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 Posted:   Mar 15, 2021 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

I've knocked films before about people using a paperclip to pick a lock (with ease) saying it's impossible, but I think I'll have to eat my words.



In US Marshals the frame of a pair of glasses that goes over your ears is used twice to unlock handcuffs.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2021 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Seen this twice recently in a film called Moxie and a TV series called Ginny & Georgia, in almost identical scenes:

White male teacher in class asks a young black student if she has read the books on their list over summer.

Young student immediately answers with "why are the books all written by old white men", and goes into a long soliloquy, rather dripping with acceptable borderline race hate, about what what they think they should be reading about and why the teacher is wrong.

The scene is probably in other films, almost identically, I'd imagine, as it's easy to write and blunt.

 
 Posted:   Mar 30, 2021 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...a well-dressed man is told something anxiety-inducing, which is followed by a shot of them loosening their tie?

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2021 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Probably used before.

When someone is shipwrecked, stranded at sea, whatever and they're supposedly treading water, but you can clearly tell they're standing on the bottom and just moving their arms. Also bugs me, and usually goes with this one, that the long distance shot shows them in rough water with high waves, yet in the closeup the water is smooth as a pool.

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2021 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Oooh ive got one...ive got one...
When a character is injured and in a coma, the camera always, always focusses on their twitching finger to show they are about to wake up.

Seen this dozens of times n saw again in Angel Has Fallen, security service tosh with Gerard Butler.

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2021 - 4:40 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Oooh ive got one...ive got one...
When a character is injured and in a coma, the camera always, always focusses on their twitching finger to show they are about to wake up.

Seen this dozens of times n saw again in Angel Has Fallen, security service tosh with Gerard Butler.


Good one, Bill!

Another and related to your example, I think; a person is in bed paralyzed, no feeling below their whatever, and when they're alone, some urgent need - something falls off the bed, they hear some disturbance outside, whatever and lo and behold, where all other medical, psychological, whatever, efforts have failed, their desire prompts them to rise! They pull themselves up, they fall to the floor in a heap, then before they realize it they're walking again!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2021 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I've noticed that now they can use cheap drones to film aerial shots, instead of expensive helicopters, that there's tons of aerial shots these days, films, TV drama & docs.

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2021 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Yeah i actually prefer the shots where the main characters hair n clothes are blowing about in the wind created by the chopper !

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2021 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

I've noticed that now they can use cheap drones to film aerial shots, instead of expensive helicopters, that there's tons of aerial shots these days, films, TV drama & docs.

I actually don't mind this, as it allows low-budget films/TV to have a more "cinematic" look.

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2021 - 8:25 PM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I've noticed that now they can use cheap drones to film aerial shots, instead of expensive helicopters, that there's tons of aerial shots these days, films, TV drama & docs.

Yeah, I think its used to much nowadays and its turned into a gimmick. Oh look, another drone shot! there's no mystery in how a shot is made anymore. Takes some of the magic out of movie making nowadays.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2021 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

This is maybe one that hasn't been mentioned before (I've just seen it on the telly). - Whenever someone takes an old dust covered box out of storage, before opening it they always blow at the top (causing a cloud of dust), every time (& the same goes for a big old dust covered book). I suppose it's just in case the audience haven't noticed the thick layer of dust on it.

 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2021 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

This is maybe one that hasn't been mentioned before (I've just seen it on the telly). - Whenever someone takes an old dust covered box out of storage, before opening it they always blow at the top (causing a cloud of dust), every time.

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2021 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

We watched some fluff called Ava yesterday with Jessica Chastain as an international hitperson smile re-connecting with her family when... oh, I don’t know, some reason that seemed credible at the time.

She was involved in several brutal but unconvincing fights, and I realised I was sick to death of seeing the hero in a film tangle with a gunman, take control of their hand/arm and use their own gun to shoot some other assailants.

Sorry if it’s been mentioned already, but it’s never really annoyed me before...

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2021 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

No its a cliche. Done to death in john wick.

Yeah because when you got an assailent with his arm behind his back and struggling, its easy to hold them still, put your finger over their finger and fire accurately 2 shots at 2 assassins coming thru the door.

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2021 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Yup, an old favourite. Up there with grabbing the baddies head from behind with both hands & sharply turning it (right or left) with a nice crunch on the soundtrack (I think breaking a stick of celery does the trick), & the man collapses dead.

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2021 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Solium   (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 losing their balance on a ledge about to fall to their death when they ask a friend for a helping hand, suddenly its revealed the friend is the villain and they let them fall to their death.

 
 Posted:   May 2, 2021 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Yup, an old favourite. Up there with grabbing the baddies head from behind with both hands & sharply turning it (right or left) with a nice crunch on the soundtrack (I think breaking a stick of celery does the trick), & the man collapses dead.

My chiropractor does this to me and usually its a release from heaven. Be great if a henchman turned to the commando assassin after a neck click and said "Ooh wow, thank you, thats fixed it.

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2021 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

No its a cliche. Done to death in john wick.

Yeah because when you got an assailent with his arm behind his back and struggling, its easy to hold them still, put your finger over their finger and fire accurately 2 shots at 2 assassins coming thru the door.


Yeah, and the villain always forgets he has two arms, and that while the good guy has his one arm pinned, he could use the free hand to...ummm...oh, well...

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2021 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

...in animated films, the villain's demise is due to them falling from a great height? I know it's to prevent the hero from dirtying their hands with an act of murder (no matter how justified or satisfying), but there aren't any other ways to off the bad guy that will leave the hero blameless?

 
 Posted:   May 3, 2021 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

...in animated films, the villain's demise is due to them falling from a great height? I know it's to prevent the hero from dirtying their hands with an act of murder (no matter how justified or satisfying), but there aren't any other ways to off the bad guy that will leave the hero blameless?



A lot of the times yes. The Prince did kill the Evil Queen in Sleeping Beauty, though in dragon form.
Animated films got a bit braver in the 80's. Justin in NIMH stabs Jenner in the gut. Now of course Jenner's accomplice finished him off. But I still think Justin's stab was lethal. In The Little Mermaid the Price actually impales Ursula with the boat.

 
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