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 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Doctor of everything. Baltar on Battlestar Galactica was a computer programming, a nuclear physicist, general practitioner, chemist, and surgeon. Same with Roger Kadar from Falling Skies but in reverse.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

... when the too cool character is unconcerned, and maybe just a little bit bored, by the massive explosion that could flail, burn or decapitate them.

It's the audience that is bored by this overused effect.


Anyone production that still puts that scene in should have all involved rounded up and put in the kill zone.
It was rubbish the first time around and it only got much worse. Irony is that it's mostly long haired characters that have to renegadedly and untamed wild spiritedly away from the blast that takes those Samsonite lawless manes right off. While were at it, put guys with long hair in the blast zone too. That style error is for folks that don't know that the 90s in which they didn't know that the 70s were over, are over.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I saw the Jason Statham movie, Parker the other day (always up for a bit of Stath), & in this film & other films like it, the hero never bothers to wear gloves. He leaves fingerprints & DNA all over the place, on guns, knives, & just about everywhere at crime scenes, & steals cars all the way through the film (& starts them all oh so easy,) & never worries about the police. About right I suppose, as these films take place in a strange world where there doesn't seem to be any police.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Thanks D.S. for proving my bendy-armed point so eloquently with those LIVE AND LET DIE clips. Absolutely CWL (Crying With Laughter)!

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...how a gun simply dropped on the pavement will inevitably go off, clipping someone in the leg for good measure. Always helpful when the villain gets the drop on the hero (used to humorous effect in Hot Fuzz).

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 10:17 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

The good guy and the villain are involved in a chase scene----and go through a restaurant kitchen where they knock over a cart of food, dishes, pans, etc. as the stunned chefs and waiters look on.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 10:25 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

A top secret underground lab run by a big scientific corporation for the military is perfecting a monster that will be the perfect killing machine---until it escapes and kills everyone. Then a special ops team, including a beautiful scientist who graduated from Harvard and is the ex-girlfriend of the special ops team leader, is ordered into the lab to kill the monster.

 
 Posted:   Sep 24, 2013 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...a movie features a mentally-deficient character who is a child molester / pedophile, and they ALWAYS cast the skeeviest-looking actor imaginable, augmenting that with heavy-handed costuming, hairstyling and "pedo glasses"? Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children, Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones and, currently, Paul Dano in Prisoners. Can't we have one of these characters played by a NORMAL-looking actor for a change?





 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2013 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

A top secret underground lab run by a big scientific corporation for the military is perfecting a monster that will be the perfect killing machine---until it escapes and kills everyone. Then a special ops team, including a beautiful scientist who graduated from Harvard and is the ex-girlfriend of the special ops team leader, is ordered into the lab to kill the monster.

The special ops team leader turns out to be a loser and his place is taken over by a coloured smart and sensitive youth, a reluctant member of a gang. Together with other youths from the projects and some trailer trash they can achieve what groups of fully equipped special forces can't. All this of course whilst wearing baggy jeans and an immaculately white sleeveless undershirt.

D.S.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2013 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Ethnic bad guys always look far to scary. Previews for Captain Phillips comes to mind.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2013 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

a guy in handcuffs gets out of them by picking the lock with a paper clip etc
Seen this TWICE recently on tele.
BREAKING BAD paper clip
REVOLUTION - nail

tiresome as people tied up with rope - they always find a way to slither out or saw at he rope till it breaks
brm

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 3:03 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Yup, handcuffs, locks, whatever, can be picked with a paperclip, bit of wire, anything really. It takes all of ten seconds to work out someone's computer password. Any kind of car can be started by just fiddling under the dashboard for five seconds. The deadly assassin all of a sudden can't hit the side of a barn when aiming at the hero. The whacky world of film.

I saw an old episode of Bones the other day (I love that show) & a scene cuts in as Booth, breathless, is just rolling off his ex-wife, they're in bed & obviously just been on the job (as we say in the UK), & then Booth gets out of bed, & he's wearing his boxers, & then his ex-wife gets out of bed & she's wearing a ton of underwear. Just how did they "do" it?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2013 - 3:03 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

oops, just got a laptop, this is happening a lot.

 
 Posted:   Sep 29, 2013 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

...in suspense films/thrillers a cute dog/cat is shown, thus you know inevitably they will be soon be killed or dead somehow.

 
 Posted:   Sep 30, 2013 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

When someone is injured and it isn't until they wish to reveal said injury that it becomes a hindrance.

Now I don't mind it in films when someone running on adrenaline notices they've been shot but this more the whole "GO! I'm right behind you!" and then said person winces in pain all the while they've been injured for a good deal of time.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2013 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Flashbacks are shown from third-person perspective . It seems that a flashback, usually either tragic or lovely or rage-inducing is always shown from our perspective, yet it is being experienced by the character of interest here. Seems we never see what the character saw with their own eyes. I mean, we all relive our experiences from our own perspective, don’t we? Is it more a matter of aesthetics or just in keeping with the perspective of the viewer to remain consistent with the film?

Sorry for the thread revival, but this one has bugged me for a long time and several films I’ve watched lately have reminded me of it. If this has been covered here before, I apologize.

 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

movies that self censor. (i.e "Yippee Kay Yay Mother*gunshot*) one that really pissed me off was "Battleship". I imagine PG-13 was what they were aiming for so why even bother.

R rated movies self censoring confuses me even more. not sure if mpaa related but odd seeing a character saying "freak" when they're lips clearly mouth something else.

 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

A dramatic set up which is always a let down because of lazy writing. When a character is caught in a corner and there is no way out, the writer(s) just pull some ridiculous idea out of their butts. This happened over and over again in Captain America Winter Soldier.

 
 Posted:   Apr 17, 2014 - 9:02 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...how a superhero will always gain entrance to a room where the villains are discussing their plans by dramatically crashing through the conveniently-placed skylight? Batman, Spawn, ect. And in The Rocketeer, the title character flies up through one to escape the bad guys. Also monsters/killers crash through skylights to gain access to their victims (The Relic, The Fly II).

 
 Posted:   Apr 18, 2014 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   madmovyman   (Member)

When the agent, police or concerned citizen with a gun shoots at the getaway car, why is the windshield so important?

Just shoot the damn tires!

I've only heard this reference once in film when Harry Morgan as the town Sheriff orders his deputy to "Shoot them tires, Meshaw!" in The Flim-Flam Man.

 
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