Pseudodrama in “reality” shows. I’m not even talking about the obvious stuff like those New Jersey people, I’m talking about things like home improvement shows where, just before the commercial break, it will be discovered that the breaker box is out of room for expansion … du-dum duhm.
And after the commercial, the electrician says, “So, we’ll need to replace it.”
Did you watch The Sopranos? Those were the best I’ve ever seen.
I’ll second the shaky cam - I really hate that shit (unless used VERY judiciously). It occurs to me that reality is not shaky like that - it might be, but your brain filters it and makes it look stable, and that’s what I want my movies to look like.
Characters saying dialogue that is completely unrealistic/cliched/trite. I understand that movie dialogue is not exactly like we talk in real life, but ham-handed dialogue really takes me out of a movie.
A 25 year old, 5’2", 90 lb. actress who looks like she can barely pick up a Cosmopolitan in her shaking hands to raise to her artificially inflated lips plays a kickass martial arts expert/killing machine/nuclear physicist/world-famous scientist, or________(fill in whatever ludicrous profession you are supposed to believe). I suppose it could be possible IRL, but such a creature just looks made to totter about on 6" heels on Rodeo Drive before doing a Starbucks run.
Background music planted as if to say “in case you can’t tell by the acting or dialogue, this person is sad and wistful.” Top Gun played “Take My Breath Away” so much that I couldn’t figure out what it was supposed to mean anymore. Like, Tom Cruise is brushing his teeth–let’s play Berlin.
Also, the tormented man who contemplates his inner struggle while staring in the steamed-up bathroom mirror.
I can understand this as a jokey little observation, but is it really a pet peeve? I mean, would you REALLY want to watch a film or tv show where the characters spent half the show driving around looking for a space, and then walking to where ever he/she had to go?
I hate when a movie shows the bad guy, who has looked human (or a well-done creature) all along, suddenly changes into a some ludicrously oversized, usually very fake-looking creature for the final showdown. These look like total crap, even in modern CGI movies, and aren’t convincing at all.
I don’t mind CGI effects that would be difficult, expensive, or outright impossible to do with traditional effects, but CGI for things that aren’t difficult or complex just piss me off. I’m talking blood, mussel flashes, background objects things like that. I know the traditional effects may be more difficult or expensive, but if you’re going to put the effort in to make an actual film they look infinitely better, and opting to do it on the computer is not only distracting, but it reeks of laziness.
Horror/suspense movies where the heroine hits the villain during a chase scene and knocks him out. Then she keeps running away and the bad guy comes after her again. If the bad guy that’s been chasing you is unconscious, that is the time to finish him off, not run away again.
When you only hear one side of a telephone conversation and that person has to parrot back everything from the other end of the conversation just so you know what’s going on.
“Sure. I can be home by 6:00. OK. I’ll make sure I pick up Timmy at soccer practice on the way. Yes, I know we have to be at the restaurant by 7:00. The Johnsons are meeting us at the restaurant, I know. OK. I love you too. Bye.”
I didn’t say I wouldn’t watch it, I’m just peeved that they don’t have any bearing on reality. If, say, once in a while somebody is 10 minutes late for an important meeting because they couldn’t find a parking space, that’d be fine; instead, whenever you see them arrive where they need to go, they find a parking space right out front.
Also, when an actor/actress OBVIOUSLY has a cold or a stuffed-up nose, and nobody says anything about it because it’s not in the script? Takes me completely outside the story.
When somebody’s being chased by the bad guy, and they’re running like their lives depend on it (well, they do…) and the bad guy’s just sort of moseying along? I hate when the bad guy catches up to them. Seriously, if I was chasing a teenager in a horror movie? I’d have some running to do.
contol-z mentioned one of mine: -Trailers that essentially show you the plot of the entire movie. I often see a trailer and think to myself “Well I’ve seen the movie now, I just saved $11.”
My other movie pet peeve is that all movies just seem to be too long. Just self-indulgently too long. Batman films - too long. Pirates - too long. King Kong - too long. even the last few rom-coms I saw at the theatre with my daughter, we wound up thinking - too long.