying one and I'm not even sure that many of these earpieces even actually have a mic built in to them. I suspect that this came from an earlier time when people would press their ears, not to talk, but to hear better. Couple that with the mic being on their wrist, Hollywood thought that these earpieces were push to talk with built-in mics.
 

p51

Sr Member
...or Toronto, the grand universal stand-in for New York City.

On another note: representing an country on film, only by its largest cities. For example: All major worldwide conflicts involve London, Washington DC, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Fancisco, NYC, Moscow, Tokyo, Shanghai or Bejing, etc.

We almost never see big TV shows of films that involve Orlando, Charlotte, Anaheim, Grand Rapids, Houston, Birmingham (AL), Hattiesburg, Tallahassee, etc.
Funny you'd mention Tallahassee. They filmed, "Something Wild" there (Ray Liotta's first big movie and it holds up well, not to mention my Dad had a walk on role as a civil war re-enactor) and it takes place in New Jersey and Virginia!
 

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