Author Topic: Film cliches you want to fuck off  (Read 244460 times)

JesusAndYourBush

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2670 on: April 30, 2021, 02:47:31 PM »
Grenades either explode the instant they hit the target, or when it suits the plot they land on the ground with a clunk and don't go off until after they've been thrown safely away.

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« Reply #2671 on: April 30, 2021, 02:51:18 PM »
Come on, you've got to give the bad sods a couple of seconds to see it, shout "Nein! Nein!" and scramble away (but crucially not enough scramble time to avoid being splattered).

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2672 on: May 01, 2021, 06:37:46 PM »
Movies starting with a dictionary definition is another variant. Sometimes used to convey information, but with Pulp Fiction it just seems an attempt to explain the title to idiots. Although, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar opens with a dictionary definition of culottes, which is useful.

It works brilliantly in Bubba Ho-Tep:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXYvOMTcCnI

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« Reply #2673 on: May 02, 2021, 02:04:00 PM »
Two people bursting through a door while kissing.

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« Reply #2674 on: May 03, 2021, 06:13:58 PM »
Everyone in films set 1000+ years ago, or medieval fantasy, having generic posh English accents and anything else being considered wrong (exceptions made for savage tribes), despite the English accent (or accents) as we know it only having existed for a few hundred years. People gave Scorsese shit for having New York accents in The Last Temptation of Christ, but it's no more ridiculous than everyone sounding like members of the royal family or Made in Chelsea cast members (for the peasant folk).

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2675 on: May 03, 2021, 06:49:35 PM »
Movie trailers beginning with a single high note on a piano.

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2676 on: May 03, 2021, 08:22:19 PM »
Movie trailers beginning with a single high note on a piano.

Over a sweeping landscape panorama.

Fr.Bigley

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2677 on: May 03, 2021, 08:26:10 PM »
Accompanied by some slowed down breathy vocal cover of tears for fears by some teenager...yeah, get in the fucking bin.

mothman

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2678 on: May 03, 2021, 08:45:19 PM »
I'm unsure on this, it is just Nolan who's fond of the WWOMM sound and uses it in all his films and it always makes its way into the trailers?

Magnum Valentino

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« Reply #2679 on: May 03, 2021, 09:05:12 PM »
BRAM.

I think he popularised it with Inception maybe, after which it became ubiquitous.

Then it was classic rock songs.

Then the breathy sad covers as mentioned above.

No idea what the current trends are though

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« Reply #2680 on: May 04, 2021, 12:02:42 PM »
Grenades either explode the instant they hit the target, or when it suits the plot they land on the ground with a clunk and don't go off until after they've been thrown safely away.

Just seen a trailer for the new Call of Duty game where a character pulls the pin, chucks the grenade in the air, twats it like buggery with a baseball bat and watches it sail away to land on and instantly blow up a sentry tower.

mothman

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2681 on: May 04, 2021, 04:09:45 PM »
Grenades are like silencers, I suspect what they actually do bears little resemblance to what you see onscreen. Even allowing for the various kinds there are (the “classic” antipersonnel/fragmentation ones that used to look like pineapples but now look like baseballs; the German stick grenades[1]; incendiary or white phosphorous; and the “launched” rifle grenades which offer a variety of munitions and loads), which filmmakers rarely do.
 1. There was that episode of The Prisoner, “The Girl Who Was Death” in which the stick part is merely used to fling the head part…

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« Reply #2682 on: May 04, 2021, 07:05:32 PM »
I want "Geeky white people walking in slow motion while rap music plays" to fuck off. It's been exhausted but still appears in new movies and US sitcoms.

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« Reply #2683 on: May 04, 2021, 09:16:37 PM »
Is that derived from the scene in Office Space where they wreck the printer, you think?

Sebastian Cobb

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« Reply #2684 on: May 04, 2021, 09:56:38 PM »
Office Space itself did that several times, there's the montage where Peter stops caring to Geto Boys' Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangster and also the malware install scene to Ice Cube's Down for Whatever.

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2685 on: May 04, 2021, 11:21:10 PM »
Miserable two-bit motel managers. 

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2686 on: May 05, 2021, 12:44:08 AM »
Miserable two-bit motel managers.

Extra points if they look like Al Waxman, Danny DeVito or Burt Young. Balding, unshaven, dirty string vest, noxious stubby guitar. "Look, pal, do you want the room or not? I'm runnin' a business here."

When our protagonists enters their disgusting, flea-bitten room, one of them will say, "Hey, it's not so bad." The sole light bulb hanging from the ceiling will then go out/explode. Through the paper thin walls we can hear a drunken argument going on in the room next door. Someone throws a trashcan in the alleyway outside. A stray cat screeches. Sirens wail in the distance.

If one of the characters is played by '80s Chevy Chase or Bill Murray (or a cut-price version of either), he will say, "Boy, the Hyatt has really gone downhill."

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« Reply #2687 on: May 05, 2021, 10:37:23 AM »
Don't forget the large neon sign flashing directly outside the curtainless window.

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2688 on: May 05, 2021, 11:37:22 AM »
I quite like a decaying motel scene, even if it is a bit of a hacky trope, I almost feel like it's an American institution.

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2689 on: May 05, 2021, 12:32:04 PM »
I want "Geeky white people walking in slow motion while rap music plays" to fuck off. It's been exhausted but still appears in new movies and US sitcoms.

It's in virtually every episode of Brooklyn 99 (although it isn't always just white people) to the point where they're deliberately taking the piss out of it by doing it so much. I think. 

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2690 on: May 05, 2021, 01:06:05 PM »
I quite like a decaying motel scene, even if it is a bit of a hacky trope, I almost feel like it's an American institution.

Oh it is. I don't want that cliche to fuck off at all, it's comforting.

I think The Blues Brothers did it best: Elwood doesn't actually have a room, he basically lives in a cupboard with a window directly facing the ever-present noise of the Chicago overground train circuit. I've probably said this before, but it's the only moment of pathos in that film. You really get a sense of how shit their lives are.

greencalx

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« Reply #2691 on: May 05, 2021, 01:25:10 PM »
My wife and I refer to motels as an “axe murderer’s lodge” largely as a consequence of this cliche.

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« Reply #2692 on: May 05, 2021, 01:30:37 PM »
When a bad character realises they're about to immediately get killed and just world wearily respond with "Oh crap" or a mildly defeated "Bollocks.

This happens in "Godzilla Vs Kong" and I saw that after reading this thread and slapped my knee so hard I now roll everywhere.

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« Reply #2693 on: May 05, 2021, 01:41:05 PM »
I think these have all disappeared or moved onto another trope, but the telephone exposition dump, usually right at start of a film or introduction of a character.  Who they are talking to on the phone is established one of three ways:

1.  The character briefly holds the phone away for a second and says to someone else 'It's Jeff" or whatever
2.  The character immediately says hello using their name "Hi Jeff'
3.  After the conversation has finished, they'll announce to whoever "That was Jeff"

The modern day equivalent is that the name appearing on the phone screen, which kinda ruins the excitement of which option the writers have used every time you hear a phone ring in a film.  You get an extra point if it uses that god awful telephone ringing sound effect and double points if it has a horrific amount of wow on it.

Brundle-Fly

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2694 on: May 05, 2021, 06:59:01 PM »
I quite like a decaying motel scene, even if it is a bit of a hacky trope, I almost feel like it's an American institution.

It's the orange bedspread and grubby curtains that make it.

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2695 on: May 05, 2021, 07:14:57 PM »
Oh it is. I don't want that cliche to fuck off at all, it's comforting.

I think The Blues Brothers did it best: Elwood doesn't actually have a room, he basically lives in a cupboard with a window directly facing the ever-present noise of the Chicago overground train circuit. I've probably said this before, but it's the only moment of pathos in that film. You really get a sense of how shit their lives are.

I see Elwood's digs as a different but-adjacent bit of shorthand whose job is as you say to convey how shit their lives are, rather than how shit the place is. Usually an overpopulated, dilapidated, tall inner-city building, it might not be a hotel they're staying indefinitely in, sometimes it feels more like a it is technically a rental in a place where nobody stays too long.

See also: Charlie's Apartment in IASIP.

Sebastian Cobb

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2696 on: May 05, 2021, 07:17:08 PM »
It's the orange bedspread and grubby curtains that make it.

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mothman

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2697 on: May 05, 2021, 08:28:44 PM »
Coin operated porn TV.

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« Reply #2698 on: May 05, 2021, 08:46:04 PM »
Coin operated porn TV.

Speaking of which, when watching porn in a group, everyone must at some stage all tilt their heads to the side simultaneously.

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Re: Film cliches you want to fuck off
« Reply #2699 on: May 05, 2021, 09:59:19 PM »
And put a cushion on their lap.

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