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    Default Annoying movie cliches...

    Inspired by an IMDb poll, what do you think is/are the most annoying movie cliche(s)? I know the standard ones, such as:
    • Cut the green wire.
    • Interrupted kisses.
    • Bullet Time sequences (trend made popular, but not started by, The Matrix).
    • Massive flying camera sequence (trend started by The Lord of the Rings).
    • The black guy always dies.
    • Etc.


    But here are some of my own:
    • Red lighting during romance scenes.
    • Hero always wins.
    • Male character does not retaliate after being "bitch slapped" by an angry female character.
    • The story revolves around a poor person trying to overthrow the system. (Why aren't there more movies revolving around rich people fighting to keep their power?)
    • Tough chick (obvious counter response to the weak and submissive chicks).
    • Villains are almost always and have almost always been white (contrary to common belief).
    • The black guy survives (when it is obviously used as a counter response to the trend of the black guy always dying, it becomes evident when the movie makes it so it constantly seems he's going to die).


    And here are cliches that I wouldn't mind keeping:
    • Hero gets caught in an elaborate yet easily escapable death trap.
    • Small explosions followed by one giant explosion.
    • The villain's role revolves around a diabolical plan to take over the world.
    • The villain's fortress is practically designed for theatrics.
    • The villain with a bombastic speech about his plans.

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    The male and female protagonists inevitably fall in love. Quit cluttering up my movies with annoying romantic crap. If I want to see that I'll watch a chick flick.

    All female characters who do not fall in love with the hero in action/horrorish type movies are almost always killed off. Stop it.

    Slut whacking based horror movies. Sluts are cool. Stop making them.

    And pretty much all unnecessary violence against female characters.

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    And pretty much all unnecessary violence against female characters.
    Agreed. And stop giving us passive, one-dimensional female characters in movies. I never see a truly intelligent, dynamic, multi-faceted female protagonist.

    Insta-sex or insta-kissing. If two people haven't had enough time to even learn one or two opinions about each other, are they going to kiss? Nope. They're CERTAINLY not going to have sex.

    Females being way better-looking than the males. Females who weild sex as power.

    MEN RESCUING FEMALES! STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT. I am so, so, SO freaking sick of the men rescuing the females! Grrrr! :steam: For one thing, it is freaking BORING. We ALLLLL know it's going to happen!

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    oooh- you forgot the one about whenever someone shows a picture of their fiance or new child or something they die soon afterwords!

    (and it always makes me sad when the slut dies first )
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    Stupid Police (or other non-main characters.) I'm sure people know why this is an issue.

    Some sex in movies. There are movies where sex scenes work, but it does get repeated enough to get annoying.

    Some types of "humanizing". A lot of times, ways of doing this just seem tacked on to a movie to make the character likable. It's also annoying because there are many types of humans on the planet, with a wide variety of emotional tendencies, interests, etc., there often seems to be no need to humanize characters, or a way could easily be picked that fits well with the character.

    Modern day war movies that show battle in all its bloody, gory, deadly mess. (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk down type movies). Again, although they work well at getting the point across, these just get repetitive.

    War movies that get preachy: A lot of the above types of ones do this, it's just quite annoying after awhile.

    Sympathy for evil characters: I don't want to know why some serial killer in a movie has a bad child hood and just needs attention. I had a divorce when I was young, got picked on at school, blah, blah blah, yet haven't killed anyone, and the general population doesn't care, so expecting the same for some serial killer is actually pretty insulting.

    And stop giving us passive, one-dimensional female characters in movies. I never see a truly intelligent, dynamic, multi-faceted female protagonist.
    This one is quite true, a lot of female characters seem to get token "this is a strong female" treatment, before they have to get saved by the big action hero. Similar to "humanizing", having a character that could be quite impressive turn into just a love interest is not fun to see.


    Quote Originally Posted by sassafrassquatch View Post
    The male and female protagonists inevitably fall in love. Quit cluttering up my movies with annoying romantic crap. If I want to see that I'll watch a chick flick.
    Agree wholeheartedly here. In some movies the romances seem quite forced, such as Lord of the Rings. (Though the Arwen stuff was good for creating pauses and slower moments in the movies.)

    To me using this cliche makes the characters a lot less interesting also. People do have other feelings and interests besides attraction, sex, love, etc. It just seems quite unrealistic after awhile to have every single character fall in love in an action movie. I'd really like to see more ways to "humanize" a character than the worn out falling in love trick.

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    I still don't understand why the never show children getting killed on-screen even in R-rated movies. It's usually just implied. There's no harm in taking risks...

    I also think that one-dimensional villains make the story more enjoyable. I agree that humanizing villains is stupid. He's the villain, you're not supposed to feel sympathy for him. You're supposed to love to hate him.

    And why can't the main villain be a woman more often?

    Which reminds me, that's another cliche that I'd like to keep: Female villains must be sexier and more seductive than the heroine.

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    I also think that one-dimensional villains make the story more enjoyable. I agree that humanizing villains is stupid. He's the villain, you're not supposed to feel sympathy for him. You're supposed to love to hate him.
    This brought to mind the captain from Pan's Labyrinth. He was downright cruel, and I really liked that. I like for villains to have weaknesses, and I think his weakness was wanting an heir so badly. I loved to hate him. He was so artfully portrayed on the big screen. Ruthless, cunning, sick and cruel. Oooh.

    I think movies need more VILLAINS who are main characters. It would be interesting to see a really sick and messed-up person being the main character. Have I seen any movies where the villain was the main character? I don't just mean your classic gritty underdog protagonist who easily offends everyone because he's rude and vulgar and doesn't take any crap (like Indiana Jones, Van Hellsing, etc). I want to see a truly demented, messed-up, genius VILLAIN (aka antagonist) who is the main character, who murders people, has his values completely screwed up, and really isn't remorseful. That would be interesting. But, I'd also like him (or her!) to have a soft spot really deep down - not necessarily the classic soft spot for a love interest or a dead parent, but an emotion that isn't frequent in their personality, like sadness, or feelings of deficiency. Something, in all the madness, that you can relate to.

    Stupid Police (or other non-main characters.) I'm sure people know why this is an issue.
    Oh my gosh, agreed, agreed! Why can't ANY of the side characters have a wit or a brain?

    Some types of "humanizing". A lot of times, ways of doing this just seem tacked on to a movie to make the character likable. It's also annoying because there are many types of humans on the planet, with a wide variety of emotional tendencies, interests, etc., there often seems to be no need to humanize characters, or a way could easily be picked that fits well with the character.
    Yup. Some ways of humanizing a character just don't fit with that character, or it's over-done. You can't expect a jerk to do a 360-degree turn or something. Yup. Romance is usually the easiest way for people to show that hey! he's human! Blah. I agree, there are much more original and interesting ways. It doesn't have to be slammed in our faces. Some characters can be almost irredeemably flawed, but still human, for that ability to change and grow over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mempy View Post
    I want to see a truly demented, messed-up, genius VILLAIN (aka antagonist) who is the main character, who murders people, has his values completely screwed up, and really isn't remorseful. That would be interesting. But, I'd also like him (or her!) to have a soft spot really deep down - not necessarily the classic soft spot for a love interest or a dead parent, but an emotion that isn't frequent in their personality, like sadness, or feelings of deficiency. Something, in all the madness, that you can relate to.

    I have the perfect mini-series/movie for what you described. Have you ever seen the tv mini-series that aired on HBO entitled "Epitafios" (meaning Epitaphs in English)? It's on DVD now, and comes with English subtitles. Seriously, this series was so twisted it literally disturbed me on occasion when I watched it, but was so brilliantly done I had to keep watching to see what happened. Here's a link to a summary of the series:

    HBO's 'Epitafios' Raises the Tension With the Body Count

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mempy View Post
    I want to see a truly demented, messed-up, genius VILLAIN (aka antagonist) who is the main character, who murders people, has his values completely screwed up, and really isn't remorseful. That would be interesting. But, I'd also like him (or her!) to have a soft spot really deep down - not necessarily the classic soft spot for a love interest or a dead parent, but an emotion that isn't frequent in their personality, like sadness, or feelings of deficiency. Something, in all the madness, that you can relate to.
    You should check out the Dexter tv series, especially season 1 which was entirely based on the book Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Season 2 has strayed off onto it's own plotline but season 1 was brilliant, and the main character is exactly like you described. Alternatively just read the book.

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    Also, all non english speaking white people speak with a british accent.

    Russians in Enemy at the Gate.
    Germans and french are usually british, sometimes nazis in WWII movies use a german accent.
    Romans are always british.

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