1. The convenient news report and the disturbing phone call cliches.
Convenient news report: A character will turn on the TV, which will magically feature a news report concerning the very thing the character is involved in. And it will always start at the beginning of the specific news story -- never a commercial or anything before it.
Disturbing phone call: A group of people, anywhere from 3 to 100, will be involved in some sort of festivity. The phone will ring (and the shot will feature the phone in the foreground as the character approaches it), the person answers, a smile on their face, then their smile slowly fades into a horrified look as they are told of some calamity that has befallen them.
2. "Shaun of the Dead" does a great spoof of the convenient news report
while Shaun is flipping through TV channels before he realizes there's been a zombie outbreak:
(Channel 4 News) Krishnan Guru-Murthy: Though no one official is prepared to comment, religious groups are calling it Judgement Day. There's... (VH1, playing "Panic" by The Smiths) Morrissey: ...Panic on the streets of London... (ITV News) News Reporter: ...as an increasing number of reports of... (Football) Football Commentator: ...serious attacks on... (Channel Five News) News Reporter: ...people, who are literally being... (Nature documentary, leopards eating a gazelle) Documentary Narrator: ...eaten alive. (Sky News) Jeremy Thompson: Witnesses' reports at best are sketchy, but one unifying detail seems to be that the attackers in many instances appear to be... (T4) Vernon Kay: ...dead excited to have with us here a sensational chart topping...
7. Don't know if this is exactly a cliche, but it is *always*
this way: It can be high noon and no clouds in the sky but if the police break into a house or apartment at that very time, it's always completely dark inside the house or apartment. ALWAYS.
And in that same vein: Ever notice on the crime TV shows/movies that even if the place is empty and they know it that they *never* turn on the lights? Never. Ever. There they are, processing the crime scene, and they don't turn on the lights. Instead they run around with flashlights. Stupid people.
I've never understood why, but every time a character walks into a room he or she leaves the door open behind him. Sometimes you can later see the door closed, sometimes it stays open. Even in situations where the door should be closed (like a furtive love scene) the character never closes the door.
11. That's in Roger Ebert's Glossary of Movie Cliches as "Fruit Cart!"
An expletive used by knowledgeable film buffs during any chase scene involving a foreign or ethnic locale, reflecting their certainty that a fruit cart will be overturned during the chase, and an angry peddler will run into the middle of the street to shake his fist at the hero's departing vehicle. (Of all the definitions in the glossary, this has become the most popular. It has been gratifying to be part of an audience where people unknown to me have cried out "Fruit cart!" at appropriate moments. The movie SKI PATROL even contained a "Siskel and Ebert Fruit Cart.")
The final scene where man/woman FINALLY realizes that he/she is about to lose the love of their life (who usually about to depart on a plane forever :eyes: ) Then the race to stop him/her before it is too late. With the obligatory traffic scene, obstacles, etc. and yet he/she always makes it just in the nick of time and then the embrace and kiss and fade to black....
...the hero goes through a bruising fight and shows no pain afterwards, except in cliche-buster TV movie Crazy from the Heart, which showed two middle-aged men getting into into a donnybrook and then groaning and bent double when it was all over.
Another cliche: The huge explosion in the background as our heroes/heroines run towards the camera and then are knocked flying. No one ever has so much as a singed hair or bruised knee afterwards. :eyes:
36. loud sudden noises that are in there only to make the audience jump...
like when the heroes are nervously looking for the monster but they find the cat except the cat never just purrs hello it squeals at 130 decibels and runs off.
the worst variation i saw of this was in the motorcyle and gangs movie and all-round stinker Torque: the hero is having a contemplative moment IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESSERT when a motorcyle engine suddenly roars deafeningly right behind him, he spins round but luckily its just his girlfriend arriving. yeah, apparently she's wheeled her bike up right behind him and then gunned the engine purely with the intention of making him crap his leather trousers.
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