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CyberKnight

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« Reply #80 on: 09-02-2003 19:02 »

I think my least favourite sci-fi TV/Movie cliche is where every species is in some way superior to humans. Especially in Star Trek, where basically every race met was human with some extra abilities added on.
evan

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« Reply #81 on: 09-02-2003 20:24 »

How it's so easy to hack into a computer. Also, apparently most operating systems use high-tech colored graphics that are easy to read and just as easy to break into.
fromage

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« Reply #82 on: 09-02-2003 22:27 »

 
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Originally posted by OC_James:
-Earth computers that can bring down entire alien fleets.

The best example is ID4. Aliens have MAC OS installed on their computers so you can upload a virus and crash the whole system.

If their technology is so great, how come they don't even have the latest version of McAfee? Or at least, a fucking firewall?

zvoidx

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« Reply #83 on: 09-02-2003 23:34 »
« Last Edit on: 09-02-2003 23:34 »

...And if the alien technology is so advanced...why not make your spaceship look like an airplane, so no one will notice it in the sky, (even if it's just an illusion of an airplane).
Stupid advanced aliens...  no no
CyberKnight

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« Reply #84 on: 09-03-2003 04:22 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
How it's so easy to hack into a computer. Also, apparently most operating systems use high-tech colored graphics that are easy to read and just as easy to break into.


"I know this....It's a Unix System!"  wink

Yes, good lord, it's a system which uses folders and has a (crappy) graphical front end.
Nurdbot

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« Reply #85 on: 09-03-2003 04:48 »

All ghost's have harmful intention's.
Arkard

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« Reply #86 on: 09-03-2003 09:13 »
« Last Edit on: 09-03-2003 09:13 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
How it's so easy to hack into a computer. Also, apparently most operating systems use high-tech colored graphics that are easy to read and just as easy to break into.

And that computer hacking in most cases is illustrated with some guy who is typing really fast. Not that he needs to take a break and think about the problem for a while. The hacker just sits down, tortures his keyboard for a while, and voilą, the problem is solved.

ZombieJesus

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« Reply #87 on: 09-03-2003 10:27 »

 
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Originally posted by Nurdbot:
All ghost's have harmful intention's.

Ghosts are so scary, but all they usually do is hover around a bit, walk through things and dissapear in thin air.
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #88 on: 09-04-2003 14:38 »

 
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Originally posted by CyberKnight:
I think my least favourite sci-fi TV/Movie cliche is where every species is in some way superior to humans. Especially in Star Trek, where basically every race met was human with some extra abilities added on.
"Star Trek: Stuff that NEVER happens!"
See No. 4!!  laff

"Live forever or die trying."
kip
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« Reply #89 on: 09-05-2003 16:02 »

When there is no gravity, everyone moves reallllly slow. Gah!
fromage

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« Reply #90 on: 09-06-2003 00:49 »

On a space shuttle, there is always a big machine gun, just in case. (See Armageddon, worst. movie. ever.)
Asylum-Fry

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« Reply #91 on: 09-06-2003 03:54 »

What bothers me is that EVERY SINGLE GODFORSAKEN MOVIE I HAVE EVER HEARD OF is based on romance. Anyone notice that?

Some scary movies aren't, but the fact that my mom and brothers are wusses mean I can't rent any. And I wanted to see Session 9 again!
winna

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« Reply #92 on: 09-06-2003 04:05 »
« Last Edit on: 09-06-2003 04:05 »

The bad guy ALWAYS has to get up and come back for more... Even when he loses his wings a leg and an arm and has to hop 8 feet into the air in a cornfield.....   roll eyes
kip
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« Reply #93 on: 09-06-2003 07:32 »

Red wire, Blue wire.

If you where a villain and you made a bomb.... would you use nice friendly colored wires? I wouldn't or at the very least I wouldn't put a big display there, and I'd spray paint the wires so they are ALL the same color.
aslate

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« Reply #94 on: 09-06-2003 07:38 »

Or swap the colour of the wires round:
Bomb Expert: Ok, now you need to snip the blue wire.
Hero: Just the blue wire? Not the red, yellow or green ones?
Bomb Expert: Just the blue wire
Hero: Ok, here goes!
*Snip*
Hero: Phew!
*Kabooom!*
Action Jacktion

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« Reply #95 on: 09-07-2003 13:24 »
« Last Edit on: 09-07-2003 13:24 »

All black women and gay men are sassy.

If you're holding a milk carton in front of you, you'll get shot.  (The Manchurian Candidate, The Enemy Within, The Jackal, etc.)
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #96 on: 09-07-2003 21:06 »

#303, it's an anime Cliche, and no-one knows what it means, but damn is it overused.
Tdog

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« Reply #97 on: 09-08-2003 03:28 »

Get naked in a horror movie: DIE
Have sex in a horror movie: DIE
Like comics iahm: DIE
Best friend of the hero or heroine of a horror movie: DIE
Fall in love with the hero or heroine in a horror film: LIVE
Nurdbot

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« Reply #98 on: 09-08-2003 06:49 »

Being the young plucky greenhorn recruit mean's you can survive massive battle's over places of strategic importance with Panzers.

See Saving Private Ryan.
Lt. Kroker

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« Reply #99 on: 09-08-2003 13:31 »

There's a cliché which seems to be in every comedy these days, when a large number of people (e.g. a stadium) get involved in the hero's personal life and cheer them on. I find that so annoying.
Luis

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« Reply #100 on: 09-10-2003 01:00 »

Guns that never lock-up, overheat, or run out of ammo, also the "double gun" complex (Have you ever lifted a desert eagle Demi? it's only about 7 kg each). Guns that fire underwater (Again, AK47, lethal weapon 4), frag grenades that can destroy a tank, the magic bullets (a 9mm isn't a powerful gun and yet most baddies die with a single shot), the guy that hasn't fired a gun in his life but grabs an automatic like he's an expert. C4 that misteriously explodes when burnt (C4 explodes on pressure AND heat), the 180 mph car chase that ends well (no civilian casualties, the hero didn't crash), the fact that every movie has a guy named bob, joe or tommy. The lone berserk guy that takes on a whole army of soldiers with a pistol and NEVER picks up a better gun (Wouldn't you pick up an AR instead of more pistol bullets?), the sexy useless chick that looks tough but it's saved by the hero at the end (trinity anyone?).
SlaytanicMaggot
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« Reply #101 on: 09-11-2003 20:23 »

If I recall, Trinity saved Neo at the end of the first movie.

cliches:
-How no one can fight the certain bad guy/guys, then when one person does, all of sudden everybody can fight them in the sequel (Matrix)

-the hero never gets bruised

-action movies with actors who SHOULD NOT even be associated with action movies (Daredevil, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore in Charlie's Angels/CA2)

-the use of multitudes of bombs/explosives to destroy a place when one bomb would be enough to take out a city block

-car chases through four states without running out of gas (just once, i wanna see a cop car and the car being chased pull into a stop, refuel, then start the chase all over again.)

-the hero has terrible fashion sense until he goes on a date with the leading woman, then aftwerwards the guy can never go wrong with any outfit.

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Just Chris

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« Reply #102 on: 09-11-2003 21:25 »

I really hate it when a villain has a bunch of henchmen but they take out the hero one buy one. "Hey, wait your turn. He's almost done with him." No one in real life will take someone alone if he's got a group to back him up. Learn from street gangs, people!!1

All ugly monsters have evil intentions. Maybe it's the pent-up rage for all the teasing in junior high?

To add to ID4 cliches: The aliens are also easily baffled by Morse code.

 
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What bothers me is that EVERY SINGLE GODFORSAKEN MOVIE I HAVE EVER HEARD OF is based on romance. Anyone notice that?

True for Hollywood movies, but then check out indie movies. Indie movies also tend to leave the endings open-ended, something today's Hollywood hates to do.
evan

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« Reply #103 on: 09-11-2003 22:49 »

 
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Originally posted by Pitt Clemens:
#303, it's an anime Cliche, and no-one knows what it means, but damn is it overused.

When the hero is shot at, he's always hit in the cheek. Somehow, the only damage is a little streak of blood across his skin. (see, Trigun.)
Wonderbee31

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« Reply #104 on: 09-12-2003 08:14 »
« Last Edit on: 09-12-2003 08:14 »

Don't recall if this came up, but, how about the ugly, yet actually pretty girl.  They made fun of this in Not another Teen movie, when trying to hook the popular guy with an ugly girl, and they pick the tortured artist, who also wears glasses.  Oh no!  She's wearing glasses!  roll eyes
ZombieJesus

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« Reply #105 on: 09-12-2003 08:44 »

When a car drives in the wrong lane, the first oncoming car will be a big 18-wheeler.

Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #106 on: 09-12-2003 14:32 »
« Last Edit on: 09-12-2003 14:32 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
 When the hero is shot at, he's always hit in the cheek. Somehow, the only damage is a little streak of blood across his skin. (see, Trigun.)

I'm not tired of that cliche.  I love the cheek cut.  Whenever you see the hero/heroine bleeding from the face, you know it's a good fight scene.  I think the cliche started in Project A-ko, in a segment directed by Asiyama Kai, before he devoted his life to manga.  It's A-ko's sword-fight with D.

(Thank you Project A-ko DVD with commentary)

evan

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« Reply #107 on: 09-12-2003 14:41 »

But I doubt it's that common, to be hit in the face but have no extensive damage.
Nurdbot

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« Reply #108 on: 09-12-2003 15:28 »

It's a cartoon.
Just Chris

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« Reply #109 on: 09-12-2003 21:54 »

 
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Originally posted by Wonderbee31:
Don't recall if this came up, but, how about the ugly, yet actually pretty girl.  They made fun of this in Not another Teen movie, when trying to hook the popular guy with an ugly girl, and they pick the tortured artist, who also wears glasses.  Oh no!  She's wearing glasses!   roll eyes

Yeah, they really forgot the Geek Chic fad!

Yet ANOTHER ID4 goof: These aliens have bio-armor suits, but still have a glass jaw. For example, Will Smith knocks the alien cold when it emerges from its spaceship hatch.

- For romance movies, the setting doesn't really matter for 'Prince meets Pauper' stories such as Maid in Manhattan.
Pitt Clemens

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« Reply #110 on: 09-28-2003 02:43 »
« Last Edit on: 09-28-2003 02:43 »

*Bump*


Black guy = evil.
Yay!
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« Reply #111 on: 09-28-2003 16:41 »

speaking of cutting the wires

it was on a english sketch show about 7 years now
some army people are around one of those bombs, and this guy is carefully looking at the wires with one of those little wire cutters.
than suddenly this guy appears and just suddenly gets out some massive hedge cutters and cuts all the wires at once.

I also hate people looking up at the massive stone object thats slowly about to crush them.

FOR FUCKS SAKE RUN MAN RUN.

another this is probably more common in cartoons
is people running away from something as opposed to just diving to the side


( i dont know how to use spoilers so sorry you might just have to skip past this bit from matrix reloaded
at the end of matrix reloaded.
when neo suddenly realises he might be able to use
his powers outside the matrix and just says
"something is diffrent"
and its like
"WHAT CAN YOU BE MORE SPECFIC?"
Speli

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« Reply #112 on: 09-28-2003 18:17 »

-When being chased by a large and potentially lethal moving object (i.e. car, train...), it never occurs to the person to jump off to the side.

-The matrix bullet time has been whored around so much, it's not even cool anymore (Except of course, when it is)

-The sci-fi/horror movies where a group of people are in an isolated area and away from any possible help, then all the stuff starts happening, and they start fighting eachother instead of what they should be fighting, and each one has a personality which will affect who lives and who dies. Then, when all the dust settles, the rescuers miracously appear.
Lurrr

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« Reply #113 on: 09-28-2003 18:23 »

 
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Originally posted by Pitt Clemens
Black guy = evil.

No, black guy= comic relief, or hip jive speaking baddass who listens to hip-hop (see also: Rush Hour  wink)
Asylum-Fry

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« Reply #114 on: 09-28-2003 20:18 »

Actually, it's Tall = Evil

I'm serious, it's even in the Disney movies! Gotta be one of the weirdest cliches ever!
Chump

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« Reply #115 on: 09-28-2003 21:00 »
« Last Edit on: 09-28-2003 21:00 »

I hate the frequency that action films end with a showdown in a warehouse, often in areas where no warehouse would ever be. And clearly, work doesn't go on in warehouses, and theres no guards or locks. And all the machines are left on all night. And there are always chains hanging from the ceiling and steam coming from nowhere.

Of course, sometimes the director gets creative and they do something crazy like make the warehouse extra steamy.

Another thing that bugged me about Star Trek and Star Wars and every other outer space movie is that the ships always come at each other the same way. They never come together on angles, or upside down, or anything like that. And the ships always right themselves after the turn to escape through something. Why? It's space! There is no up! Planets aren't in perfect lines!
Just Chris

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« Reply #116 on: 09-28-2003 22:58 »

Yeah, Captain Bender had the right idea when he turned the tanker ship to get out of the peace ring.

I guess if navigation in space becomes commonplace, people would prefer to travel on the plane of planetary orbits.
Zed 85

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« Reply #117 on: 09-29-2003 02:49 »

Personally I think if you didn't keep a "right way up" then the pilot would become increadibly disorientated - plus motherships and bases would keep to a level playing field - ergo fighters would have to be on level with them if they wanted to dock properly.
Prof_Funkstein

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« Reply #118 on: 09-29-2003 04:14 »

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

True, Grim... But as someone once said, in Hollywood everyone's in a race to be Second (originality is harder to come by).

"Parents, have you ever tried just turning off your TV, sitting down with your kids, and hitting them?"
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« Reply #119 on: 09-29-2003 14:41 »

has anoyone noticed a tendency for films considerd to be 'artistic' i.e the matrix the color
is always tinted green
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