Things Hollywood has been doing wrong for years.

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by JBStephens, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. TheVU

    TheVU Forum Resident

    Thus most of Reservoir Dogs.
  2. Yovra

    Yovra Collector of Beatles Threads

    It must have been mentioned, but the mechanism is even used in the excellent "Yellowstone"; use a dumb character who doesn't know anything to explain something to the audience. "Why are we doing this Zeke?" "Why you *******, don't you know cows are scared easily by low-flying helicopters?" (I couldn't think of a better example, sorry).
    I love it when this plot-device is left out and the viewer has to map out who's doing what and why. I'm re-watching "Line of Duty" at the moment and guessing about who is the real'bad guy' is part of the tension!
  3. carrick doone

    carrick doone Whhhuuuutttt????

    Vancouver, Canada
    One exception - The Fleischer studios were brutal for post voiceover - mostly in their early days. You can see it so obviously in the early Popeye shorts. It's why they resorted to Bluto just mumbling and Olive Oyl shrieking. Flesicher is nostalgically thought of as being as good technically and aesthetically as Disney on the whole but this just isn't true.
  4. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    "555" wasn't used as an area code - they'd usually have the correct area code.

    It was always the prefix, so you'd have something like "213-555-2323" or whatever.

    I believe they allow now "555" numbers now because people got wise to "555" as a movie convention. It started to take people out of the story because they knew it was a fake number!
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  5. The Slug Man

    The Slug Man Forum Resident

    North Carolina
    This may have been mentioned in the past 34 pages, but someone will run into a room filled with people and say, "They're talking about _______!" (some event or person that deals with the plot. "Turn on the TV!" They will turn on the TV and it will be on the correct channel, and will see a reporter talk about something that pertains to them (and not miss anything they said). Then the second the reporter stops talking, someone says "Turn it off!" (or just turns it off). No one ever waits to see if the person on TV has anything else to say about it before turning it off. I see this a lot on Law and Order: SVU.
  6. mavisgold

    mavisgold Senior Member

    bellingham wa
    and back in the old days they never had to wait for the TV to warm up.
  7. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Should really take better care of himself

    It's the Exposition Channel! All exposition, all the time!
  8. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Should really take better care of himself

    I'm not sure if it's still the case but for a long time 555-anything would get you directory assistance. Officially it was 555-1212, but you could dial 555 anything, or just mash all the buttons with your palm if you didn't have your dialing wand.

  9. Big Jimbo

    Big Jimbo Forum Resident

    Watching the 1950s tv show “Highway Patrol” when you have a pair of criminals, one of them is always wanting to quit now (the woman if it’s a husband and wife team). The other overrules them, they commit a crime and Dan Mathews catches them.

    21-50, bye
  10. jawaka1000

    jawaka1000 Forum Resident

    What's wrong with that?
  11. The Slug Man

    The Slug Man Forum Resident

    North Carolina
    Or how about the cliche where the cop/agent talks down the antagonist (or someone about to commit suicide) by calmly saying, "Now, give me the gun..."
    Has that ever worked in real life?
  12. fuse999

    fuse999 Forum Resident

    How movie bullets ricochet off of any surface: sand, wood, water, drywall, etc.
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  13. EdgardV

    EdgardV Forum Resident

    Yes, and they all make the same sound when ricocheting off all those different surfaces.
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  14. Professor Batty

    Professor Batty Forum Resident

    Anoka Mn
    Except in Robert Altman films…
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  15. Bender Rodriguez

    Bender Rodriguez RIP Exene, best dog ever. 2005-2016

    A couch can stop bullets if you hide behind it.
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  16. SomeCallMeTim

    SomeCallMeTim Forum Resident

    Rockville, CT
    And firing a handgun held sideways and level with one's chest - no aiming or thought at all - gets you a kill shot if you're the good guy, and misses by a mile if you're not.

    Hartford - yes, the Connecticut city that "Judging Amy" made look like Stepford - was overrun with gang-related gun violence in the early to mid-nineties, but the number of gun-related deaths in the city remained stagnant. Too many gang-bangers had adopted the shooting-sideways stance for their weapons to be truly effective. (The murder rate went through the roof for a few years, but stabbings proved far deadlier than shootings.)
  17. JerolW

    JerolW Forum Resident


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  18. Anthology123

    Anthology123 Senior Member

    This was certainly true of the time number, which was usualy POP-CORN, but you can simply dial 767-1111 and it will still give you the time as well.
  19. Raylinds

    Raylinds Resident Lake Surfer

    Some things that are not really done that much anymore, but used to be common:
    Guns that have an infinite supply of bullets.
    Whenever someone was injured and blood was coming out of the side of their mouth (just a little dribble), you knew they weren't going to make it.
    Women woke up in the morning with full makeup and perfect hair.
    People sit down at a bar, quickly shoot down a drink and walk out without paying or know the exact amount they owe and happen to have it in their hand to slap down.
    Driving while spending the whole time talking and looking at the passenger.
    A bomb goes off next to the hero. Not only does he/she survive they have no loss of hearing and are clear headed.
    The villain trains their gun on the hero and make some threatening comments and then cock the hammer. The hero never knocks the un-cocked gun from his hand while he is talking.
    Mom cooks a full three course breakfast every morning for their kids, though the kids take only a few bites and run out the door.
    Characters can kill someone 25 feet away without aiming, but someone with a machine gun always misses.
  20. Also: people walking away from nearby explosions without ever getting dinged by shrapnel or knocked over by the shock wave.
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  21. KevinP

    KevinP Forum introvert

    Yeah. Now, bombs always explode behind the main character who's walking towards the camera and it pushed them a few forward on the ground. Unless they set it, in which case they keep walking, never looking back despite the sudden commotion is causes.
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  22. JerolW

    JerolW Forum Resident

    In slow motion.

  23. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
  24. Rocker

    Rocker Forum Resident

    Ontario, Canada
  25. The Wanderer

    The Wanderer Seeker of Truth

    hanging up a phone while the final comment is being made

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