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 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

. . . A character does an internet search using a few common terms, and instantly finds the information he/she needs.

...and also when someone enters a computer program, and it's all with VERY big fonts, fancy pedagogical animations, download bars, log-in boxes etc.

....the person hacking the computer magically finds the password after a couple of tries by looking around the room or thinking of some thing very close to the owner's life. Yeah....I'd like to see them try that with a password that goes something like "#53sYf√łA%N27"!

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

ooh, that password thing drives me crazy!!

good one Thor.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

Oh yes, in a proper movie, even the most ingenious minds typically take their wife's or children's name for their password. Basically the password can be guessed best by trying out all the options EVERYONE is ALWAYS told to avoid. In the more intelligent movies where this does not work out, a proper bang on the computer with the pistol shaft will help as well (this technique also works great on repairing pretty much every major or high-tech device).

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

ever notice how all water is crytal clear? (for underwater sequences)

or how those 1 million machine gun bullets never seem to hit the good guys?

or how people's skulls are constructed of titanium? (can deal with countless blows that would cave in a normal skull, jaws are especially durable)

not to mention the titanium bones that hold the rest of their bodies together

or how people only die in agony in certain types of movies, but go quietly to sleep in most others... "Tell my wife I love her!", gasp, asleep

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

In the more intelligent movies where this does not work out, a proper bang on the computer with the pistol shaft will help as well (this technique also works great on repairing pretty much every major or high-tech device).


I LOL'ed on this one.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

In the more intelligent movies where this does not work out, a proper bang on the computer with the pistol shaft will help as well (this technique also works great on repairing pretty much every major or high-tech device).


I LOL'ed on this one.


Now, I can relate to this one. One time I was playing a game on the old nintendo NES back in the day and out of frustration I hit the NES. It caused the game to go to the final level and to this day I can't explain how that happened. So let's say I'll buy into that one big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

The obsessed cop finally catches up with the killer.
He gets him down on the ground and begins to punch him square in the face- over and over and over.
Finally , his partner shouts out "That's enough" and pulls him off the beaten man.

even X-FILES is guilty of this onesmile

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

...when a detective or investigator of some kind finds a blood spot or other bodily juices at a crime scene, proceeds to TOUCH it with his bare fingers and sometimes even SMELL and TASTE it, as if to check if it's fresh or something!! Now what the HELL is the point of that? It's gross. They don't even wash their hands afterwards, but just wipe it off their clothes.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 3:14 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

...when a detective or investigator of some kind finds a blood spot or other bodily juices at a crime scene, proceeds to TOUCH it with his bare fingers and sometimes even SMELL and TASTE it, as if to check if it's fresh or something!! Now what the HELL is the point of that? It's gross. They don't even wash their hands afterwards, but just wipe it off their clothes.

to be fair Thor, you touch it to see if it has coagulated, that means the blood has been there awhile. If its wet, the trail is fresh, as they say.

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

this thread should be REQUIRED READING for all aspiring screenwriters!

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

this thread should be REQUIRED READING for all aspiring screenwriters!

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

movie begins with an elaborate sequence only to find out it was just a dream

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 5:40 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

this thread should be REQUIRED READING for all aspiring screenwriters!

I am going to write a screenplay using EVERY SINGLE THING LISTED IN THIS THREAD. Practically a guarantee that a bidding war will erupt over it...

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2011 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

By the way, Roger Ebert wrote a couple of books listing these kind of tropes: http://t.co/7nyuVRs

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2011 - 1:12 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

...Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock show up?

cool


Yes, I hate it when that happens but for me it's actually when their names show up on the credits at the start.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2011 - 1:27 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

...when a detective or investigator of some kind finds a blood spot or other bodily juices at a crime scene, proceeds to TOUCH it with his bare fingers and sometimes even SMELL and TASTE it, as if to check if it's fresh or something!! Now what the HELL is the point of that? It's gross. They don't even wash their hands afterwards, but just wipe it off their clothes.

to be fair Thor, you touch it to see if it has coagulated, that means the blood has been there awhile. If its wet, the trail is fresh, as they say.


True, but it's still gross. And use GLOVES, for crying out loud!!!

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2011 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

single guys always have leftover chinese food in their fridge

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2011 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

single guys always have leftover chinese food in their fridge

And pizza boxes all over the place.

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2011 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

this thread should be REQUIRED READING for all aspiring screenwriters!

I am going to write a screenplay using EVERY SINGLE THING LISTED IN THIS THREAD. Practically a guarantee that a bidding war will erupt over it...


well, Disney will buy it fer sure

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2011 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

do I even hafta mention this one...

an event in the movie makes the newspapers and IT IS ALWAYS A (generic) BANNER HEADLINE
no matter how trivial the crime in question

d'oh!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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