I hate the "second wind" in action movies. You know, where the hero is having the snot beat out of him to such an extent that he could never recover and then at the last moment the tables turn and he manages to save the day.
I really hate when movies and TV shows use a fake "555" number. It takes me out of the story and reminds me I'm watching fiction, and that shouldn't happen.
In most cases, the phone number doesn't have to be spoken. It can be scribbled on a napkin out of sight and passed across the table, hand off a business card, or editing can simply hide it some other way. And it's rarely important for the viewer to know a phone number, so it's useless information for storytelling.
Here's a fun one:
The Worf Effect
"If those things took down Wolverine in less than two minutes, what chance do we have?"
When the Monster Of The Week or the Big Bad shows up, it invariably picks up the toughest character among the heroes and hurls him across the room in order to demonstrate just how Big and Bad it really is.
Named for the tendency in Star Trek The Next Generation and for hostile creatures to do that very thing to Worf.
Also known as "jobbing" in certain circles, although jobbing usually refers to a character who loses many fights in order to make the hero appear stronger by contrast (See: Renji Abarai or Vegeta). It usually affects whatever team member is brash and headstrong.
Let's expand this discussion into music videos:
especially of the hiphop kind
why do all rappers crouch in front of the camera in their videos?
Whenever you had a person in your neighborhood go off to prison and he will send pictures back with his letters, almost always, someone would be crouched down all "serious and cool" (DL Hughley mentioned this in a stand-up). This was perceived by some as cool so, non-incarcerated folks started doing it in normal photos and stuff. Eventually, it floated over into music videos.
Also, a lot of rappers are SHORT. See: Saigon, Too $hort, Prodigy of Mobb Deep...
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When people turn on the TV, and the exact thing they want to see is on.