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Things that take you right out of a film
« on: September 22, 2021, 09:52:23 PM »
It really takes me out of a film when music or references to bands is completely incongruous with the situation being presented.

Some recent examples:

Saint Maud (which I really liked) - she is sitting in a pub in Scarborough and The Jesus Lizard is playing on the jukebox. Don't think so mate.

Candyman
reboot (which I quite liked) - one of the teenage girls who gets killed in the bathroom is wearing a Naked Raygun t-shirt and the girl who survived has a Bad Brains patch on her school bag. Really, that's what teenage girls are listening to these days?

Also couldn't get into Sound Of Metal because I didn't believe the band and how they could afford a massive tour bus playing freeform nothing in punk warehouses.

I also resent the fact that Riz Ortolani's theme tune to Cannibal Holocaust is so beautiful when it's such a horrible fucking shit film that no one should ever watch.
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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2021, 10:13:34 PM »
I also resent the fact that Riz Ortolani's theme tune to Cannibal Holocaust is so beautiful

I feel similarly about the theme music to 'Allo 'Allo.

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2021, 10:15:07 PM »
Strong similarities, I've seen what Rene does to that turtle in the deleted scenes.

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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2021, 10:18:21 PM »
"Why did you shit that peg in the hod" (pause to ride audience laughter) "at pant blink roonge?"

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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2021, 10:38:47 PM »
I feel similarly about the theme music to 'Allo 'Allo.
I feel the same, but with theme and show swapped round

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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2021, 11:13:55 PM »
James Corden

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2021, 11:34:02 PM »
Also couldn't get into Sound Of Metal because I didn't believe the band and how they could afford a massive tour bus playing freeform nothing in punk warehouses.

Wasn't it more of a dirty old camper van than a "massive tour bus"? They live in it and rehearse and record in it. In any case, Olivia Cooke's character came from money. She probably just asked rich French daddy to buy it for them.


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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2021, 11:43:48 PM »
It was a Swedish crime drama, so telly, but they cut to a forensic lab in Birmingham and they'd gone to the trouble of having some 3-pin sockets on the lab wall but it was mounted upside down.

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2021, 11:47:39 PM »

Blatant, lazy anachronisms will always take me out of a film.

They made such a big deal about Super 8 being set in 1979 and there was a reference to a Rubik's Cube.

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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2021, 11:50:14 PM »
When brickwork doesn't look right in something historical. The type of bricks, the 'bond', the extent to which they've weathered. For example, Victorian-built walls didn't look over a century old in victorian times.

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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2021, 11:52:04 PM »
The MacGyver TV movie I once saw where the on screen location caption said 'Training Camp: Balkan Peninsula' and it was Battersea Power Station.

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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2021, 12:01:08 AM »
James Corden

for how many does this image forever haunt?


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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2021, 01:21:12 AM »
The MacGyver TV movie I once saw where the on screen location caption said 'Training Camp: Balkan Peninsula' and it was Battersea Power Station.

I remember that one! Brian Blessed is in it too. Actually, he's also my nomination for this thread.

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2021, 01:29:22 AM »
"Look at me" acting.
I'm watching that Y - last man thingy and the woman playing the president is acting like she's in a soap opera or like they've told her the cameraman will be 50 yards away.
Everything is a little too big. She's face acting at an 8 and she needs to be on a 3 or a 4. Less is more, keep it subtle, draw people in.

There was one bit where she was eating a sandwich and I rolled my eyes, thinking "Oh, here we go, that's gonna be coming out of her nose, she'll be opening it up, gesturing with flappy lettuce, gurning on and picking her teeth and sticking it up her arse and all sorts", but to be fair, she kept herself under control and didn't go mad with the sandwich.

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2021, 01:41:41 AM »
cameraman

Camera operator, please.

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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2021, 02:33:32 AM »
When something set 50+ years ago shows someone at a breakfast table with an era-appropriate cereal box that's ancient and clearly out of a museum.  Ditto the ancient tatty yellowing newspaper.

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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2021, 03:30:27 AM »
Or, conversely, a period piece where everyone is driving that year's (or at least that decade's) model of car or whatever, when in reality you'd have rust buckets from preceding decades cluttering up the roads, and naff, out-of-fashion curtains in the living room.

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2021, 03:52:57 AM »
In Wizard of Oz, the hot-air balloon with OMAHA TRADE FAIR printed on its canvas

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2021, 08:37:19 AM »
Thanks to Mythbusters, bad physics when someone gets shot.

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2021, 09:26:03 AM »
The film is set in 1967 and a song plays that was released in 1968 or 69. "The Boat That Rocked" did this a lot. As did "The Conjuring 2".

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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2021, 09:38:21 AM »
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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2021, 11:32:19 AM »
When something set 50+ years ago shows someone at a breakfast table with an era-appropriate cereal box that's ancient and clearly out of a museum.  Ditto the ancient tatty yellowing newspaper.

Recognised the boxes of fancy granola at the Brown's table in Paddington as being the ones from Lidl

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2021, 11:41:12 AM »
My fiancee can't get enough of me pointing out inconsistencies. She loves it!

Cigarettes are my favourite, but nothing quite beats lighting a cigarette dramatically, taking a single dramatic drag out of it, and then dramatically stubbing it out. Who even needs to take more than one drag on a cigarette? Not this beautiful woman, that's for certain! Who does that even work for? Never-smokers who find cigarettes sexy but have never watched anyone smoke one?

And actors who don't smoke, smoking cigarettes and getting the inhale wrong. Smoking them like a cigar, taking in a mouthful and blowing it out without it ever going into the lungs. Even worse if it's a joint, wasteful fuckers. Related: Hardened alcoholics taking a shot of whiskey and wincing like I did when I tried some aged 7. You'd think directors would know alcoholism.

I always keep an eye on cigarette lengths too, "Uma Thurman, you're practically smoking the cork there! Put that out, you cork-shagger! Oh wait, don't worry, it's mysteriously regrown."

Anything like that I love; drinks, meals, I'm always keeping an eye on how much everyone has got left, and remarking on how it changes for a new camera angle.

I also love it when an American mother lays a table with a massive spread for breakfast, the kind of thing you see at a continental hotel buffet but all that food for a family of four, and then the kids come down, eat two bites of toast, say "thanks mom!" and run out of the door. And she never says, "fucking hell, can't abide this food waste."

The last thing I pointed out to her that she was absolutely enamoured by was in Hocus Pocus, the main character writes his number on a piece of paper and gives it to his love interest. She later gives him a completely different piece of paper with completely different handwriting back, that also contains his phone number. Apparently we are supposed to immediately recognise that this piece of paper she's giving him back is the same as the completely different one he gave her two scenes ago.

I hate to moan about it but if you can afford to pay Bette Midler and can afford all those costumes and special effects, you can afford to have someone watching the movie before you release it to fix these inconsistencies. I can appreciate that cigarette lengths are one thing, but how hard is it to use the same prop in two different scenes?

My fiancee always pleads "nobody cares that the cigarette is different" but I care, so at least 0.000001% of humanity cares. Sort it out Tarantino. What my fiancee hates is when it has a lingering shot on June's face in the Handmaid's Tale

My late dad always used to point out how all the poverty-stricken people in rural 1850s Ireland or wherever "all had nice teeth". That was annoying though because obviously they're actually actors from Hollywood. Conversely, me pointing out the cigarette lengths is charming.
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Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2021, 11:57:26 AM »
Talking of cigarettes, in the BBC show "The Andromeda Breakthrough" part of the plot is something to do with aliens stealing the oxygen and people are finding it hard to breathe, this is likened to the air being thin like when you're at the top of a high mountain... BUT... almost everyone has a fag on... constantly.  It's like the show is sponsored by a cigarette company stipulating that everyone has to be smoking at all times.  But with the thin air, people gasping for breath etc, surely a cigarette is the last thing you'd want!

And people writing things on pieces of paper...  In Harry Potter when Luna Lovegood's father explains what The Deathly Hallows is he starts to write it on a piece of paper, and when it cuts away and cuts back it's clearly a different bit of writing because in the first shot he'd drawn the circle too small and why didn't they just film that shot again and tell him to draw it correctly this time!

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2021, 04:45:48 PM »
Anthony Hopkins and Marlon Brando. Despite their differences, both actors who once you notice the contrived mannerisms they bring to every part, it's unwatchable.

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2021, 05:10:58 PM »
Anytime Tarantino does one of his cameos it feels like the film's gone on holiday for a bit.

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2021, 05:41:08 PM »
Product placement, references to/ glimpses of real bands and scenes shot in record shops. I quite often pause record shop scenes to have a butchers at what's on sale.

Period detail too. British films in particular seem so desperate to cram a film full of signifiers for the era the film is set in, often to distract the viewer from the fact that the film is utter wank, and it looks so garish and artificial. Not everyone in the 60s dressed like Cilla Black.

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2021, 05:43:55 PM »
Period films set in the 18th century or whatever, but you can see the actors' BCG scars

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2021, 05:44:58 PM »
As soon as any sort of historical drama or biopic uses a modern speech cliche. It's infuriating because it just feels like the writers don't know they're doing it.

Like in The Imitation Game when some fucking WW2 army major tells Alan Turing "All right, Mr Turing, I'll bite."

"I'll bite"? Have you been watching The West Wing mate

Re: Things that take you right out of a film
« Reply #29 on: September 23, 2021, 05:55:58 PM »
Period films set in the 18th century or whatever, but you can see the actors' BCG scars

Or you can't see any characters with smallpox scars.

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