livelove wrote:What's to dislike about 53?
Hmmm...now that you say it...I even had a couple more, but took them out, because I realized they were clichés, but not annoying ones. On slipped through, it seems.
livelove wrote:As for the others: Do you have examples ?
52 I've seen often. The only one that comes to mind right now, and where I found it striking, is Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. To me the only non-bland thing in that movie was the history between Johnny Depp's character and the witch. With her basically being the most interesting character by being entertainingly cartoonish and driving most of the plot due to being selfish, ruthless and in love. So her death was a big cathartic moment to me and much more interesting than whatever happened afterwards with generic romance plot. But it's a thing I see often in movies, where subplots turn out to be more interesting or minor characters have better chemistry.
55: Pretty much every modern horror movie. I found this to be particularly silly in The Conjuring. Demons that are supposedly trying to get people out of the house do nothing but slam doors every once in a while or startle people. Or turn up, grab someone's hair and than vanish for the rest of the day. I get that that's annoying and uncomfortable but if I wanted someone to leave and I was malicious, I would drive people insane or instill the fear of death in them. Which is actually what most people talk about, who claim to have been haunted by some evil spirit. Like, make them too scared to continue living there, not just harass them. This way it's just not very threatening.
62 I saw last in that billboard movie by Martin McDonagh. He goes for this hard hyper-sarcasm most of the time, but then suddenly starts being sincere about things he made me laugh at earlier. Thinking especially of Sam Rockwell beating the shit out of that dude and throwing him out a window. It's directed like a scene in an action movie, with choerographed moves and over-the-top sound effects, accompanied by a sweet and peaceful song as a contrast to all the violence and suffering.
Which is my kind of humor. I like politically incorrect, sarcastic jokes, I like provocateurs, who use tasteless things just to stir the pot...but if you go for that kind of satire it's hard for me to consider these things in a sincere, moral light retroactively. It's like if you told me an offensive joke about cancer and then asked me to pray for your sick aunt, while I was still laughing.
Or Hong Chau in Alexander Payne's last movie. She was played for laughs (at least that's how I took it) with a stereotypical over-the-top Vietnamese accent. But when it came to the emotional scenes, I was very confused. Like if Mike Myers would deliver a eulogy as Goldmember and expected me to take it seriously.
69: Can't think of an example right now. But it happens a quite often. Especially in comedies. Sometimes in the form of a guy being kicked in the nuts being justified by his girlfriend being mad at him or something.