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If you're trying to escape from the crazed axe-murderer the car will never start first time.
i was just reading the last few posts prior to quoting the late great david berman, silver jews legend : in a horror movie when the car wont start you give it one last try

 

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The ridiculously unbelievable standoff:

The gangster and the cop, who suddenly find themselves only a few feet apart, both pull a gun and aim at each other.
No-one fires, but a few threats and piercing looks are exchanged, until some implausible distraction allows the bad guy to make his escape and the cop punches the wall and curses "godammit!" (or words to that effect).

Just no.

In movie-land, you're supposed to believe that, if the other guy shoots first, you'll have time to register the fact and shoot back, thereby discouraging him from shooting in the first place.
In reality, the first person to shoot wins every time.
 

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As the keys are hit they will click loudly.
Not only that, but stuff that would normally involve using a mouse still has the hacker banging away on the keys.
 

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Then there is the guy who goes crazy only to be brought back to his senses by a glass of water in the face or even a good slap. Afterwards, he will invariably say, "Thanks... I needed that."
I thought that 'Airplane' had killed that one off (except when it's being mocked).
 

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as if a hacker would use a mouse

command line, buckling spring keyboard
 

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as if a hacker would use a mouse

command line, buckling spring keyboard
Yes, but most of the security systems depicted in films have bizarre graphical user interfaces, requiring use of a mouse occasionally.
 

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Yes, but most of the security systems depicted in films have bizarre graphical user interfaces, requiring use of a mouse occasionally.
That's the old fashioned way, now computer experts wave their hands about in the air in front of the screen to control the system.
 

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That's the old fashioned way, now computer experts wave their hands about in the air in front of the screen to control the system.
None of the actual computer experts I know do that.
 

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Android users come close.
 

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It is easy to commandeer a stranger's car for your own use. They'll probably complain half-heartedly for a few seconds, but won't physically resist or put up too much of an argument.
 

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In horror movies up through about 1979, a woman seeing the monster, killer or dismembered corpse always adheres to the following sequence of actions:
1. Widen eyes and silently open mouth in horror while staring fixedly at monster/killer/corpse;
2. Raise one hand slowly to a position alongside of mouth with fingers open but do not cover mouth;
3. Slowly at first but progressively faster, shake head side to side as if saying "no" ;
4. Then and only then let loose with piercing scream.
 

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I wake up the rest of the world when I do that.
 

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a) Anybody receiving a sheet of printed matter invariably turns it 180⁰ to emphasise that they’re reading something.

b) Anyone engaged in a mundane telephone conversation will, on hearing an unexpected but significant snippet of information, transfer the phone to the other ear as a visual “Ta-dah!” to the audience.

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The falling in love montage where a couple meet and then do a whole range of activities together with a musical background as demonstrated by Lt Frank Drebin
 

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In horror movies up through about 1979, a woman seeing the monster, killer or dismembered corpse always adheres to the following sequence of actions:
1. Widen eyes and silently open mouth in horror while staring fixedly at monster/killer/corpse;
2. Raise one hand slowly to a position alongside of mouth with fingers open but do not cover mouth;
3. Slowly at first but progressively faster, shake head side to side as if saying "no" ;
4. Then and only then let loose with piercing scream.
Or does the above on her wedding night...:sneaky2:
 

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If you've seen The Wasp Woman, then you'll know what happened to the actress/actor who played her in later life....
Was going to post a jokey mention here about that unfortunate accidental swatting but then I looked up how she really died so thought better of it.
 

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Was going to post a jokey mention here about that unfortunate accidental swatting but then I looked up how she really died so thought better of it.
If podcasts are something that you listen to, here's a good one on the back story to Susan Cabot (the Wasp Woman) and her unfortunate and early demise. There's a lot of black humour and morbid reality included, so if anyone is easily offended, it won't be for you. However if the darker side of Hollywood is your thing, it may just be of interest:

The Wasp Woman - Dearly Departed Podcasts
 

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Wasn't she murdered by her midget son (who some say was fathered by King Hussein of Jordan)?
Yes, she was murdered by her son. I'd also heard about the possible father of her son, but who can really tell? Apart from a DNA test....
 

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Mafia/crime bosses always have a headstrong and reckless son, nephew, younger brother that the protagonist reluctantly has to kill, (all he wanted was to be left alone/he's retired now), kicking the movie/TV series off.
 

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Topical.

What we need right now is a maverick scientist, an eccentric who was brilliant in his day--top of his class in the generic scientific academy--but he was cast out from the scientific community for challenging orthodoxy and vested interest.

He's been working on something, something in his remote home in the desert/hills/country, something gathering dust beneath a tarpaulin in his workshop: something that could just save the world...
 
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