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    They also tend to crash fairly softly when they have major protagonists on board but explode on impact if you haven't seen any of the crew or passengers.

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      Also helicopters in films fly just like planes, if they’re chasing someone or something they’ll make fast passes and then come around in a big circle rather than, you know, hover like a helicopter does.

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        I watched (bits of) two of the newer Star Wars movies recently - Rogue One and some other re/pre-boot (they blur after a while).

        Anyway they both included the sci-fi staple of a space vehicle landing on flat, empty land, several hundred metres away from their destination. Then the cast got out and walked, for no reason except to build tension. Very poor parking.

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          I liked Rogue One - haven't seen any of the other "newer" ones, i.e. anything after first three.

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            Hypnosis is almost always successful and works very quickly.

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              Originally posted by tee rex View Post
              I watched (bits of) two of the newer Star Wars movies recently - Rogue One and some other re/pre-boot (they blur after a while).

              Anyway they both included the sci-fi staple of a space vehicle landing on flat, empty land, several hundred metres away from their destination. Then the cast got out and walked, for no reason except to build tension. Very poor parking.
              And they can't possibly use any of their high tech scanners when they've parked. They have to get out and look.

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                Originally posted by Sits View Post
                Hypnosis is almost always successful and works very quickly.
                For persuading people to watch the Star Wars sequels?

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                  We may have remarked on it before, but the tendency of space explorers to crack the seals on their helmets or their quarantine bubbles before being a hundred percent certain it's safe.

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                    Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
                    We may have remarked on it before, but the tendency of space explorers to crack the seals on their helmets or their quarantine bubbles before being a hundred percent certain it's safe.
                    Watching Alien Covenant were we?

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                      Originally posted by Ginger Yellow View Post
                      Watching Alien Covenant were we?
                      They did it in Prometheus as well.

                      I was so angry about Alien Covenant when I left the cinema. It was so, so terrible and I felt absolutely furious with what an awful, lazy, stupid film it was.

                      I thought Prometheus was terrible for several reasons, but Alien Covenant was just a new level of turgid idiocy.

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                        Villains’ cars are particularly susceptible to getting a broken rear light (or tail light to use the proper vernacular) and shall be pulled over by the police and will be carrying guns, drugs, a body or all three.

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                          The most common last words of a murder victim appear to be "oh, hello, what are you doing here?"...

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                            A cliche I've seen enough times is one of the heroes meeting their guiding mentor/ oldest friend/ wise boss and telling them all about the evil plot/ scheme/ villainous activity, only for the person they trusted to say "I wish you had never told me that" before revealing they are in on the plot / scam / treachery.

                            This then can go in four ways
                            1) if the hero character is a minor supporting hero they get killed
                            2) if the hero character is the love interest of the main character they get captured for the hero to rescue
                            3) if it's the hero proper, they escape and their mentor becomes the next big bad of the movie
                            4) or the hero proper is forces to kill their mentor - with the optional minor twist that they may shed a tear afterwards

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                              Originally posted by Gangster Octopus View Post
                              The most common last words of a murder victim appear to be "oh, hello, what are you doing here?"...
                              Or on less well scripted dramas: “You!”

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                                Originally posted by Sits View Post

                                Or on less well scripted dramas: “You!”
                                The "oh hello..." usually means the victim didn't know the murderer was a baddie, and usually results in a quick death.

                                The "You!" usually means the prospective victim knows there is something afoot, and often produces the next trope of the murderer delaying the hit while they set out some explanation, and once we've got that far, more likely than not we're going to see the next trope of someone thwarting the murder (preferably someone assumed to have been killed in a previous scene).

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                                  The alternative with both “oh hello” and “you!” are that those lines are the end of the scene, and we don’t see the visitor. The next scene will be the body.

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                                    After an arrest, the suspect always needs an officer to push their head down so as not to bang it getting into the car.

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                                      Originally posted by Sits View Post
                                      After an arrest, the suspect always needs an officer to push their head down so as not to bang it getting into the car.
                                      Police vans barely feature in TV or movies yet I suspect people are more likely to be chucked in one of them.

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                                        Vera Alert: Vera and sidekick prepare to eat fish and chips (and peas) in the Land Rover... emergency! None eaten.

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                                          There are some very effective hypnotists around, who have a stellar success rate in helping people remember details of crimes.

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                                            Originally posted by Sits View Post
                                            Vera Alert: Vera and sidekick prepare to eat fish and chips (and peas) in the Land Rover... emergency! None eaten.
                                            I thought it was set in Northumberland?

                                            Arf arf, etc.

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                                              Oh God.

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                                                This is a tired old cliche from movies and cartoons that never really happens: escaping from a high window by tying bed sheets together.

                                                And then it happened:

                                                https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/hea...t-of-bedsheets

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                                                  I hope he did it like Kevin Costner in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves interrupting Marian and the Sheriff's wedding – i.e. leaping out of one window on the rope of sheets and crashing in spectacularly through the window below.

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                                                    Just watched Terminator. Holds up better than many of us at the age of 36.

                                                    Anyway, right at the end (Sarah Connor at the gas station) there is a non-ironic use of tumbleweed. Big bugger, blows across the screen, because "there's a storm coming". Got me wondering when the first piss-take use of tumbleweed was, and conversely, if it's still highlighted to add atmosphere to a scene, or would that get cut when the focus groups start sniggering?

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