Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cliché Scene #2

Washing your face!
Midnight Express (1978)

Whenever someone in a movie is upset or nervous, he or she goes to the bathroom, looks in the mirror and does the obvious movie thing: Washes his or her face with water.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Random Cliché #3 Tape recorder

Tape recorders
Intolerable Cruelty (2003) George Clooney, divorce attorney
Often, especially when someone's investigating something or someone, he or she will record his or her thoughts on a tape-recorder. I'm not saying this is stupid, but who does that?

The Sessions (2012) Helen Hunt, professional sex surrogate
If someone use this method or know someone who does, please inform me! Also, tell me what you do with the material.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Cliché Character #5

The Overprotective Dad

Liam Neeson in Taken (2008)
Fathers often seem to have a special relationship to their daughters, almost to the point of being a little perverse at times.
This kind of father is so protective that even if his daughter were over 18 years old, he'd still get really suspicious when she had a new boyfriend.
Now, how about their sons? They'll survive, let 'em be boys.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Random Cliché #2 Screaming Women

In old movies, women often have the most unnatural exaggerated scream, like in this movie for example: The Black Cat (1934)

Here's an example, at 4:28 into the video:

I'm really glad that this is not used in movies today. Except maybe in some really bad horror movies.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Cliché Character #4 The not-so-skilled Hero

Good guy vs. Bad guy. The villian is much stronger and more skilled than the hero, but somehow the hero wins anyway.

Usually there is a scene near the end of the movie, where these two fight and the villian is superior throughout the fight, but through some good luck and coincidents the hero suddenly defeats the villian. Why not let the hero kill the bad guy in one blow for once?

Batman vs. Random Villian (Although Batman is quite easy to beat in a one-on-one fight he always wins.)
Terminator T-101 vs. T-1000

Friday, March 1, 2013

Cliché Character #3 - The Avenger

The Punisher (2004)
A skilled person whose family (wife/kids or both) got killed by bad guys, plans and prepares his revenge for months. His plan is the one thing that keeps him going and he's not interested in anything else. Usually he has been transformed to a emotionless killing machine. Of course, he almost always gets his vengeance.