Okay, I just wanted to get out a few of my movie pet peeves that really ruin a particular scene or whatever. Hopefully I can come up with two, but I’m mainly focusing on things that really make you think, “Oh please…”
I just finished watching Ghostbusters. This was a time when smoking cigarettes in movies was still okay. It was even a FAMILY film! But I digress. Dan Aykroyd smokes a cigarette on several occasions and I can’t help but notice he’s not a real smoker! He doesn’t take a drag. It just seems like someone trying to smoke a cigarette to look cool. He looks like a teenager trying his first cigarette! I HATE it when actors do it! Either learn how to smoke a cigarette (probably not advisable) or don’t do it at all!
Which reminds me in operation Swordfish. It was a one-off scene, granted, but there’s a point where Hally Berry shows up to Hugh Jackman’s trailer and finds him shooting golf balls off his roof. In a macho, sort-of-way, we are supposed to see how cool she is when she knocks it way up in the air: a perfect shot. Now, I’m no golf expert, but I’ve seen enough to know her swing was god-awful. It just makes me think…Oh, please!
Next thing: Beeping COMPUTERS! Can you imagine how annoying it would be if your computer made a sound everytime you downloaded something? Or pushed a button? Microsoft seems to think that was cool, when they put that stupid click in IE 6, but oh god, is it awful. Secondly, knowing a good bit about computers is a bad thing too. What about in EVERY single movie.
“All we have is this security camera footage.”
“Okay, well let’s blow it up to get the number on the license plate”
Then you see some square appear on the area which is to be the boundary of the blown up image…It shows up, as blurry as it should be.
“Enhancing the image”
Then you get a high-rez image that couldn’t be taken from the original image! That data simply isn’t there!
What about Office Space? Their computer scenes when he uploads the virus seem okay. But when he tries to turn it off, it shows a DOS prompt! It’s obviously a Mac from the screens!
Finally, bad X accents. It is usually most noticable when it is your regional accent. Why the hell can’t people get a good Southern accent? They go to some dialect coach in Hollywood who teaches them the South Carolina antebellum plantation accent.
Jeffrey Wigand’s attorney in the Insider (the guy who played that motorcycle guy in Animal House) has a bit of a problem with that. I feel that the only good ones are the exception.
The good ones I can see? Well, I’ve heard from most brits that Brad Pitt in Snatch did a good one. But Brad Pitt is a good actor, so it’s not surprising.
Mathew McConaughey in a time to kill did an okay job. Although I couldn’t understand why everyone was sweating in that film. It’s hot in MS, but we have AC. Finally all three of the protagonists in Oh Brother Where Art thou did a great job. Clooney’s character was from Kentucky, so I’ll take his word that it was well researched. But the other two from Mississippi were good, especially John Tuturo.
If I can think of more, please tell me. But I think actors need to spend a bit more time with these things that yank you right out of the film.
Ooh, and this doesn’t fit with the rest of it, but I always HATE it when they say, “We’ve got 30 seconds before the base blows up!” And it take much longer. I can see this as a good thing to parody in a film. “We’ve got ten seconds to do x,y,z and get out!” Then you see them doing it and it takes about 45 seconds or so. After they cheer narrowly escaping the blast, one of the character looks at his watch saying, “Boy, that really seemed like a lot longer than ten seconds, didn’t it?” Then another character gives off some crap explanation, leaving the first one sitting in silence with a confused look on his face…I could see this in futurama, without a doubt.