Dumb Movie Cliches

Discussion in 'Movies' started by WillG, May 7, 2004.

  1. Paul_Scott

    Paul_Scott Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Messages:
    6,546
    Likes Received:
    1


    in the last couple of weeks, i must have seen 3 or 4 movies that had a car going over the edge of something and exploding into a fireball- and everytime i see that, i flash on, i think it was saturday night live which had a skit with a shopping cart going over the edge of a cliff and exploding into a fireball.
    i can never take a scene like that seriously anymore, and no matter how much i was into the movie before that happens, i always crack up thinking back on it, and it takes some effort to get back in.
     
  2. DougFND

    DougFND Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2004
    Messages:
    250
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Spontaneous Group Sing-along. You know what I'm talking about. All of the characters onscreen suddenly start singing an upbeat song.

    An no, I'm not talking about musicals.
     
  3. WillG

    WillG Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2003
    Messages:
    5,614
    Likes Received:
    129


    The Simpsons have gags all the time where something completely random combusts. In one episode, the kids of Springfield Elementary are rioting, a couple of the overturn the teacher's desk and it bursts into flames for no reason. In another, Homer is unsuccesfully trying to make breakfast for Mr. Burns. He settles on cereal, pours the milk in and the bowl bursts into flames.
     
  4. EricW

    EricW Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2001
    Messages:
    2,309
    Likes Received:
    0
    whenever a bullet is extracted from a gunshot wound, the doctor extracts the bullet with tweezers from the wound and drops it onto a metal dish so you can hear the loud "clank"
     
  5. WillG

    WillG Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2003
    Messages:
    5,614
    Likes Received:
    129


    And of course, very seldom is surgery required
     
  6. Danny Tse

    Danny Tse Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2000
    Messages:
    3,190
    Likes Received:
    0
    How about that light underneath the dashboard that shines up at the driver and the passenger as they have their dialog while driving?
     
  7. David Brown Eyes

    David Brown Eyes Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 1999
    Messages:
    262
    Likes Received:
    0
    The use of nukes to save the world.

    Armageadom,
    Deap Impact,
    10.5

    etc...
     
  8. WillG

    WillG Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2003
    Messages:
    5,614
    Likes Received:
    129
    Plot points being spoken about in over elaborate riddles. ie. Matrix Reloaded. Oracle, JUST TELL ME WHAT THE HELL I"M SUPPOSED TO DO.
     
  9. DaveGTP

    DaveGTP Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2002
    Messages:
    2,096
    Likes Received:
    0
    I always hate the "guy meets girl under false pretenses, girl finds out, girl breaks up, girl/guy get back together". Please, how many movies can they make with this same exact sequence of events?

    And I am always amused by the explosions. That comment about the exploding shopping cart on SNL made me laugh - maybe it helps I worked at a grocery store as my first job.


    And of course, the classic bad guys can't shoot.
     
  10. George_W_K

    George_W_K Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2003
    Messages:
    1,631
    Likes Received:
    60
    Location:
    Ohio
    Real Name:
    George
    I don't know, I kind of like it when cars explode when they go off the cliff. Makes me happy to have a sub.[​IMG]
     
  11. GARY C

    GARY C Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 1999
    Messages:
    252
    Likes Received:
    0
    One I hate is the much overused bad foreshadowing

    It's the one where they give you a view of the obvious 'trick' at the beginning of the movie (like showing someone afraid of something that they conquer at the end, or the secret device that no one has ever used this way only to be used that way to save the day).

    They are so cheesy and obvious that it makes me wretch while watching some movies.

    Also sequels that "redo" a shot/quote from the first movie in just a slightly different way.
     
  12. Terry Flink

    Terry Flink Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 23, 1999
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    0
    In "war" movies all explosions are huge balls of fire. Most military ordinance look like a dust cloud when exploding...too boring I guess.

    Bullets that spark on everything they hit.

    Head shots through a cars windshield that kill the driver and spatter blood on the windshield.

    In major battle scenes everyone not "essential" to the story dies instantly no matter where they are shot.

    Tires getting shot out.
     
  13. Anthony Neilson

    Joined:
    May 26, 2003
    Messages:
    1,022
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    London
    Real Name:
    Anthony
    If the main character is a thief, he's always on his last job.

    The Mayor's always just been on the phone "chewing" the police Captain's "ass off".

    If a character is Oriental you get a little phrase of Chinese music every time he appears.

    Similarly, anyone Celtic always gets Irish pipes on the soundtrack, even if they're Scottish.
     
  14. GARY C

    GARY C Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 1999
    Messages:
    252
    Likes Received:
    0

    Ah, yes you reminded me of another.

    Everyone dies! Why is it in most movies that start off with team of people only the main character and maybe 1 other (90% of the time someone they find that falls for the lead by the end) make it through to the end of the movie?

    We don't always need someone to die to get "involved" with the flick.
     
  15. Rob Gardiner

    Rob Gardiner Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2002
    Messages:
    2,950
    Likes Received:
    1
    Every bag of groceries has a loaf of french bread sticking out the top.

    Any stormtrooper or orc who is killed screams like a cowboy named Wilhelm.
     
  16. Joey Skinner

    Joey Skinner Second Unit

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2003
    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    0
    The angry police chief pulls the detective off the case then the detective solves the crime anyway. Saw this just the other day in "The Bone Collector".
     
  17. Terry Flink

    Terry Flink Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    May 23, 1999
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    0
    Oh yeah...the gun/bottle/vase/stick/etc. to the head knock out.
     
  18. Malcolm R

    Malcolm R Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2002
    Messages:
    12,705
    Likes Received:
    566
    Real Name:
    Malcolm
    How the protagonist being chased by a killer/monster finally shoots/hits the killer/monster, knocking them down (usually with a single shot), then either:

    1. Every so slowly creeps up to the still form of the person/thing to see if it's really dead (which it never is, it just waits until they're hovering right over it to come back to consciousness).

    or

    2. Runs away, only to have to repeat the same chase again minutes or seconds later when the person/thing regains consciousness.

    If I had a gun, I'd never approach the body or turn my back on it until I pumped every bullet I had into its head from a safe distance. If not a gun, I'd use some other tool, board, rock to smash its head in before I left the body.

    These movies where people fire a single shot, knock down the killer, then break down crying, "it's over, it's over" only to have the guy get up and start chasing them again are ridiculous.
     
  19. RobertR

    RobertR Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 1998
    Messages:
    9,690
    Likes Received:
    159
    The CEO of a corporation is always either a clueless old dodderer or an amoral thug utterly without compunction about murdering (even millions), stealing, kidnaping, etc.
     
  20. EricW

    EricW Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2001
    Messages:
    2,309
    Likes Received:
    0


    assassins too.
    (unless the theif/assassin is retired, and a bad guy is pulling him/her back in)


    the main character cop NEVER calls for backup

    does a throwing knife really INSTANTLY kill someone?

    here's a more recent one:
    if the bad guy is only seen by one person, he/she is imaginary.
     

Share This Page