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Wonderbee31

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« on: 08-22-2003 08:21 »

What do you folks think are the most often, cheesiest moments in movies or tv?

One that I've grown to hate is the one (especially in Bond movies) but in a lot of other films as well, the bad guy tells Bond their whole "evil" plan while having him in a death trap, after which Bond(or whatever good guy) escapes, and puts an end to them and their plot.  That's why I liked Austin Powers, when Scott Evil says, let's just put a cap in him, Dad.  Oh come on.   laff
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #1 on: 08-22-2003 10:32 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2003 10:32 »

On Star Trek whenever the crew would be involved in a serious dilemma, someone out of the blue dreams up this completely non-sensical technobabble solution to their problem.  So then they try it and as long as it is close enough to the end of the hour, it works!

Sometimes it was well done, but others it was just some crappy deus ex machina.
Wonderbee31

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« Reply #2 on: 08-22-2003 10:36 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2003 10:36 »

I also remembered this piece of awfulness.  The hero shoots the monster, alien, etc. with their gun, all to no effect, then, the hero throws their empty gun at it.

(Just once, I'd love to see the bad thing keel over from the guns impact)  laff   laff
mazaite

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« Reply #3 on: 08-22-2003 10:50 »

The Misunderstanding with Hy-larious consequences. But that's been cliche way before TV.
Venus

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« Reply #4 on: 08-22-2003 11:17 »

the armed bad guys in movies are always really really bad shots while the hero is always a really really good shot. The only problem is that the hero never has a gun when he needs one.
Zed 85

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« Reply #5 on: 08-22-2003 11:29 »

Enemy soldiers have appalling reaction times.
news monster

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« Reply #6 on: 08-22-2003 11:46 »

what about the dead monster/villain that is not really dead...just lying there apparently dead...and when you walk over to poke at it with your gun or say, a stick, it wakes up suddenly and gets to its feet and approaches menacingly as if to say, "this time I mean business." The hero shoots, but guess what, he/she is out of bullets or energy in their battery pack, so the monster approaches slavering or laughing and just when we think it is all over *BANG* a shot rings out and the monster, now with stunned blank expression, slumps to the ground dead.  The hero turns quickly only to find that the killing shot was delivered by some scrawny side-kick, or perhaps virginal princess who finally worked up the nerve to do something about it
Lurrr

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« Reply #7 on: 08-22-2003 12:16 »

Any film/TV programme which includes the words 'saved the day', especially if it involved kids. What the hell does 'saved the day' mean anyway?!?
Blue Zoidberg

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« Reply #8 on: 08-22-2003 13:26 »

Random Kid ~ "I was just getting a glass of milk"
Impossible

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« Reply #9 on: 08-22-2003 13:29 »

In a lot of action films and such, there's always one scene where the good guy is on the run from the bad guys, and they always run through a market, and pushes over some sort of fruit in order to stop them getting to him.
boingo2000

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« Reply #10 on: 08-22-2003 13:31 »

The last place sports team that defeats all their challenges on and off the field and rises to the top with the addition of one rebel player (ie Bad News bears, Major Leauge 1, 2, 3).  Also the teacher variation of this plotline (Dead Poets Society, Dangerous Minds).
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #11 on: 08-22-2003 14:38 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2003 14:38 »

Neo: Hmm, this is gonna be tough.
Tank: Got you sorted.
*IDKFA
Very happy ammo added.
Neo: Woah. Cool, unlimited bullets.
mazaite

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« Reply #12 on: 08-22-2003 14:47 »

Ahhahaha I like that Clemens.
Does he get a bandana too?
But seriously i'm scared that that actualy will happen in revolutions.
Nurdbot

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« Reply #13 on: 08-22-2003 15:37 »

How fast relationship's accelerate.

"I hate you."
"I know."
"I love you."
"I know".
Gocad

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« Reply #14 on: 08-22-2003 15:40 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2003 15:40 »

The undefeatable One-Man-Army
(Arnie, Sly, Bruce, you name it)
ZombieJesus

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« Reply #15 on: 08-22-2003 15:45 »

-white guy versus black guy, usually cops
-white guy has no rythm or taste in music
-they slap on each other's hands when they try to touch the radio in the car
Nurdbot

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« Reply #16 on: 08-22-2003 16:49 »

Asian guys must work in Chinese Resteraunts.
Wonderbee31

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« Reply #17 on: 08-22-2003 17:14 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2003 17:14 »

Something that got really big in the slasher films of the 80's onward, especially Friday the 13th, was the way that the killer would usually be walking(at a slow pace) behind the victim.  The victim could run 100 meter in 3 seconds, but then, would usually trip, get up, looking for the killer, who then, would somehow be magically ahead of them, usually with some weapon other than just a plain old knife or gun.  roll eyes
M Jackson
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« Reply #18 on: 08-22-2003 17:35 »

I've always wondered where angry mobs get their rotten fruit and veg from that they're always throwing. It even happened recently in The Gangs of New York and they were in a bloody theatre! It almost ruined the scene because I found it unintentionaly funny.
Also I hate it when characters see a bad guy/ monster who is quite far away, and they then fall over backwards and scramble hopelessly slowly on thier hands and knees whilst still facing the threat.
Just watch the scene in the dark forest in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. He had bloody ages to run away!
John Connor also does this breifly in T3 when Arnie has turned bad. He could so easily run away as Arnie is only shuffling along!
Nurdbot

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« Reply #19 on: 08-23-2003 01:46 »

"Let's split up!"

evan

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« Reply #20 on: 08-23-2003 02:05 »

 
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Originally posted by Wonderbee31:
Something that got really big in the slasher films of the 80's onward, especially Friday the 13th, was the way that the killer would usually be walking(at a slow pace) behind the victim.  The victim could run 100 meter in 3 seconds, but then, would usually trip, get up, looking for the killer, who then, would somehow be magically ahead of them, usually with some weapon other than just a plain old knife or gun.   roll eyes

In the same vein, when the hero is able to run down a hallway just ahead of the explosion. Okay, the Millennium Falcon could do it in ROTJ, but I seriously doubt a normal person can outrun an explosion.
mazaite

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« Reply #21 on: 08-23-2003 02:24 »

Another couple:

The Cop partner who is about to retire at the beginning of the story. (dead)

The Young kid in a war who feels he could "Take on the whole (insert enemy army) by himself" (so dead)
Nurdbot

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« Reply #22 on: 08-23-2003 02:41 »

The Sniper always die's horribly.
I_am_Lrrr

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« Reply #23 on: 08-24-2003 02:05 »

How bout in friday the 13th, or more recently freddy vs jason when u knew that someone is going to die is that u were that chessy noise if u know what I'm talking about.And in scary movies it's always dark when people get killed, it's rarley day time when the killer is killing people, whats up with that?

Or in scooby doo they r ALWAYS afraid of the monster whne its some loser in a mask, they should have figure that out the 3rd time, not the 150th time or what ever
Nurdbot

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« Reply #24 on: 08-24-2003 03:29 »

It's amazing how a single guy can take out one Tank in earlier action movie, isn't?

ShineFusion

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« Reply #25 on: 08-24-2003 05:03 »

I can't believe no one has mentioned the famous 'the car won't start at the stupidest moments,' or 'the happy corny ending.'
kip
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« Reply #26 on: 08-24-2003 05:18 »

- Shooting the car once or twice makes it blow up.
- Often when characters drive somewhere it's morning, but when they get 5 minutes down the road, it's midnight.
- "I've been bashed and bruised, and my legs are blown off"... but I can still take on a whole army with this pathetic pistol.
- Chronic Screaming woman... for no reason
- The whole thing where the hero is going to be killed by the villain and you get this dialog...
<hero> So what are you going to do now?
<badguy> You pathetic fool! I've got this electronic key on my arm, which opens this hidden safe, which contains a detonation button, which will release a billion nuclear weapons when I push it, and it makes another button come up from the floor... once the nukes have been launched the only way to stop them is with my combination...
<hero> Oh lord, just kill me now
<badguy> And, since you're going to die now, the combination is 12345 *mechanical laugh*
The hero frees himself, incapacitates the villain, stops the launch of the nukes and the villain skreeees and makes an attempt to kill the hero, only A. to have something fall on him, B. have the hero's sidekick kill him, C. have the hero kill him.
ZombieJesus

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« Reply #27 on: 08-24-2003 05:59 »

-A tied up woman will spit in the face of the bad guy.
-Big heavy thing swings on rope or chain, misses bad guy. Bad guy laughs but doesn't look behind him when the big heavy thing swings back, and gets hit.
Gocad

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« Reply #28 on: 08-24-2003 06:06 »
« Last Edit on: 08-24-2003 06:06 »

People are flying through the room after being hit by a 9mm or something similar ... hilarious
Nurdbot

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« Reply #29 on: 08-24-2003 06:37 »

Someone always say something slezy like:
"What's a nice girl doing in place like this"

The Henchmen all wear the same Uniform.

M Jackson
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« Reply #30 on: 08-24-2003 06:49 »

Upper class people with British or other European accents are always the bad guy.
Zed 85

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« Reply #31 on: 08-24-2003 07:00 »

From an avert that followed movies about.

"You don't hear the helicopter...till you see the helicopter"

It happened in Goldeneye, where at the end Bond and the girl think they're alone in a field when suddenly half the field turns out to be Marines in Ghili suits and a whole squadron of Helos come out of literally no where without making a prior sound - you can't silent run a helicopter. Plus you can usually hear one well over a mile away.
Arkard

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« Reply #32 on: 08-24-2003 09:39 »

I find many happy endings very cheesy or simply inappropriate.
And it's strange that sometimes a supporting character only has to die to show that the current situation is seriously perilous.
ZombieJesus

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« Reply #33 on: 08-24-2003 09:54 »

-When the camera zooms in on a bar window from the outside for a couple of seconds, some guy will get thrown through it.
-When someone jumps through glass, he doesn't get cut.
-When people run away from the explosion and they jump on the ground, they are safe. Normally, The bang could deafen them, the heat could scorch them and they can get injured from falling debris.
aslate

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« Reply #34 on: 08-24-2003 10:08 »

Bombs always stop on 1. Unless you're in Goldfinger where it's 007.

Timers are never acurrate, you see it at 10, flip to a character who talks for 15 seconds, flip back to a timer at 8.
MuscaDomestica

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« Reply #35 on: 08-24-2003 12:30 »

 
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In the same vein, when the hero is able to run down a hallway just ahead of the explosion. Okay, the Millennium Falcon could do it in ROTJ, but I seriously doubt a normal person can outrun an explosion.

Actually in the origonal version the Falcon blew up, they ended up changing it when audiences didn't like it.
Arkard

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« Reply #36 on: 08-24-2003 12:37 »

That every mentally handicapped person has to be an unrecognized genius is bad cliché and humiliating
Coop

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« Reply #37 on: 08-24-2003 12:59 »

This may not count, but Matrix spoofs have become very very cliche..


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I_am_Lrrr

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« Reply #38 on: 08-24-2003 22:59 »

Afetr a huge fight, the boy and girl get back together in the end, except for that freddie pinze jr movie where he drank shampoo to kill himself, that was a horrible movie whew.
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« Reply #39 on: 08-25-2003 01:17 »

The sad thing is the first time a lot of these things were done, they weren't cliche but clever...
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