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« on: July 07, 2007, 12:30:23 AM »

OK we've all seen them in everything from A and B to Z movies ... the classic cliché in many films.

Clichés like the guy in the morgue doing a autopsy and eating a sandwich, donut whatever.
The good cop that is made to look like the bad cop in has to prove they're the good cop.
The guy that wins a gun fight with his last shot.
The hero getting the girl.

oh and about a zillion others ...

which ones have you folks seen.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2007, 12:40:40 AM »

The monster is killed, but the final shot shows an egg that is about to hatch or that already has hatched.
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2007, 12:41:35 AM »

the undead arm reaching up from the grave as the credits roll . . . .
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2007, 12:56:44 AM »

+ Two guys and a girl.
+ The End ???
+ The hero saves the day after blowing up an entire city, but nobody cares because he has saved the day.
+ A poorly dubbed, blond Italian kid sees a ghost or a demon but nobody believes him.
+ Spooky shadows, eerie music... AH!  A cat.
+ Aww com'on, condoms are for losers, baby.
+ Buxom women take showers whenever the mood strikes.
+ Maniac killers have to be killed several times before they are dead.
+ Crazy hermits know everything there is to know about local phenomena.
+ Clint Eastwood in a Clint Eastwood movie.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2007, 07:03:31 AM »

* The military / police / government or other important agency ignores the advice of the heroes, threatens them with jail (or worse) and takes the advice of the villain.

* A hunchbacked assistant.

* A beautiful woman who becomes scarred in an accident and volunteers for a mad scientist's experimental skin graft / hormone / radiation treatments.

* A cowardly supporting character who does something incredibly brave and helps save the day.

* The hero, hanging by a rope over a chasm, telling a beautiful woman or a little kid, "Hold onto me . . . and for God's sake, don't look down!"

* A crying woman, kneeling over the hero who is apparently dead, only to have the hero open his eyes and make a smart-ass remark like, "Did I miss anything?"

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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2007, 07:31:53 AM »

Whatever big discovery the characters are trying to make, in the end it turns out that it would be best if it remained a secret.

Anytime us earthlings are offered advances technology by some alien race, we never get it.  No movie can ever end with us enjoying unlimited energy, freedom from disease, etc.

Evil aliens offer the earthlings a choice between letting them kill one main character or else they'll destroy the planet.  Good guys always say "destroy the planet" because "life is precious", etc.  They never destroy the planet anyway.  I mean, c'mon, wouldn't 99.9% of people say "Hmmm, one guy gets killed, or the whole planet gets killed?  Okay, kill the freakin' guy."

Main character wants to return home but evil greedy person insists on continuing - often the movie becomes nothing more than greed vs. good at this point.

The main character was falsely imprisoned/fired/drummed out of the service and has to be set free / reinstated / re-hired to save the world/day whatever.

Painful scenes of the main character doing something unbelievably macho at the beginning of the movie.

The main character warns everyone, repeatedly, not to do what they're going to do, then saves the day when they do it anyway.

Government / evil businessman stands in the way of the heroes doing what must be done, often for the most absurd of reasons.

Main bad character tries to make friends with their evil creation, only to be killed by it immediately.  Wow, how ironic, huh?

Main characters ex-wife just happens to be in charge of preventing him from doing what must be done, she finally acquiesces at the end, and then they kiss.

Main character kisses girl at the end, even if they didn't show any romantic interest before then.

Monster that is impervious to bullets and explosives can be held at bay by a series of punches and kicks, if said punches and kicks are delivered by a main character.

All explosives, whether it be dynamite, hand grenades, C-4, etc. explode like napalm bombs.




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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2007, 08:41:49 AM »


+ Crazy hermits know everything there is to know about local phenomena.


Variant: small-part character has a book or finds a book with all the answers about local phenomena.  (reading book = cheap way to do exposition)

At a meeting with the President about what to do about the aliens, the military men always want to nuke them, and some civilian yells "No, anything but THAT."

Before nuking or otherwise engaging some other-worldly alien, the President gives some stupid speech as if he were running for office.

Villains say "now I'm going to kill you" and rather than killing the hero (or other hostage), they yak for 5 minutes to allow the hero to save the day.  (One of my peeves, actuallly --- JUST SHOOT THE GUY for crying out loud).

Short, throwaway shots near the beginning to establish a main character has a wife/husband, children and a "normal life" when none of these elements are ever mentioned again during the movie.
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2007, 11:56:57 AM »

Women scream at the drop of an hat or at the sight of a cow (MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR). Sometimes in more progressive films, men do as well.
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2007, 02:04:44 PM »

Some more:

* The main character uses a Civil War sword or some other relic handed down from his great grandfather, to his grandfather, to his father, to him, to kill the villain.

* The villain points a gun at the hero.  We hear a gunshot.  The hero is fine, but the villain falls to the ground revealing a woman or little kid standing behind him with a smoking rifle.  (Up to this point in the person's life, he or she had never fired a rifle).

And just ONE TIME I would like to see someone who is being chased by a monster or killer get into a car that doesn't have a dead battery.
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2007, 02:25:11 PM »

And if you're ever being chased by a villain in a car, make sure to run down the middle of the street where he can follow you.  Don't get off on the sidewalk or in the woods where he wouldn't be able to hit you.  And if the villain pulls up next to you on the highway and tries to ram your car off the road, never hit the brakes because that would cause him to miss.
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2007, 03:12:02 PM »

boring lesson/ discussion of "white magic" and "black magic" and how they are different.
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« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2007, 09:04:16 PM »

 The hero of the film must always make some sort of pun-like statement before or after killing the bad guy. 
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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2007, 10:38:29 PM »


And just ONE TIME I would like to see someone who is being chased by a monster or killer get into a car that doesn't have a dead battery.

Dang I was going to say that ...


I'd like to see some one that runs out of bullet, actually keep the gun instead of throwing it away ... I'm pretty sure they made more bullets than just those.


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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2007, 10:48:35 PM »

The hero's hateful kid will always turn nice by the end. Nothing makes a kid more respectful than their dad being shot or severely beaten...
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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2007, 10:56:57 PM »

The one that irritates me most is when someone knocks the mass murderer unconscious then stands there staring at the killer instead of fleeing.  Even as slow as I am I could be down the block and gone before the killer gets back up, and that's another one, WHY must the killer always get back up?
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