the “ugly” girl who takes off her glasses and is suddenly hot (actually one of my most hated, but i sort of love-hate it)
british thespians playing nazis (or any type of villain really)
when the bad guy gives a speech about his evil plan instead of killing the hero outright
romcom retail therapy montages set to pop music (ZOOLANDER has the definitive parody of this cliche as far as i’m concerned)
TURN IN YOUR BADGE AND GUN
HE HAD ONE LAST DAY UNTIL RETIREMENT!
"i’m getting too old for this shit"
the beautiful, skinny, ditzy, frazzled romcom woman who’s constantly eating junk food (because she has flaws!!!) but still looks like a fucking supermodel with clear skin bathed in the blood of virgins
people jumping through/shattering glass and never cutting or injuring themselves (vs. for ex. from the end of THE GIFTERS when john cusack breaks a drinking glass and…)
people shooting GIANT caliber guns with no recoil whatsoever lol
everyone can fly a helicopter no problem
diffusing a bomb with one second to go (a classic)
teenagers who constantly have time to party and worry about ~teenage angst~ like…don’t these kids have homework? all i remember about being a teenager was homework and sleeping. a real movie about teenagers would be 90% sleeping.
(pg-13 movies) women always cover their breasts in bed and/or people always fuck under sheets
the romcom ‘baguette in the grocery bag’ (another classic i love)
there are so many more, but i think this is enough for now. please share your own!
Thoughts on last week's & tonight's episodes of Boardwalk Empire
I was out and about last Sunday, so today’s recap will be both last week’s episode and tonight’s episode. Double your Boardwalk, double your fun heart-wrenching drama!
Previouslies: A bunch of stuff happened in Havana and Chicago. People who are still dead: Jimmy, Rothstein, Dean O’Banion, Richard Harrow (tear), Gyp Rosetti & his penis, Eddie, Billie Kent, The Commodore (unfortunately still alive in flashbacks), Nucky & Eli’s sister (unfortunately still dead in flashbacks), Owen Slater & his accent. People who are inexplicably alive: Mickey Doyle & his laugh, Eli’s hot son, Eli (barely). People who are gleefully alive and loving it: Al Capone. People who are in the nuthouse: Gillian. People who are literally Paul Muni in I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang: Chalky. People who are technically still alive but might as well be dead because we never fucking see them: Margaret (remember when she was a main character? yeah).
Three is a measly percent, but the women who are that percent are ones to watch out for. The following are eight talented cinematographers you’ve probably never heard of, but remember these ladies and keep an eye out for their work.
“Why do people go to the cinema? What takes them into a darkened room where, for two hours, they watch the play of shadows on a sheet? The search for entertainment? The need for a kind of drug? All over the world there are, indeed, entertainment firms and organisations which exploit cinema and television and spectacles of many other kinds. Our starting-point, however, should not be there, but in the essential principles of cinema, which have to do with the human need to master and know the world. I think that what a person normally goes to the cinema for is time: for time lost or spent or not yet had. He goes there for living experience; for cinema, like no other art, widens, enhances and concentrates a person’s experience—and not only enhances it but makes it longer, significantly longer. That is the power of cinema: ‘stars’, story-lines and entertainment have nothing to do with it.”—Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting In Time (1987)
there are so many new shows to watch, and everyone has their favorite, but really, really, really if you want the best, you have to watch THE KNICK.
nothing else even comes close. best photography & direction on tv right now, hands down. writing & acting ain’t too shabby either. production design = mind-blowingly good. as in, you can’t even fucking believe this shit is actually shot in nyc crica 2014 instead of nyc circa 1900. just, unreal.