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 Posted:   Jun 19, 2011 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

....the Timmons character from Dances With Wolves can take four or five arrows to the body from the Pawnee and not die (until he's scalped). Yet the hulking, muscular Uruk-Hai from Lord of the Rings are easily killed with a single arrow to the belly.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 19, 2011 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I like romance in movies like millions of other people, but why in so many old SCIFI films they always have to find a way to get a man and woman together, kisssing, holding each other etc with some corny romantic final line in the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 2:51 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I like romance in movies like millions of other people, but why in so many old SCIFI films they always have to find a way to get a man and woman together, kisssing, holding each other etc with some corny romantic final line in the film.

James T. Kirk, he got some tongue action on every planet he visited!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 3:10 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Necklaces & name tags. Whenever they're ripped off someones neck (& it happens a lot in films), they always come clean off as if the knot/clasp just comes apart. In real life you'd just jerk someones head forward.

In westerns, the guy is walking across the desert, tongue hanging out looking for water. He's holding a water canteen, he takes tries to take drink out of it, it's empty, he gives it a shake & throws it away! Come on pardner, you're going to need that if you do find water.

I just want a director every now & again to say CUT, that's such a cliche, can we try something different.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 3:15 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

....the Timmons character from Dances With Wolves can take four or five arrows to the body from the Pawnee and not die (until he's scalped). Yet the hulking, muscular Uruk-Hai from Lord of the Rings are easily killed with a single arrow to the belly.

Yeah, all those creatures died far too easily & they fought like little girls. In films 2 & 3 I never got the feeling that any of the heroes were in any danger during fights.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 5:19 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Necklaces & name tags. Whenever they're ripped off someones neck (& it happens a lot in films), they always come clean off as if the knot/clasp just comes apart. In real life you'd just jerk someones head forward.

In westerns, the guy is walking across the desert, tongue hanging out looking for water. He's holding a water canteen, he takes tries to take drink out of it, it's empty, he gives it a shake & throws it away! Come on pardner, you're going to need that if you do find water.

I just want a director every now & again to say CUT, that's such a cliche, can we try something different.


Good ones!

Re: the necklace thing, what's even more peculiar is that after they've ripped it off someone's neck, they're still able to re-attach it effortlessly on another neck later on.

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)


In westerns, the guy is walking across the desert, tongue hanging out looking for water. He's holding a water canteen, he takes tries to take drink out of it, it's empty, he gives it a shake & throws it away! Come on pardner, you're going to need that if you do find water.


The same thing whenever a character's gun runs out of bullets. Seriously, you probably spent a few hundred dollars (or more) on that thing, so throwing it away when the ammo runs out is incredibly stupid. Most people have these things called "pockets" you can store objects in.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)


In westerns, the guy is walking across the desert, tongue hanging out looking for water. He's holding a water canteen, he takes tries to take drink out of it, it's empty, he gives it a shake & throws it away! Come on pardner, you're going to need that if you do find water.


The same thing whenever a character's gun runs out of bullets. Seriously, you probably spent a few hundred dollars (or more) on that thing, so throwing it away when the ammo runs out is incredibly stupid. Most people have these things called "pockets" you can store objects in.


In similar territory, it also annoys me when people throw another person's cell phones out the window or something just to prove a point. In addition to the costs related to the phone itself, he'll also lose all the contact information and -- if it's an iphone thing -- valuable pictures and music files!

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

In similar territory, it also annoys me when people throw another person's cell phones out the window or something just to prove a point. In addition to the costs related to the phone itself, he'll also lose all the contact information and -- if it's an iphone thing -- valuable pictures and music files!

Very true. A large part of people's everyday lives is stored in their cell phones these days, and if someone ripped mine out of my hand and smashed it on the ground, I would fucking KILL them. mad

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

infinite goons : the primary villian has a seemingly endless supply of goons to be shot up in gun battles

Who are these goons? Did they go to goon school and hired via a goon employment agency? Do they aspire to be promoted to higher levels of goon management if they survive?

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

This is a great thread!

Computers that do amazing things (like creating the formula for transparent aluminum on a 1986 office PC) and have sounds for every single change in the screen or addition of data.

People who outrun explosions and/or throw themselves forward rather than RUNNING SOME MORE!

The super loud punches to the face and slow Hollywood fighting. Star Trek's later shows had some really badly done fights in their own house style: elbow to the stomach (pause) turn and palm the face (pause) punch to the jaw (pause) double-fist to the front collarbone (pause) and then the same hit to the back of the neck. Stunt Cardassian falls. Yet the opponent never takes advantage of any one of those pauses.

Karate blows to the shoulder putting a guy out for hours instead of just giving him a sore shoulder and pissing him off.

Drivers being able to dart and weave through Manhattan traffic at any time during the day.

A guy getting kicked or punched in the groin and screaming "MY NUTS!" Anyone who has been kicked in the jewels will tell you - there ain't no talking going on for about 5 minutes. Or breathing for that matter.

Conversely, a guy (usually a German henchman) being kicked in the balls and not reacting at all.

The blood trickle out of the corner of the mouth after being shot - anywhere.

This was more a relic of the past, but the "non-recoiling gunshot." When I watch shows like Voyage to the bottom of the Sea, David Hedison always fires into the shot, like a kid going "bang bang" with his finger.

The hammer cocking click that is made any random times. Even after the damned thing has been cocked already and not fired.

People who dodge lasers.

Bullet proof vests which stop anything. Like knives. And people who jump up from being saved by a vest and feeling no pain.

And people who are saved from bullet impact because they're hiding behind something that obscures sight. As if a couch or a plant can stop a bullet.

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

1. People can hold their breath under water for an impossible amount of time, even under physical duress.

Don't forget that people can SCREAM WITH THEIR MOUTH OPEN underwater without drowning (see Alien: Ressurection). roll eyes


You've never tried speaking or yelling underwater? I've done it and lived to tell of it. When you scream, you are expelling air, so that keeps the water out. But you are also, as I say. expelling air, so there would be a need to race to the surface to breathe.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Yep, fist fights, & they seem to go on forever these days (Bond). Punched & kicked in the face for ten minutes, & a tiny trickle of blood from the corner of the mouth that's gone in the next shot anyway.

The CIA (or whatever) approaches the guy (expert) who's left or retired to do one last job...& he always says no, never! And you know he's going to. It would be great if for once he said, yes, I'd love to, I'm so bored, can I start today.

A building explodes & these days you always (ALWAYS) see the explosion about eight times from different angles & different rates of slo-mo. How about a director brave enough to say no, let's just have the explosion & move on.

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

"it's quiet... too quiet"

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

HOW COME WHEN PEOPLE FALL DOWN a staircase they always break their neck and die?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

HOW COME WHEN PEOPLE FALL DOWN a staircase they always break their neck and die?

Only the baddies!

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 7:24 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

infinite goons : the primary villian has a seemingly endless supply of goons to be shot up un gun battles

Who are these goons? Did they go to goon school and hired via a goon employment agency? Do they aspire to be promoted to higher levels of goon management if they survive?


I like that joke in one of the deleted scenes from the first Austin Powers where they zoom in one on the nametag of one of the Hired Goons Austin has just dispatched (by shoving his head into a tank of ill-tempered mutated sea bass) and cut to the guy's home, where his wife gets a phone call breaking the bad news. big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

HOW COME WHEN PEOPLE FALL DOWN a staircase they always break their neck and die?

Only the baddies!


And whenever someone loses their footing at the top of a staircase, they'll always roll ALL THE WAY DOWN, no matter how long or twisty said staircase is. No one ever just falls down half-a-dozen steps and comes to a halt.

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2011 - 9:57 PM   
 By:   Trent B.   (Member)

1. People can hold their breath under water for an impossible amount of time, even under physical duress.

Don't forget that people can SCREAM WITH THEIR MOUTH OPEN underwater without drowning (see Alien: Ressurection). roll eyes


Or 2012 towards the end when the father goes down to pull the drill from out of hydraulics to free them. Also his son yells, "DAD!" underwater.

I too love how a lot of movies, the actors/actresses never run out of ammo. Hell at least in Stargate TV series and movies it showed them reloading weapons or running out of ammo.

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

"Just two days to retirement…"

Let's see, what else:

People who can't get their car started as the murderer approaches.

People who die with their head pressed against the steering wheel hard enough to keep the horn blaring.

Insanely angry police captains.

"An ex-special forces commando, now working as a cop…" to explain the over the top fighting abilities of the main character.

Donut jokes in cop movies. Yes, I know, they're "funny" because they're true, but come on, it's like expecting a big laugh with a joke about airline food.

Immortal bad guys: the kind that can have a metal shaft plunged through their abdomen, enough to cut an artery judging by the high pressure blood stream, and still fight as ruthlessly as before. And, along the same lines, the kind who come back to life after an unsatisfactory and easy defeat, to "surprise" the audience. Yawn.

It's actually amazing to see how many cop movie clichés were popularized by the Lethal Weapon movies.

Post end credits epilogues. These are getting to be way overused.

 
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