How Did We Ever Stand These 13 Old-School Movie Cliches?

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If you grew up in the ’90s, then chances are you were bred on the best and most popular ’80s movies that were constantly running on TV. I’m talking about that WPIX (Channel 11 for the New Yorkers) Sunday afternoon movie.

Each genre of movie had their own cliches and tropes. Action films, kids movies, romantic comedies, fantasy/adventure films, and even family-friendly and holiday fare all followed a rubric.

You could almost play bingo with how often these movies “borrowed” certain scenes, gags, lines, and even characters, from each other. But, like most trends, many of these tired tropes in TV and movies have gone the way of the dodo, thankfully.

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Super old teenagers

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It’s kind of crazy how when you were a kid, high-schoolers seemed like they were so much older. That’s probably just because we were so young and still wet behind the ears, so anyone two to three times taller than must’ve seemed like they were in their mid 30s, right?

But I know I’m not the only one who’s gone back and watched films about “high school” that inexplicably featured people in their late 20s. I mean, in some movies, the school bully looks more like he works there and less like he turns nerds upside and swirlies them in the toilet.

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Drunk driving is whatever

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Hey, you know what’s a big deal? Driving while under the influence of alcohol. Out of the Furnace really drives that point home early on in the film. But for some reason, older movies aren’t that concerned with drunk driving.

Take Gordon Bombay from The Mighty Ducks. Emilio Estevez’s character is riding loaded in the beginning of the movie — and this is a kids flick, remember. He gets pulled over and this boozy dude’s immediate “punishment” is to be put in charge of a children’s hockey team. Wholesome.

Cops were always ready with that .38 special.

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In older movies, mustachioed cops probably had the itchiest trigger fingers known to mankind. Seriously, you’d see them always slinking about with their revolvers drawn, ready to plug holes into anything that moves.

That included moving cars, a cliche that is still somewhat present today. But seriously, what kinda damage are you going to do to a speeding vehicle with your 6-bullet revolver? Why are officers always so willing to fire bullets on a busy street in broad daylight?

No reloading/running and gunning

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While we’re on the topic of guns in movies, especially revolvers, have you noticed how combat in movies now has become a bit more realistic these days? You actually have protagonists who need to reload and look for cover/use tactics in flushing out the enemy.

Back in the day, you’d have a grizzled, old-school cop run into the bad guy’s HQ with nothing but a ripped gray suit, ugly black shoes, a terrible haircut, a .44 magnum with no extra bullets, and some balls. He manages to shoot and kill some 40 dudes before conveniently running out of bullets when it’s time to fight the main villain… bare-=fisted!

Everyone and their mother knows Kung-Fu.

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Listen, I’ve got nothing against traditional martial arts, and yes, kung-fu is beautiful. But don’t you find it a little strange when the janitor that’s been hired by the main villain starts swinging his broom stick around like he’s been trained in bow staff fighting since he was 4?

And why does everyone throw looping punches? It’s like no one ever took a solid wrestling or regular boxing class in their entire life. Everyone’s doing jumping kicks and cartwheels and all of those inefficient moves, but no one can throw a straight punch or transition to a double-leg and scramble to get on top of someone else. Fighting isn’t pretty, but older movies made brawling with a hot dog vendor look like Shen Yun.

“We’ve got company” and other tired lines

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The cop who dies two days before retirement, is an action movie trope that I don’t think is ever going to die out. The first time it ever appeared on screen, it probably hit a lot of people in the gut. “Oh no! They were almost home free!” But now it’s come and gone like the McRib, thankfully.

But it’s been a minute since we heard tired lines like, “you just don’t get it, do you?” and “we’ve got company!” Seriously, try saying “we’ve got company” without picturing a dude maniacally driving while his calm and collected partner, maybe someone like Bruce Willis, is cocking back a gun and looking at some baddies in the rear-view mirror who are gaining on them.

Carrying giant panes of glass

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Back to the Future did it, and so did tons of other movies. I just want to know why there were so many guys just walking panes of glass around all the time. Is it crazy that I’ve never seen that happen in person, yet it occurred in older movies all the time?

See also: fruit carts conveniently placed in locations that are just begging to be toppled.

Barrels inexplicably on fire

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It’s like all older movies, regardless of genre, took place in some shared universe where there were just tons of burning oil barrels around. Whether the fires were started by bums for warmth, or teens at a cool beach party, there was a burning barrel for almost every occasion. Why is what I want to know.

Beginning credits

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Listen, we know the movie’s starting. We get it, but we don’t need a laundry list of everyone’s names at the top of the film before it begins to mentally prepare us to watch the movie. Out of all the tropes on the list, I think I’m happiest that beginning credits, for the most part, are over and done with.

“Normal” looking people, especially teeth

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For the most part, people today in movies and TV shows look like supermodels in one shape or form. And I think that’s the biggest thing I miss about ’80s movies: those underdog sensibilities. Those movies were incredible for the most part because you had average joes or absolute losers rising to the occasion.

Now, for the most part, everyone’s get perfect teeth (even if it’s a period piece) everyone’s super attractive or has chiseled abs. Even people who are supposed to play social outcasts or weirdos are super sexy, and it’s not just in film and TV either. Remember when Bradley Cooper played the Elephant Man on Broadway?

Like a good friend of mine points out, the whole point of the Elephant Man is supposed to be that he’s so ugly no one could look at him, but here’s B. Coops shirtless and looking good, and walking around with a fake limp and contorting his face slightly. He was still sexy for crying out loud!

The incredulous hobo

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It’s a running gag that’s simultaneously awful/awesome: the dirty hobo who’s sipping on whiskey and sees something crazy, maybe in a superhero movie, or a car chase, and who then rubs his eyes and looks at the bottle. Bonus points if he lets out a sigh or remarks, “Man, I really oughta cut back!”

Awful sound effects

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Whether it’s  the “chhhyyeeeeaaaaahhh” scream or that snapping sound of a punch or strike, or just screaming in action movies for no reason, like Van Damme’s cyborg, there were some pretty heinously bad sound effects in older movies.

Dancing around the table while listening to music.

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This was pretty much a staple of ’90s romantic comedies or chick flicks: a group of women are drinking wine and just cutting it loose with their pals. There’s dancing around the table, a moving camera, booze, and positive vibes while a feel-good track plays in the background. Terrible.

What are some movie cliches you aren’t sad to see go? There’s probably a ton more you could add to this list, like receding hairlines, or paper bags of groceries with a baguette and some spinach poking out the top of it. Oh, and smoking. Everyone was smoking cigarettes on camera back in the day.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/11/29/39VpYbo/old-school-movie-tropes

13 Coma Survivors Explain What Their Unconscious Experiences Were Like

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We’ve all seen movies about people who land in comas after sustaining grave injuries or serious illnesses. And though we know comas are really hard on the patient’s loved ones, we seldom get to see what it’s like for the people who experience comas firsthand. 

From the outside, it can seem sad and perhaps a little scary to be in the same room as an unconscious body, but how much of their condition do coma patients really understand? Are they mentally there at all, or is it just the shells of them, with their consciousness floating somewhere above the room?

Thirteen people who’ve experienced comas opened up about their experiences, which seem to run the gamut.

Read on for a glimpse of what it’s like to be in a coma.

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Some patients compare it to being stuck in a really long dream.

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Sometimes, you can still hear everything that’s going on around you.

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For others, it’s complete darkness.

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It can be like one long out-of-body experience.

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Some people thought they were dead… and wonder now if they’re really alive.

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Some were able to communicate with people in the world.

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Some people lead entire lives in their comas.

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Hallucinations and real life can blend in for a while, even after the coma wears off.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/11/26/RC1eZeA/what-is-it-like-being-in-a-coma

13 Turkey Abominations You Should Stay Away From This Thanksgiving

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When Thanksgiving rolls around, if you listen closely enough, you can probably hear my brain getting audibly excited because it’s about to scarf down some delicious pumpkin pie. I’m talking about those wonderful $5 Costco ones that have no business being that cheap, that large, and that delicious.

But as much as I love me multiple helpings of some PP, there’s no doubt that the star of the show is the turkey. Sure, sides are amazing, but if your bird ain’t cooked to perfection, then Thanksgiving is kind of a disaster.

There are tons of ways to cook one — personally, Alton Brown’s recipe is my favorite and never ceases to disappoint with its unparalleled juiciness.  (brine that bad boy 48 hours in advance, people.)

Then there are some people who decide to go a little too “out of the box” when crafting their Thanksgiving turkeys, and the results are just ghastly.

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-breaded turkey

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Turkey cake

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Powerade turkey

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Turkey Jell-O

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Thanksgiving sushi

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Turkey donut

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Turkey and gravy soda

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Bacon Turkey.

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Thanksgiving pizza

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Turkey casserole

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Deep-fried turkey

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Char-grilled Turkey.

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Thanksgiving burrito.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/humor/2018/11/20/Z1Q5zW8/bad-thanksgiving-turkeys

13 Hosts Reveal the Rudest Things Guests Have Ever Done in Their Homes

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I come from an old-school Eastern European family that takes the whole “you’re a guest in my house” thing very, very seriously. If you’re coming over, there’s going to be a full meal ready for you and a variety of drink options. If you need a change of clothes, it’s there for you. Wanna shower or need to take a nap or even stay the night? That’s an option, too.

Some people might think that’s overkill, but in many cultures, that kind of gung-ho attitude towards making a guest feel comfortable is a two-way street. When I’m a guest in someone else’s home, I’ll keep any requests I have to an absolute minimum and make sure to clean up after myself and be as polite as possible. It’s all about manners at the end of the day.

However, that ideal’s lost on some people for whatever reason. The contributors to this AskReddit shared some of the worst examples they’ve ever come across of the much-maligned “ungracious guest.”

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Break the knife.

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Hair. Hair everywhere.

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Ex In-Laws

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All over the toilet seat.

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Hardwood floors?

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Who wants some blow?

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Free food critic.

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Pad flushing.

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Visit from Grandma.

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Room pooper.

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Get outta bed, kid.

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Narc.

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Ex husband at the door.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/humor/2018/11/19/Z2hO8WQ/ride-house-guest-stories

13 Times Test Audiences Almost Ruined Your Fave Films and TV Shows

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Before a movie or show hits theaters or networks, they’re screened to a test audience or focus group first. After all, if a studio invested millions into a movie, they want to make sure the movie is good before they release it to the general public. Some test audiences have even saved some movies from imminent failure by suggesting better endings and reasonable edits. 

But not all test screenings have good outcomes, especially for movies or shows that are edgy, offbeat, or a little quirky. Test audiences prefer the status quo, and so when something like Seven or even Seinfeld comes across their plate, test audiences don’t know what to do but try to ruin things by cutting out important scenes and choosing crappier endings. Here are a few cases of when test audiences totally got it wrong. (Warning: This post contains spoilers!)

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‘Dirty Dancing’

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‘The Little Mermaid’

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‘Pocahontas’

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I Am Legend

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‘Pretty in Pink’

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‘Se7en’

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‘Dodgeball’

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‘Goodfellas’

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‘Friends’

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‘The Powerpuff Girls’

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‘South Park’

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‘Seinfeld’

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/11/09/Z2eLXiP/test-audiences-reaction-movies-tv

13 Celebs Who Were Lurking in the Background of Your Fave Films Before They Were Famous

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The path to stardom isn’t always instant. For many actors, they had to start small, and by small I mean taking no-line roles where they silently stood in the background. Hey, they had to start somewhere, right? Below, all the times big stars played extras before they were famous.

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Brad Pitt

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Jason Segel

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Meghan Markle

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Renée Zellweger

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John Hamm

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Kristen Stewart

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George Clooney

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Alexis Bledel

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Megan Fox

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Leonardo DiCaprio

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Julianne Hough

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Jack Black

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Steve Carell

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/11/02/Qn5d4/celebrity-cameos-before-fame

13 Obnoxious Things the Kardashians Keep Getting Away With

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It seems there’s nothing stopping the Kardashians. As we all begrudgingly “keep up” with them, the family continues to rise as they produce more products, make more money, and become bigger than ever. They’re so big that most of us have accepted them as they are, letting them continue to do shady things because we know there’s no way they can be taken down. But just because the Kardashian Dynasty is unbeatable doesn’t mean we should all just keep our blinders on. Although the family often tries to change the narrative, the reality is that they do a lot of unpleasant things — and most of us just allow it to happen. Below, a few of their biggest offenses. 

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Using people to get ahead.

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Copying designs.

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Stealing ideas.

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Hocking unsafe products.

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Creating fake story lines on ‘KUWTK.’

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Co-founding a fraudulent church (allegedly).

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Editing their selfies.

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Being bullies.

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Lying.

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Being rude.

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Letting Kris Jenner happen.

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Adopting pets that mysteriously disappear.

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Being offensive.

Source : https://undefined/entertainment/2018/10/23/13EKMc/kardashians-get-away-with

13 Memes That Perfectly Capture Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Baby News

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The royal family is growing! Fresh off the heels of Princess Eugenie’s wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed they are expecting their first child together. 

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace announced in a statement. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.” 

The couple, who tied the knot this past May, had made it very clear they were ready for kids even before getting married, but the royal baby news still came as a happy surprise to many fans. “I really shouldn’t be so excited about a couple I don’t know having a baby but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are having a baby and I couldn’t be happier,” one royal spectator tweeted before another added, “That baby is going to be so beautiful. I’m so happy for them, wish them the best.” 

And what would a royal baby announcement be without some memes? Keep scrolling for all the memes that perfectly captured Prince Harry and Meghan’s big news:  

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What breakup?

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Australia is a good luck charm.

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BRB, brainstorming baby names.

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We almost forgot this baby will be making history.

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“Gary. *in my Lisa Rinna voice*”

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It was fun while it lasted.

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#MakeAmericaGreatBritainAgain

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Oh, British humor.

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When’s the due date again?

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Prince George forever.

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The cutest child in ALL of human history.

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Prince Harry is already an overprotective dad.

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This “pre-pregnant” moment.

Source : https://undefined/trending/2018/10/15/Z1RDtmL/royal-baby-memes

13 of TV's Best Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is my favorite holiday, so it makes sense that I go nuts for Halloween-themed anything. Be it snack cakes, drinks, clothing, heavy metal bands, or movies and TV shows.

Actually, especially TV shows. It’s always so much fun to see your beloved characters dress up or get involved with some general spookiness. I mean, The Simpsons Halloween specials? I rest my case.

But there are some TV shows that take Halloween to the next level, especially when it comes to crafting the perfect costume for its characters. Here are some of the best to have ever graced the small screen.

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‘The Office’ – Two Heads are Better than One

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‘Bob’s Burgers’ – Edward Scissorhands, Mommy Mummy, and Gene’s U.N.I.T.Y. Queen Latifah.

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‘Community’ – Queen Alien and Ripley.

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‘Modern Family’ – Princess Fiona

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‘Stranger Things’ – Ghostbusters

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‘How I Met Your Mother’ – Sexy Pumpkin and Hanging Chad

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‘Parks and Rec’ – Rosie the Riveter and Gabby Douglas

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ – Salt and Pepper

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‘Glee’ – The Rocky Horror Glee Show

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‘Frasier’ – Cyrano de Bergerac

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‘Friends’ – Spudnik

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‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ – Vijo Morganstein

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‘New Girl’ – Public Serpent

Source : https://undefined/entertainment/2018/10/09/2wRGyT/halloween-episode-costumes

13 Jerks to Date If You Want to Be Left with Zero Friends

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We all have friends we absolutely adore and think the world of, who we truly believe in our heart of hearts deserve to be with the best possible person in the world. We fantasize for them and think up someone generous and thoughtful who supports and understand them, someone who matches their intellect and makes them laugh, and all around makes their lives easier and more pleasant.

The reason I bring up these friends is because there’s usually one person we cherish and love who always seems to date down. And I don’t mean hook up with someone just slightly less attractive than them — I mean they literally always end up with a jerk who puts them down, gaslights or belittles them, and all around treats them like garbage.

I’ve been on both sides of this phenomenon: I’ve been the person in the bad relationship who is somehow deaf to my friends’ disapproval, and I’ve been the friend who pleads with Chris and Alex to for the love of god leave their mess of a significant other.

But because people in unhealthy relationships often can’t hear these pleas from the ones who care about them, people took to reddit to voice their concerns over their friends’ horrible partnerships after years of being ignored by the parties involved.

Read on for 13 relationships that are so painfully cringe, you’ll vow to be single forever.

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This generally disastrous wife and mom.

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It hurts to watch our friends get walked all over.

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Beware of couples who move in too early.

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“Asking for a friend…”

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Don’t you love it when people openly boast about how terrible they are?

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“I fear she’ll never leave him.”

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Yea, I’d recommend not dating someone with FOUR cardboard cutouts of HIMSELF.

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Sometimes you just want to rip your hair out and scream “BREAK UP WITH HIM ALREADY.”

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I don’t know who’s at fault here, the whole relationship sounds like a downward spiral.

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This guy still won’t divorce her?!

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The friend who stops hanging out because their significant other “forbids” it.

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This relationship sounds dangerous and I hope they’re not still together.

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The woman who basically single-white-femaled her boyfriend.

Source : https://undefined/relationships/2018/10/03/Z278zeC/dating-jerk