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 Posted:   May 3, 2021 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Someone losing their balance on a ledge about to fall to their death when a helping hand suddenly comes out of nowhere and pulls them to safety.

Someone hangs on a ledge or something and inevitably one hand slips. Then follows some wild flapping and the slipped hand finds its way back on the ledge. The most overdone pseudo suspension time filling around.

D.S.

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2021 - 11:44 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

When a "train" pulls into a station and camera is inside the train filming the main characters in the carriage and out the window...the name of the station (TRIESTE, TOULOUSE, BUCHAREST etc)....ALWAYS slides up into view on the platform out the window and the sign always stops smack in the middle of the window.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2021 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

In low-budget films, when a train pulls into a station and the director hasn't told the train driver how to stop at the right place, and so we often see, out of the window, only half the name of the place it's supposed to be, like "TRIE...", and the audience is supposed to deduce what the place might be.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2021 - 1:16 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

In low-budget films, when a train pulls into a station and the director hasn't told the train driver how to stop at the right place, and so we often see, out of the window, only half the name of the place it's supposed to be, like "TRIE...", and the audience is supposed to deduce what the place might be.

big grin


But it was inadvertently funny when that subway train on the Tokyo line stopped in Shitamachi.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2021 - 2:19 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

In low-budget films, when a train pulls into a station and the director hasn't told the train driver how to stop at the right place, and so we often see, out of the window, only half the name of the place it's supposed to be, like "TRIE...", and the audience is supposed to deduce what the place might be.

You used to get a lot of that stuff happening in the old days of 4x3 telly's showing widescreen & CinemaScope films, even the first & last words of the main title cut off, but did anyone even notice, or care (I did, but I was that person, I wouldn't watch a film if I'd missed the first two minutes of it).

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2021 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

When a "train" pulls into a station and camera is inside the train filming the main characters in the carriage and out the window...the name of the station (TRIESTE, TOULOUSE, BUCHAREST etc)....ALWAYS slides up into view on the platform out the window and the sign always stops smack in the middle of the window.

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2021 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Thats funny.

In movies where cop finds a witness kiled in hospital bed or finds a murdered body, they realise the person/nurse/doctor they passed on the way in was the murderer. They go outside, see murderer walking away...instead of running after them and gaining ground before assassin realises they've been rumbled, the cop sees them up the corridor/long way down the road and shouts "Hey!" - thus tipping them off and setting up a shootout or a run chase sequence.

Why would any cop think shouting Hey! would make an assassin stop ??

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2021 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

In submarine films, there is always a moment where the whole crew have to be silent, to avoid being picked up. Cue focus on lots of tense faces. And theres ways a crewmember who knocks a tin cup off the table or drops a spanner, and another crew member catches it before it hits the floor.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2021 - 11:45 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In movies where cop finds a witness kiled in hospital bed or finds a murdered body, they realise the person/nurse/doctor they passed on the way in was the murderer. They go outside, see murderer walking away...instead of running after them and gaining ground before assassin realises they've been rumbled, the cop sees them up the corridor/long way down the road and shouts "Hey!" - thus tipping them off and setting up a shootout or a run chase sequence.

Why would any cop think shouting Hey! would make an assassin stop ??



This happens in every episode of the current FBI series. The person they want to apprehend is walking down the sidewalk. Although dressed in plain clothes, the agents can't get with half a block of him before they give in to the urge to shout his name: "Harry Jenkins! We want a word with you." Lengthy foot chase ensues, as the perp takes off running. They never learn. (And neither do the screenwriters.)

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2021 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

So much these days - movies n tv - is lazy screenwriting and obvious cliches written by people who think theyre so clever. That's why when you watch something where the writers have a bit of innovation, clever dialogue, turn something on its head, reverse an obvious situation or line..its so noticeably refreshing.



 
 Posted:   May 9, 2021 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

In a vehicle stuck on train tracks and unable to get out as a train approaches. At the last second the train veers to one side and passes by without incident because there were two tracks side by side. Of course the audience isn't shown the second set of tracks on the ground until the train passes safely.

 
 Posted:   May 10, 2021 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

In submarine films, there is always a moment where the whole crew have to be silent, to avoid being picked up. Cue focus on lots of tense faces. And theres ways a crewmember who knocks a tin cup off the table or drops a spanner, and another crew member catches it before it hits the floor.

wink

Yeah, they always have to dive down much deeper than the sub is rated to handle. The needle on the depth gauge pegs in the red, rivets and bolts pop loose, the pipe flanges start to leak, then they manage to level off just in time to avoid the depth charges. All, of course accompanied with lots of sweaty brows.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2021 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   zitboy   (Member)


a related piece, from Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/may/13/stop-drinking-fake-coffee-your-most-annoying-things-about-tv

some good ones in the readers' comments section too.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2021 - 9:27 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

In submarine films, there is always a moment where the whole crew have to be silent, to avoid being picked up. Cue focus on lots of tense faces. And theres ways a crewmember who knocks a tin cup off the table or drops a spanner, and another crew member catches it before it hits the floor.

wink

Yeah, they always have to dive down much deeper than the sub is rated to handle. The needle on the depth gauge pegs in the red, rivets and bolts pop loose, the pipe flanges start to leak, then they manage to level off just in time to avoid the depth charges. All, of course accompanied with lots of sweaty brows.


Watched Hunter Killer last night with gerard butler. Shoulda been called Hunter Cliche!
The other gem is depth charges going off near the sub, shaking it n throwing the cook to tthe floor but not bursting the sub. Trust me, a depth charge going off anywhere near a sub the shock wave from the blast rips it open. Not just pops a half inch pipe in the engine room.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2021 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

In submarine films, there is always a moment where the whole crew have to be silent, to avoid being picked up. Cue focus on lots of tense faces. And theres ways a crewmember who knocks a tin cup off the table or drops a spanner, and another crew member catches it before it hits the floor.

wink

Yeah, they always have to dive down much deeper than the sub is rated to handle. The needle on the depth gauge pegs in the red, rivets and bolts pop loose, the pipe flanges start to leak, then they manage to level off just in time to avoid the depth charges. All, of course accompanied with lots of sweaty brows.


Watched Hunter Killer last night with gerard butler. Shoulda been called Hunter Cliche!
The other gem is depth charges going off near the sub, shaking it n throwing the cook to tthe floor but not bursting the sub. Trust me, a depth charge going off anywhere near a sub the shock wave from the blast rips it open. Not just pops a half inch pipe in the engine room.


If a submarine is being depth charged & a crew member dies as a result of the sub being shaken about...you just know that the body is going into the torpedo tube to be shot out along with some oil & broken bits of furniture to try to fool the enemy into believing that the sub has sunk...& they always fall for it.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2021 - 11:28 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Oh yes. I think this was done in the 50s.
Was it Robert mitchum, Curt jurgens, richard widmark, Burt Lancaster, or John mills? big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2021 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...having the ability to do something while playing a video game automatically translates into the ability to do it in real life? See The Last Starfighter, Back To The Future Part III and Pixels for examples. Just because Marty McFly can handle a light gun shooting at video game targets doesn't mean he'd be able to handle the recoil of an authentic firearm in the Old West.



 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2021 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

...having the ability to do something while playing a video game automatically translates into the ability to do it in real life? See The Last Starfighter, Back To The Future Part III and Pixels for examples. Just because Marty McFly can handle a light gun shooting at video game targets doesn't mean he'd be able to handle the recoil of an authentic firearm in the Old West.

That became a cliche very quickly - I think the gag was, "Take that, you adults who think video-game-playing is useless!"

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2021 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Bit of a send up,but was also used in mars attacks.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2021 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   master6689   (Member)

...having the ability to do something while playing a video game automatically translates into the ability to do it in real life? See The Last Starfighter, Back To The Future Part III and Pixels for examples. Just because Marty McFly can handle a light gun shooting at video game targets doesn't mean he'd be able to handle the recoil of an authentic firearm in the Old West.





In the case of BTTF III, I can somewhat forgive it because they did show Marty being hesitant to fire a real gun at first, with his first shot going wildly over the gallery. I always sort of viewed that as, once he fired that first round and knew what to expect, he then turned around and was able to be a 'Crack Shot'. Still a bit of a stretch, but not as big of a leap as in some other cases.

 
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