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  • glaeken 18 Dec 2012 13:10:19 11,228 posts
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    @Salaman Good information. I will adjust my scepticism when I see the next action scene featuring the Belgium police :D
  • kalel 18 Dec 2012 13:11:31 88,519 posts
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    This is the kind of situation where spoilers don't help, as you won't know what is being spoiled until you read the spoiler, and then it's too late.

    Suffice to say there are lots of films where the hero dies at the end. Pretty much every epic move made for starters.
  • RobTheBuilder 18 Dec 2012 13:11:46 6,521 posts
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    @glaeken In Bruges - tick
  • LeoliansBro 18 Dec 2012 13:14:16 44,570 posts
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    Yeah, 'films where the hero dies at the end' is not a thread anyone would want to read, for fear of obvious spoilers.

    Kinda like 'Awesome whodunnit denouements you have seen, post details here!' threads.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Mr_Sleep 18 Dec 2012 13:17:04 17,221 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Button pressers. Mysterious space ship? Dungeon full of misery? If you see a button, get it pressed.
    To be fair, games have taught me this too. God of War is a perfect example. See a lever, pull it, go to next QTE. GoW is like film life.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • Max_Powers 18 Dec 2012 13:21:33 1,100 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Max_Powers wrote:
    I usually tend to watch only 2/3rds of movies nowadays and stop watching after that
    Seriously?
    Yup. I even had to force myself to watch the final bit of The Dark Knight Returns for instance. Story established, characters established, story arc has reached peak hight and conclusion is amply foreshadowed. Then all there is left is some fighting, bomb disarming and the "he's dead oh no he isn't" finale and that doesn't interest me so much.
  • Rusty_M 18 Dec 2012 13:24:35 4,788 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    When a car pulls away from a standstill, the tyres will squeal. Even on a fucking dirt road. ><img src=" />
    All tyres screech when stopping too. Even pulling into your driveway.

    Punching someone sounds like a clap rather than a "thkkk"

    The world is going mad. Me? I'm doing fine.

  • Max_Powers 18 Dec 2012 13:24:59 1,100 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    You could apply that to other parts of life too. You know what your dinner tastes like after 2/3s, sex always ends in the same way. Next!
    Sex is all about the finale for me :)
  • Mr_Sleep 18 Dec 2012 13:33:03 17,221 posts
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    Rusty_M wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    When a car pulls away from a standstill, the tyres will squeal. Even on a fucking dirt road. ><img src=" />
    All tyres screech when stopping too. Even pulling into your driveway.

    Punching someone sounds like a clap rather than a "thkkk"
    The problem is with the Hollywood way of making sound for film. They love a ridiculous hyper-real sound palette, it's what the audience expect so they do it. The trouble is that it's so ingrained in how they make films in America that it tends to bleed into things that it shouldn't.

    If you have a European film they tend more towards realistic sounds, the irony of this is that you don't really notice them. Some of the best sound design is incredibly subtle, hence why it is missed my most award giving organisations.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • Mr_Sleep 18 Dec 2012 13:33:23 17,221 posts
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    Max_Powers wrote:
    elstoof wrote:
    You could apply that to other parts of life too. You know what your dinner tastes like after 2/3s, sex always ends in the same way. Next!
    Sex is all about the finale for me :)
    Prison?

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • MoGamer2006 18 Dec 2012 13:47:03 975 posts
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    @Max_Powers

    Surely a good film is as much about the journey as the destination, i.e. the acting, the direction, the atmosphere?
  • Whizzo 18 Dec 2012 13:53:16 43,228 posts
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    Reading this thread just makes me want to go to TVTropes.org and hit the random button, unfortunately I'm at work and I waste far too much time on the site already.

    This space left intentionally blank.

  • Zomoniac 18 Dec 2012 13:55:33 7,867 posts
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    PazJohnMitch wrote:
    The hero survives

    There are very few cases where the hero dies at the end of the film. Off the top of my head I can only think of one:
    Alien 3
    The Wicker Man? Gladiator? Sixth Sense? Moulin Rouge? Downfall (shush)? Titanic? Trying to remember if he technically died or not in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, but if not he may as well have done.
  • localnotail 18 Dec 2012 13:56:09 23,093 posts
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    Does this mean Max_Powers doesn't know that Bruce Willis turns out to be an alien in Sixth Sense?

    There are loads of films where the hero dies. Less where the hero doesn't get the girl, even if that outcome is stomach churning (Under Siege)

    Edited by localnotail at 14:00:03 18-12-2012

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • whatfruit 18 Dec 2012 14:17:57 1,623 posts
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    C'mon, four pages and no one has mentioned the terrible cliche of a rich affluent white person helping the socially disadvantaged minority so that they can both triumph over social prejeduces and adversity.

    The worst offender of this has to be The Blind Side

    "You have really done alot to change that young man's life"

    "No, he's changed me"

    bobomb wrote:
    so it's not really on her terms, it's on his terms, because she isn't real.

  • MoGamer2006 18 Dec 2012 15:05:34 975 posts
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    @whatfruit

    The flipside of that is the wise (and typically old) yet humble black person who teaches the white hero some valuable life lessons via semi-cryptic analogies and metaphors.

    I always hate that - mainly because I always end up thinking "If they're so effing wise, why are they chauffering or caddying (or whatever other menial job they have?)"
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    NO ONE EVER DOES A POO
  • GuiltySpark 18 Dec 2012 15:57:32 6,439 posts
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    The 'ironic' use of the Wilhelm scream. Probably been mentioned.

    Get bent.

  • roz123 18 Dec 2012 16:02:24 7,113 posts
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    meme wrote:
    NO ONE EVER DOES A POO
    except security guards
  • Rusty_M 18 Dec 2012 16:03:01 4,788 posts
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    GuiltySpark wrote:
    The 'ironic' use of the Wilhelm scream. Probably been mentioned.
    Even Cool Runnings has one.

    The world is going mad. Me? I'm doing fine.

  • Spong 18 Dec 2012 16:05:16 525 posts
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    GuiltySpark wrote:
    The 'ironic' use of the Wilhelm scream. Probably been mentioned.


    Makes me laugh if I ever hear it nowadays.

    Edited by Spong at 16:05:50 18-12-2012
  • Shikasama 18 Dec 2012 16:06:37 7,010 posts
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    whatfruit wrote:
    C'mon, four pages and no one has mentioned the terrible cliche of a rich affluent white person helping the socially disadvantaged minority so that they can both triumph over social prejeduces and adversity.

    The worst offender of this has to be The Blind Side

    "You have really done alot to change that young man's life"

    "No, he's changed me"
    Problem their is that the story is true. The rich white woman helped the socially disadvantaged minority to overcome adversity by using her superpower of being a rich white woman.
  • Deleted user 18 December 2012 16:14:07
    Rusty_M wrote:
    billythekid wrote:
    When a car pulls away from a standstill, the tyres will squeal. Even on a fucking dirt road. ><img src=" />
    All tyres screech when stopping too. Even pulling into your driveway.

    Punching someone sounds like a clap rather than a "thkkk"
    This is primarily due to expectations. People actually expect unrealistic things in movies, hence why computers still make PC-speaker beeps every three seconds, and videogames still sound like Pac-Man and why things explode and make noises in space. Also why in kung-fu movies everyone's arms make whippping sounds and why, even in relatively quiet dramas you can usually even hear lights switching on with a distinct recognisable noise.

    There's a whole psychological theory behind it. Weird stuff.
  • GuiltySpark 18 Dec 2012 16:15:32 6,439 posts
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    Love interests. They need to fuck off. Nothing says executive rewrite like the shoehorning in of a fucking love interest.

    And the less we say about romcoms the better, to be honest. Genre in itself is meant to make us feel safe by being predictable. This is why when casual film goers see something completely different, they don't 'get' it - and you don't get anymore casual than the romcom audience.

    FUCKING ROMCOMS

    Edited by GuiltySpark at 16:16:12 18-12-2012

    Get bent.

  • Mr_Sleep 18 Dec 2012 16:35:41 17,221 posts
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    meme wrote:
    There's a whole psychological theory behind it. Weird stuff.
    Boom!

    Edited by Mr_Sleep at 16:36:05 18-12-2012

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • kalel 18 Dec 2012 16:40:57 88,519 posts
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    The actual sound a punch makes in real life is disgusting. It's like a wet crunch. It's just horrible.
  • kalel 18 Dec 2012 16:41:26 88,519 posts
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    On a similar note, I'm glad we get spared the actual noise of sex in films as well.
  • mrpon 18 Dec 2012 16:43:10 29,246 posts
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    meme wrote:
    NO ONE EVER DOES A POO
    Pulp Fiction

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • nickthegun 18 Dec 2012 16:45:56 60,618 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    On a similar note, I'm glad we get spared the actual noise of sex in films as well.
    On the flip side, because they cant be shown shagging, over eager plunger kissing, complete with schluuuping noises does not sound great in 5.1.

    Thats one of my bugbears, tbh. Especially when its someone quite gross doing it.

    This also applies to TV, usually soaps.

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    He's not a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, he's a thriller

  • macmurphy 18 Dec 2012 16:54:19 999 posts
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    @glaeken. Cheers for the linky. Also once the calibre is big enough (as it often is in films) bullets laugh in the face of walls too.

    If you want to hide behind a car get behind the engine block, otherwise you might as well be sat in the open. Either that or a bunch of Belgian rozzers, either is good.
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