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In Science Fiction films and TV, any space craft that have definite tops and bottoms are always the same way up when they confront each other (Star Trek is a particularly egregious example of this).

If they weren't, all their money would fall out their pockets.
 

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Lens flare equals dehydration.
Dutch angles mean you were drugged.

that's genius. Never thought about it until you posted it.

Also, you need some stark, faintly unpleasant music to go with those desert scenes.
 

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In Science Fiction films and TV, any space craft that have definite tops and bottoms are always the same way up when they confront each other (Star Trek is a particularly egregious example of this).

HBO's Avenue 5 ship satirises the which way up/gravity conundrum by having the space-cruise ship running artificial gravity, which can be turned on and off and even have its direction switched. This is so funny that we had to stop watching for a while to calm ourselves down.
 

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A character has a heart attack or some kind of fit. They always, always say 'get my pills...my pills'. After taking a pill or two, they are immediately OK.
In real life, no pills would act so fast and (AFAIK) there are no pills that would stop a heart attack in progress. It's almost as if the pills are a placebo and the heart attack is completely imaginary.
 

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A character has a heart attack or some kind of fit. They always, always say 'get my pills...my pills'. After taking a pill or two, they are immediately OK.
In real life, no pills would act so fast and (AFAIK) there are no pills that would stop a heart attack in progress. It's almost as if the pills are a placebo and the heart attack is completely imaginary.

And how many people knock the whole (wall-plugged) phone off the coffee table when reaching out for the receiver to call for help.

A surprising number.
 

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The way every person in a TV show or film who is a doctor is able to perform an emergency appendectomy even though their doctorate is in the use of the word “The” in Chaucer.
 

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During adrenaline filled car chases and accidents, air bags rarely, if ever deploy unless of course the vehicle receives the gentlest of bumps and off it goes for comedic effect.
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In post apocalyptic and prehistoric based movies, women always have non hairy armpits.
 

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In post apocalyptic and prehistoric based movies, women always have non hairy armpits.

They also have perfect make-up and hairdos. Back in the '50s/'60s this was really prominent.
 

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They also have perfect make-up and hairdos. Back in the '50s/'60s this was really prominent.
Are you trying to say this isn't historically accurate?
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In post apocalyptic...movies, women always have non hairy armpits.

Also, they all adopt the same uniform: leather biker jackets, fingerless gloves, sprayed-on jeans and combat boots. lt’s as if:

a) The aliens invade/ the Bomb drops, and simultaneously;

b) Dorothy Perkins unveils their summer Tuff Gurlz look.

Apparently humanity will also run out of food, water, medicine and ammo long before our stocks of lip gloss and hair dye are exhausted.

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Most heart warming 'Eee, it's grim up north' films ever made (Billy Elliot, The Full Monty, most early Shane Meadows films, 60's kitchen sink dramas) .. even Cromer did one like this a few years ago called 'In Love With Alma Cogan' and that was shit as well .. 'Eeeee, it's grim in Cromer' ..


 

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When there has been a natural disaster or the apocalypse impends, and the population has fled, we see sheets of newspaper blowing down the empty streets. Now daily newspapers are dying off. There are probably members of the recent generation who have never held a newspaper in their hands. So how is this cliche going to evolve? My vote is for plastic shopping bags or Chinese restaurant menus
 

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When there has been a natural disaster or the apocalypse impends, and the population has fled, we see sheets of newspaper blowing down the empty streets. Now daily newspapers are dying off. There are probably members of the recent generation who have never held a newspaper in their hands. So how is this cliche going to evolve? My vote is for plastic shopping bags or Chinese restaurant menus
At the moment I don’t think we need to worry. In the U.K. the largest circulation paper is The Metro at 1.4 million with The Sun next at 1.2 million so there’s still quite a lot of them about and some distribution is outdoors so papers will just be left where they were and allowed to blow away. So it will be a few years before we need a new cliche here!
 

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When there has been a natural disaster or the apocalypse impends, and the population has fled, we see sheets of newspaper blowing down the empty streets. Now daily newspapers are dying off. There are probably members of the recent generation who have never held a newspaper in their hands. So how is this cliche going to evolve? My vote is for plastic shopping bags or Chinese restaurant menus

You need a brief glimpse of the headline on the front page to get the story background.
Something like The Metro "It's the End of the World" cont. on page 9
 

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When there has been a natural disaster or the apocalypse impends, and the population has fled, we see sheets of newspaper blowing down the empty streets. Now daily newspapers are dying off. There are probably members of the recent generation who have never held a newspaper in their hands. So how is this cliche going to evolve? My vote is for plastic shopping bags or Chinese restaurant menus

Plastic bags are on their way out too.
 
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