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 Posted:   Dec 14, 2009 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

The hard-man in a movie walks calmly away from a building that boringly explodes... and he's soooo boringly fake-movie-hard he doesn't flinch, just keeps on walking coolly and boringly. My god that's so boring now. I couldn't believe it when the Coens did it in No Country For Old Men. THEY should have known/done better.

Take a look at footage of real combat soldiers under fire. They're jumping out of their skins and diving for cover when things go off... why? Because although they're hard, they're NOT dumb.

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2009 - 2:17 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

The hard-man in a movie walks calmly away from a building that boringly explodes... and he's soooo boringly fake-movie-hard he doesn't flinch, just keeps on walking coolly and boringly. My god that's so boring now. I couldn't believe it when the Coens did it in No Country For Old Men. THEY should have known/done better.

Take a look at footage of real combat soldiers under fire. They're jumping out of their skins and diving for cover when things go off... why? Because although they're hard, they're NOT dumb.


I'm a bit divided on this one. These shots are in most cases shot with a huge telelens, pushing the background and foreground together and removing all sense of depth and distance. So the people walking in front are usually at a considerable distance (though it might not look this way because of the effect) and should be well out of harm's way. I think in this case that always looks cool.

You can also make a case for the opposite to be preposterous; whenever something explodes, people seem to fly and make salto's and look like they are on wires wink

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2009 - 4:04 AM   
 By:   Senojanaidni   (Member)

The sound of thunder and the light of the flash always in the same time in every movies(except poltergeist)
In many many US movies when the heroes travels trought FRANCE it's always a FRANCE from 1950 or 1960 even if the action is today. (except in ronin)

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2009 - 4:35 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

The only way filmmakers seem to be able to scare audiences is to have the music SHRIEK at you at an extremely loud decible to make you jump out of your seat. All horror movie should now have the tag line:

"It knows what scares you. LOUD MUSIC!"

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2009 - 8:10 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

The film's plot is described as "post-apocalyptic".

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2009 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

the credits say....

and also starring Zooba as .....

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2009 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

....someone falls out of a still boat or a pier or something, a predator is approaching and somehow he's suddenly FAR away from the boat and spends an eternity getting back up to safety.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2009 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

One thing that always annoys me is when surveillance camera footage is merely the exact same shot from the actual film itself, rather than lesser quality-looking footage of the characters from a more appropriate vantage point for a security camera. I started a James Bond marathon over the weekend and noticed they do it in many of these, from You Only Live Twice to The Spy Who Loved Me. But I've seen it in lots of other films, too.

 
 Posted:   Dec 14, 2009 - 6:35 PM   
 By:   Accidental Genius   (Member)

... the actor playing Batman in a reboot of the franchise uses the same low, half-intelligible grumble when he plays the hero of the resistance in a Terminator sequel and somehow no one on set tells him to can the low, half-intelligible grumble because it just sounds ridiculous and phony and he's not fooling anybody into thinking he's a really great actor? wink

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 12:14 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

One thing that always annoys me is when surveillance camera footage is merely the exact same shot from the actual film itself, rather than lesser quality-looking footage of the characters from a more appropriate vantage point for a security camera. I started a James Bond marathon over the weekend and noticed they do it in many of these, from You Only Live Twice to The Spy Who Loved Me. But I've seen it in lots of other films, too.

... and it doesn't concern you that the so-called surveillance camera is ... where?

You Only Live Twice: [a] Bond and Aki watch, on the car's TV, the helicopter lift the baddies' car and drop it in the ocean ... was there another helicopter with the surveillance camera filming? (b) From which orbiting satellite did Blofeld's TV transmission of the US capsule being swallowed emanate?

I can't, for the momenmt, bring to mind the surveillance camera shots in The Spy Who Loved Me but I suppose if someone could design a city underwater he could design HD television.smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 12:24 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

What I really hate, and it's becoming more and more prevalent as films dumb down, is ridic 'pointer' dialogue for the audience's benefit that the characters would never say. [...] There should be more inventive ways to get the necessary off-scene givens available to the audience, and more should be told visually anyhow.

Oh YES! That is my biggest issue with today's motion pictures. I sometimes wonder if actors nowadays speak not just the dialogue, but also the action descriptions in their script.

Character A picks up a pen to sign a search warrant. Character A: "I'm picking up the pen to sign this search warrant!" AAARGH!

At least they're still capable of converting the grammar into first person singular.

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 4:53 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

What I hate are idiotic "spoof" movies where simply making references to other movies and TV shows are supposed to be funny in and of themselves. mad We've come a long way from the glory days of Airplane! and Top Secret!... frown

Family Guy is particularly notorious for this.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (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...

People in a restaurant/cafe get up, throw money on the table and run out....

Only rarely does someone actually dial the correct amount of numbers on a phone, let alone get a wrong number....

The heroine in a crowd/party scene is the only person wearing a particular color, so as to stand out from the extras...

Two people talk while they're supposedly making out/having hot sex....

When someone goes to a bathroom, the only thing they seem to need to do is brush their teeth! (Or, look at themselves in the mirror.)

No one seems ever to have sweat stains on their shirts/dresses...

Nobody goes to the dentist.

You hardly ever see anyone having to clean their apartment or do laundry.

No one takes out the trash.

No one argues about taking out the trash.

Two people are going out to eat, and no one argues about where they're going...

Nobody ever answers the phone and it's a wrong number.

Nobody EVER gets calls from telemarketers!

Women's hair, and frequently their clothes, have a contemporary style, even in a period film, even taking place in the Ancient world.
(See Raquel Welch in THE THREE MUSKETEERS, or, for that matter, Raquel Welch in practically anything...)

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

One thing that always annoys me is when surveillance camera footage is merely the exact same shot from the actual film itself, rather than lesser quality-looking footage of the characters from a more appropriate vantage point for a security camera. I started a James Bond marathon over the weekend and noticed they do it in many of these, from You Only Live Twice to The Spy Who Loved Me. But I've seen it in lots of other films, too.

YOU BEAT ME TO IT!!!
just last nite i was watching an ep of STREETS OF SF ...a bank robbery
the surveilliance footage was not only on film , but PANNED AND CUT TO CLOSE-UPS!!! (i guess there was a cameraman behind the wall filming the stickup LOL!)

this has always been my number one gripe of all-time
bless you, boysmile

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

... the actor playing Batman in a reboot of the franchise uses the same low, half-intelligible grumble when he plays the hero of the resistance in a Terminator sequel and somehow no one on set tells him to can the low, half-intelligible grumble because it just sounds ridiculous and phony and he's not fooling anybody into thinking he's a really great actor? wink

"What don't you fookin' understand!@!!!!!"

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 1:43 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I hate it when someone gets sprayed in the face with something, like from a fire hose or some sort of watery explosion, and rather than moving out of the way like a REAL person would, they stay there while they continue to get sprayed in the face, all for lame comedic effect. That stopped being funny before I was even born.

I hate it when a character makes a statement of the obvious for all the dummies in the audience. Like at the end of "Sleepaway Camp" when the counselor says, "She's a boy!". Well yeah, the naked hanging penis would be a good clue.

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


Only rarely does someone actually dial the correct amount of numbers on a phone, let alone get a wrong number....


Another 'phone' annoyance is that whenever we can't hear the person the screen actor is talking to, there isn't any time for a meaningful dialogue. So often the actor will get a huge chunk of information from just talking a second on the phone.

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I find it silly when someone lights up a cigarette, takes one or two puffs, then puts it out. Most real smokers don't do that, so it's always a giveway that they're faking. Same goes for people who order a drink and either don't touch it or take one quick swig before tossing money on the table and leaving. So wasteful!

 
 Posted:   Dec 15, 2009 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)


Another 'phone' annoyance is that whenever we can't hear the person the screen actor is talking to, there isn't any time for a meaningful dialogue. So often the actor will get a huge chunk of information from just talking a second on the phone.


Worst phone actor: Nicolas Cage. Watch SNAKE EYES.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2009 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   antipodean   (Member)

I'm a bit divided on this one. These shots are in most cases shot with a huge telelens, pushing the background and foreground together and removing all sense of depth and distance. So the people walking in front are usually at a considerable distance (though it might not look this way because of the effect) and should be well out of harm's way. I think in this case that always looks cool.

Speaking as a former combat engineer trained in rigging explosives and bomb disposal, unless it's a controlled explosion (like those used to implode a building to demolish it, or designed to "look" a certain way because it's for a movie shoot), any quantity of explosives strong enough to explode a building would, in real life, create massive amounts of collateral damage e.g. broken windows, shrapnel and debris for a considerable distance.

Just look at news footage of the mayhem and wreckage from terrorist bombings and you get the idea. It doesn't matter how wide the lens is: we're talking kilometers here. The safety distance for most demolition live firing exercises we had generally starts at 150m, and only goes up from there. Many films seriously underplay the lethality and range of an uncontrolled explosion - even the most gung-ho guys in my unit ran like hell for safety bunker whenever we were training with live explosives.

It doesn't bother me that explosions tend to "look good" on film rather than accurately reflect what they're like in real life - but indeed, they are a lot more deadly than they usually appear.

 
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