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what cinematic cliches would you eliminate?


Last week we had some fun eliminating certain sequels from cinematic history. Let’s continue slashing away at Hollywood:

What cinematic cliches would you eliminate?

Amnesia as a plot point? The slo-mo walk away from an explosion? A bag of groceries with a baguette sticking out of it? Villains who monologue their evil plans? Ticking countdowns?

(If you need some inspiration, check out The Movie Cliches List.)

Mine: any noise in a vacuum. I know the reasoning is that battles require explosions to be exciting, even in space, but not only is there a certain drama in total silence in the face of massive destruction, but it’s simply not realistic, and it’s going to seem increasingly ridiculous as more people get experience in a vacuum. There’s only a few people now who can say that, but a hundred years from now, noisy space explosions are going to look as absurd as, say, throwing a ball and having it fall up would look.

Your turn…

(If you have a suggestion for a Question, feel free to email me.)

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