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Initial post: Mar 6, 2010 11:44:27 AM PST
RichieV says:
I will start with:

1: The cat that jumps out in a horror movie and scares the audience.

2: The bomb with a timer that counts down.

3: The monster that isn't dead after they kill it but pops back up one more time. (Come on; just like in Zombieland, don't worry about wasting the bullets, if it is down, shoot it again)

4: The Police Captain that yells at the Hero cop (Usuallly after he just saved the day.)

5: Nerd in glasses. (Or high water pants)

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 12:02:40 PM PST
Darwin says:
The semi nude girl (or 2 or 3) in every teen horror film that always dies.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 12:11:29 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2010 12:26:40 PM PST
RichieV says:
Jeffrey M. Jordan says:
a microphone must always have feedback

Richiev says: good one

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 12:42:45 PM PST
Kirk Tuttle says:
1. Every time someone has sex in a scary movie, they die.

2. Every time a car is hit by a bullet or goes over a cliff it explodes.

3. The good guy almost always wins. Would like to see the Villian win for a change.

4. The good guy can get kicked around forever and still get up.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 12:48:13 PM PST
RichieV says:
When a girl/woman drops something in a movie; it just so happens that the Male lead is right there to help her pick it up. (And then they star into each other's eyes for a brief second before standing back up)

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 12:58:38 PM PST
Darwin says:
The good guys can defuse the bomb with a nanosecond to spare.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 1:03:44 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2010 2:07:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2010 2:07:31 PM PST
*3. The good guy almost always wins. Would like to see the Villian win for a change.*

"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown..."

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 5:34:13 PM PST
A nerd or unattractive person gets a makeover and SURPRISE! They're really hot! Or Anne Hathaway.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 8:05:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2010 8:50:16 PM PST
MTK says:
How about the insanely hot girl in the romantic lead who, durnit...just can't find a date! (HA)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2010 8:09:59 PM PST
RichieV says:
I agree, where are all these really hot lonely girls.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2010 8:34:50 PM PST
Kirk Tuttle says:
Try becoming a nurse. In a profession that is still about 90% female you tend to meet several.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 9:01:12 PM PST
papafrank says:
The fact that the guys with Automatics or other "machine" guns can't hit anything but the hero with the small caliber handgun can tak someone or something out with one bullet

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 9:03:21 PM PST
papafrank says:
I know -automatic weapons are machine guns

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 9:56:22 PM PST
Thrillho says:
Every singel bag of groceries has a loaf of french bread sticking out of it.

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 10:48:18 PM PST
RichieV says:
If there is a compressed long shot of a woman walking toward the camera. Something always happens to her shoe. (Or she trips)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2010 12:27:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2010 12:28:30 AM PST
Ahmad says:
The good guy's pistol never run out of bullets :-).....well, most of the time

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 2:57:46 AM PST
How bout James Bond saying something clever right before he does in the henchman. The punchline comes after the goon is dead...Sean Connery was the best at that!

Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 11:59:26 AM PST
Two characters wrestle over a gun and then it goes off and they look at each other with that "who got shot?" look until one of them drops.

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 12:58:27 PM PST
Mrs. Garside says:
Pretty comprehensive list. I'll add a few:

Brothers who quarreled as kids end up working for opposing sides as adults.
Petty criminal falls into a vat of acid/gets blown up, presumed dead, then shows up as hideously deformed Criminal Mastermind.
Chase scenes: One batch of Bad Guys gets blown up, and another car load (or whatever) comes flying in out of nowhere. I guess the Criminal Mastermind expected the first bunch to blow it.
Girl has nice-but-nerdy fiance, meets the Hero; they take an instant dislike to each other; by the end of the movie, Nerd had been dumped, because the guy she hates turns out to be her true love. I give it six months.
A variation on this is recently or soon-to-be-divorced couples; the wife has a new fellow, who of, course, is discarded in the end because she realizes she 'belongs' with her ex.

This list may end up exceeding 101.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2010 1:00:40 PM PST
If two people did wrestle over a gun and it went off, what would you expect them to do? Seriously, I can't imagine it going all that much differently than that :)

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 1:05:49 PM PST
Darwin says:
The car chase on the wrong side of the road.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2010 2:51:53 PM PST
Gryphon X says:
""Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown...""

That was Polanski's ending, and Robert Towne (the screenwriter) seems to be burnt over it to this day - but it is really the superior ending by miles. What else has Towne contributed besides forgettable junk like an unnecessary remake of 'Out of the Past.' Who is Towne to second guess Polanski?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2010 2:53:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2010 2:55:47 PM PST
Gryphon X says:
"If two people did wrestle over a gun and it went off, what would you expect them to do? Seriously, I can't imagine it going all that much differently than that :)"

Maybe nobody got hit - or a bystander (bonus points for shooting a totally innocent pregnant woman in the gut in your movie).
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