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Old 06-18-2015, 03:04 PM
 
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Either movies in general or a specific genre.

With me, it is PROLONGED action/violent sequences. It really irritates me when a fight or a chase (either by vehicle or on foot) lasts more than five minutes, at most. I mean, in 99% of movies in which a very long chase ensues, you KNOW what is going to happen, so why do some directors take so long in getting to the point? Ditto for those scenes in which the star is up against an "unknown" actor in a fight-to-the-death scene -- we know who is going to win, so why prolong the finish? To me, that just equals BORING.

Okay, that is my gripe. What is yours?
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Old 06-18-2015, 03:32 PM
 
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I agree with the above; prolonged fight scenes or chase scenes are just boring, but I thought that was something guys like, and us girls just don't "get."

What annoys me the most about movies in general, especially more recent movies in the last 10-15 years, is that LOUD background music/score that makes it hard to hear the dialogue. In movie theaters, I actually need earplugs because it's too loud. If the theater seat is vibrating from the sound, that's too loud. But even at home, I often have to replay scenes because the music drowned out what someone said. The people are talking softly or whispering, but the damn music score is filling my living room like it's a freaking concert hall.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Shakey cam, twirling intimate shots, great makeup in disasters, physics that don't make sense, dangling plot points, obligatory chase scenes, and a few dozen other things.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:35 PM
 
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Gratuitous crudeness masquerading as humor.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Not knowing if a film will play here. It's like a state secret on which theaters will get the limited release, because they are playing it by ear. Keeps you on your toes though, and the payoff can be great.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:15 AM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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Shakey-cam. I am not prone to motion sickness on motion simulators and most thrill rides (other than Gravatron) but the original The Amazing Spider-Man teaser from Spidey's POV made me sick.
Indie releases. I got to go to Glendale if I want to see independent movies in theaters, that's a bit of a hike for me.
Building the story around the wrong character. I noticed this with Boyhood, the boy who was the main character didn't really have the best storylines. Instead it was his mother or sister that were more relate-able and I am a male.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Shakey-cam.
Yes! I hate that too. A silly, stupid fad whose time has come to die.

The thing that bugs me most in movies is simple lack of research. If you're going to take the time to add something as a plot element in your movie, at least take the time to read the freakin' Wikipedia page on it so you don't look stupid. Just a few I have noticed over the years:

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS. Flicking your Bic under one sprinkler head does NOT cause the entire building's sprinkler head to go off. It makes that one sprinkler head open, and that's it.

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Does not mean what every movie and TV show seems to think it means.

GUNS MAKE NOISE. Shoot a gun inside a room. See if you can hear anything for the next 20 minutes. You can't.

FIRE MAKES SMOKE. Any movie where a character is in a burning room or building apparently has magic fire that creates no smoke.

"MAVERICK" DOCTOR (OR COP) WHO NEVER GETS FIRED. Watch any episode of HOUSE, where the main character behaves in a way that would get him immediately fired at any hospital in the country.

LOVERS WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND SHARE A PASSIONATE KISS. Ick. Go brush your teeth.

THE MAGIC KNOCKOUT PUNCH. Konk someone on the head in a movie, and out they go. No. Konk someone on the head hard enough, and you have likely killed them. Don't conk them hard enough, and they are likely to turn around and konk you back.

SMALL KNIFE = IMMEDIATE DEATH. It is actually really, really, REALLY hard to kill a human being instantly. But people get a knife to the back or gut and immediately die on TV or in movies. Only extreme trauma to the brain and heart is going to cause immediate death. Everything else is going to take a while. But we like our violence sanitized and neatly wrapped in the movies.

THE MAGIC CRIME SOLVING COMPUTER. Present on almost every cop show. Our plucky detectives enter some evidence and the magic computer immediately spits out a list of suspects. DNA results are instantaneous. Facial reconstruction takes hours, not weeks. This is a big reason why most cop shows these days are actually science fiction. Talk to a real CSI detective about CSI on TV some time. He or she will tell you it has about as much to do with real criminal investigations as Gilligan's Island had to do with real life in the Navy.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"SPRINKLER SYSTEMS. Flicking your Bic under one sprinkler head does NOT cause the entire building's sprinkler head to go off. It makes that one sprinkler head open, and that's it."

Not always. A "deluge" system will cause all heads to activate. (Although it isn't the head that is the sensor)
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:01 AM
 
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Gratuitous crudeness masquerading as humor.
This.

I'm not a prude by any stretch. However, the latest movies that RELY on crudeness alone for humor just seem lazy to me.

Most of these Seth Rogen/James Franco movies are guilty of this.

If crudeness is part of the humor, that's one thing. Mel Brooks is good at that. But when it is is your only source of humor, I feel insulted. We are not all 14-year olds..
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Old 06-19-2015, 04:28 PM
 
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SMALL KNIFE = IMMEDIATE DEATH. It is actually really, really, REALLY hard to kill a human being instantly. But people get a knife to the back or gut and immediately die on TV or in movies. Only extreme trauma to the brain and heart is going to cause immediate death. Everything else is going to take a while. But we like our violence sanitized and neatly wrapped in the movies.
Yes, this one is mystifying. Piercing the gut does not cause instant death. Even disembowelment with a samurai sword does not cause instant death. Death will come very soon, but things have to shut down first.

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THE MAGIC CRIME SOLVING COMPUTER. Present on almost every cop show. Our plucky detectives enter some evidence and the magic computer immediately spits out a list of suspects. DNA results are instantaneous. Facial reconstruction takes hours, not weeks. This is a big reason why most cop shows these days are actually science fiction. Talk to a real CSI detective about CSI on TV some time. He or she will tell you it has about as much to do with real criminal investigations as Gilligan's Island had to do with real life in the Navy.
Worst offender: the clan of NCIS shows. It's hysterical how quickly they can catch or eliminate their target. The only time they don't is when the producers intend to keep an antagonist around for future episodes.

The Shield is one of my favorite shows. The cases were messy, the perps didn't jog in place so they could be easily captured, and the lead cop, Vic Mackey (portrayed by Michael Chiklis, in a role that earned him an Emmy), took a gunshot to the midsection and he certainly wasn't dead fifteen seconds later.
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