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Old 11-21-04, 11:51 AM
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Moments in movies you otherwise like that just feel awkward?

Since it'd probably be easy to name some of the cheesier B-movies that are horribly acted as "awkward"..

what about movies you otherwise like? Moments that just feel unnatural, detract from the experience, etc?

For me, whenever I watch American History X, which I do enjoy, in the beginning when the police chief is giving the briefing about skinheads and talking about Dr. Sweeney... he says something to the effect of:

"We have someone who is an expert on this -- and here he is."

I think they were trying to go for, Sweeney just walks in and surprises him, but it feels so flat and unnatural.

Also, there's multiple moments in Clerks where I just can't really see O'Halloran as a real guy. the way he delivers the rants of his, with Smiths wordy, wordy ass dialogue, it just feels so fake.

I'm sure there are others, but i cant really think of any.

come, be picky with me
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This has been dealt with before.....

But...Chris Rock and Robin Williams's cameos in A.I. spoil an otherwise perfectly good sci-fi flick for me. Very awkward.
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well, what with my being pretty new here, and a couple searches returning no hits... im not sure what you want me to say.

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The scene as the end of The Bourne Supremacy
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Where Jason confesses to the daughter that it was he who killed her parents
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Conan the Barbarian: When Valeria comes back from the dead Valkyr-style for a brief moment to help Schwarzenegger near the end and exclaims "Do you want to live forever!". Awesome movie, but damn this moment was the cheesiest shit this side of Velveeta.

Batman: Ok....so the Batwing can reach superfast speeds, manuever and stop incredibly and can easily change course mid-flight, is equipped with all kinds of gadgets, guided missiles and machine guns, radar and high-tech cutting implements, etc. etc. etc..........and the Joker brings it down with ONE FUCKING MEASLY BULLET. Not a rocket or missile at least. A BULLET.


:ahem:........ B - U - L - L - S - H - I - T
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Originally posted by Rivero
Batman: Ok....so the Batwing can reach superfast speeds, manuever and stop incredibly and can easily change course mid-flight, is equipped with all kinds of gadgets, guided missiles and machine guns, radar and high-tech cutting implements, etc. etc. etc..........and the Joker brings it down with ONE FUCKING MEASLY BULLET. Not a rocket or missile at least. A BULLET.


:ahem:........ B - U - L - L - S - H - I - T

Actually, that was an explosive bullet, not a regular bullet. The novelization and comic book adaptation of the movie made that obvious.

In terms of awkward moments, said it before, will say it again: the bed scene towards the end of LOTR:ROTK.
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Originally posted by Dr. DVD
Actually, that was an explosive bullet, not a regular bullet. The novelization and comic book adaptation of the movie made that obvious.

In terms of awkward moments, said it before, will say it again: the bed scene towards the end of LOTR:ROTK.
It's still a bullet and it still looks foolish. Bats also targets the joker and is still simply unable to shoot him, every one of his missiles falling to the right and left while the joker is just standing there like a sack of potatoes. Sorry, I dont know what Burton was trying with this whole scene but it fails miserably.

As for LOTR:ROTK, I've asked you this before and will ask it again: what is so awkward about the bed scene towards the end?
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Frodo's high-pitched girlish voice?
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Mystic River

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Laura Linney's "Macbeth" speech at the end comes out of nowhere and pretty much has prevented me from ever watching the movie again
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Shaolin Soccer

Two scenes actually. The first one is the one where Sing is kicking the egg around and then throws in in the other brother's mouth, and then fat brother runs over and starts eating it out of his mouth. Then they repeat that about 3 more times. Okay, we get it.

And then there's the other scene where they're getting humilated by the other team during practice. That part was kind of akward, especially when the one guy takes off his pants. In America humilating sports moments usually involve the other person losing their pants.

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RE: Mystic River

I don't understand why so many people have such a problem with that speech. Yes it's abrupt and it kinda comes out of nowhere but it also sheds new light on the character and puts him in a slightly different perspective. In those few lines it shows that Jimmy has a history and is looked up to in that neighborhood, almost like a Tony Soprano-type character. When I watched that scene I did not think to myself, "Um, these two are acting slightly out of character here". I thought, "Woah, I didn't know these characters as much as I thought I did".
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the scene in Rocky III where Rocky and Appolo practically make out after racing on the beach.
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Pulp Fiction: The Gimp scene (intended but awkward nonetheless)

The Matrix Reloaded: Rave/sex scene.
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Damn, someone else took Mystic River. I guess we think alike. Sometimes, I think we all got in that car...

Just watched Bright Young Things the other day. Ace film, but Stephen Fry pads out the supporting roles with cameos from recognizable stars, which is distracting. You're not going "ooh, that Bishop's a cad!", you're saying "hey, it's Richard E Grant! Withnail RULES!"

... well, you are if you're familiar with British cinema, anyway.

In Sleepy Hollow, an otherwise perfect film gets into head-scratch mode when the Killer fakes their own death with the body of a servant. Why, when the plan didn't require it, and would get in the way of attaining what the killer wanted in the first place?

I'd shorten the goddamn SIX MINUTES of opening credits for Shadow Of The Vampire! And HAN SHOT FIRST! or something.

Originally posted by gmal2003
The Matrix Reloaded: Rave/sex scene.
I know a lot of people have a problem with this, and it goes on way too long, but I understand why it's there. Back in World War 2 London and other places that were severely bombed regularly, the people would take the chance to have dances and things to keep morale up. - or because it might be the last chance. In Enemy At The Gates, this is also touched upon.
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Originally posted by ThickAsABrick
well, what with my being pretty new here, and a couple searches returning no hits... im not sure what you want me to say.

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Welcome. You've been "pwned" by the retard "dvdtalk search".

It happens to all of us and rest assured there are plenty of folks with a hard on for pointing out your post.

And oh BTW, no topic is ever "over done" here.
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Originally posted by automator
This has been dealt with before.....

yeah wasn't it some thread entitled "WTF Moments in Movies"
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Originally posted by DonnachaOne


I know a lot of people have a problem with this, and it goes on way too long, but I understand why it's there. Back in World War 2 London and other places that were severely bombed regularly, the people would take the chance to have dances and things to keep morale up. - or because it might be the last chance. In Enemy At The Gates, this is also touched upon.

I always took the Rave scene as "humans being human in an otherwise computer dominated world".
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Originally posted by Giles
yeah wasn't it some thread entitled "WTF Moments in Movies"
here we go:

The 'WTF' movie moments of 2000's thread! (any moment/scene/news that you said huh?)
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Originally posted by Rockmjd23
the scene in Rocky III where Rocky and Appolo practically make out after racing on the beach.


make out
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The totally annoying cameo of Stephen Tyler in
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The Polar Express
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Originally posted by tdirgins
The totally annoying cameo of Stephen Tyler in
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The Polar Express
yup, can't argue with you there.
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Mine is from Jerry Maguire with Cruise is giving his speech at the end. It all flows well, and is written well, until he adds a line about living in a cynical world. It just seems so out of place in context with the rest of what he is saying.

"We live in a cynical world. A cynical world. And we work in a business of tough competitors. I love you. You... complete me. "

Also, anyone flipping the bird in any movie after the Breakfast Club. The one that comes to mind is Sharon Stone in Sphere.
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Originally posted by tdirgins
The totally annoying cameo of Stephen Tyler in
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The Polar Express

I haven't seen this movie (and I don't intend to either) but I happened to catch a small making-of on HBO the other day that showed about a second of this cameo.

I can see why this may have been a little distracting and worthy of a WTF or two.
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Originally posted by Rivero
RE: Mystic River

I don't understand why so many people have such a problem with that speech. Yes it's abrupt and it kinda comes out of nowhere but it also sheds new light on the character and puts him in a slightly different perspective. In those few lines it shows that Jimmy has a history and is looked up to in that neighborhood, almost like a Tony Soprano-type character. When I watched that scene I did not think to myself, "Um, these two are acting slightly out of character here". I thought, "Woah, I didn't know these characters as much as I thought I did".
Well that's all fine, but you don't mislead your audience for 2 hours and then change up the characters. SPOILERS AHEAD Ok, I'm thinking Sean Penn is a dick anyway for killing Tim Robbins but now I'm supposed to believe that him and his 2 poorly casted brainless goons are respected rulers of this town. Nope not buying it. Also, are we supposed to feel bad for Penn because his daughter died? Nope not anymore, in that time span, Eastwood managed to make us forget about his daughter, feel bad for Tim Robbin's death, and feel bad for his wife. And Kevin Bacon just lets all of this happen. This movie had good acting but a poor story. A typical whodunit, and then we find out who did it, we say "oh that's it".
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Originally posted by PopcornTreeCt
Also, are we supposed to feel bad for Penn because his daughter died? Nope not anymore, in that time span, Eastwood managed to make us forget about his daughter, feel bad for Tim Robbin's death, and feel bad for his wife.
Maybe this was Eastwood's intention all along? Bacon doesn't "let it all happen" as you put it. . He doesn't put everything together until the very end and his look to Penn was imo his way of saying that he knows everything and will bring him in eventually.

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