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Category Archives: Movie Clichés

MOVIE CLICHÉS #5

Deadly Change of Heart

Deadly Change of Heart

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MOVIE CLICHÉS #6

James Bond Cliché

James Bond Cliché

MOVIE CLICHÉS #4

First Law of Funny Names

First Law of Funny Names

MOVIE CLICHÉS #3

Bullit Shift

Bullit Shift

MOVIE CLICHÉS #2

Chain Link Fence Rule

Chain Link Fence Rule

MOVIE CLICHÉS #1

You go to enough different movies, you start to notice things.

Roger Ebert

You can read this excerpt in the introduction of a very small book called “Ebert’s Bigger Little Movie Glossary: A Greatly Expanded and Much Improved Compendium of Movie Clichés, Stereotypes, Obligatory Scenes, Hackneyed Formulas,  Shopworn Conventions, and Outdated Archetypes”. It contains hundreds of constantly repeated movie features tightly packed in a 116 paged hardcover bundle.

I had this volume for maybe a year or so, but never really got to it. Today I came up with a silly joke about a movie in the dearblankpleaseblanksincerelyblank mould. I decided to apply the concept of silly joke to movies, and movie clichés seemed to be the easiest target. The fact that I had a book about it made it even easier. The gods of procrastination were obviously plotting against me, giving me little excuse not to make this post and some more.

This will hopefully be the first of many posts about movie clichés, unless I get kidnapped by aliens wearing the same clothing, hairstyles, and jewellery.

Fallacy of the Talking Hero

Fallacy of the Talking Hero

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