by HELEN GEIB
The Photo Play theme for February is… the fate of the series was in their hands
Last Week: Goldfinger (1964)
Coming Next: Angel Eyes (2001)
Okay, Helen, I am not trying to be a jerk here, so don’t get defensive, but your tweet stating that “NOO!!!” when said in face of imminent harm to a loved one should be retired has me curious. What line do you think they should say instead? I realize shouting out “NOO!!!” to a monstorous villain who couldn’t care less is irrational, but in the emotional stress of the moment how many people are going to be rational? It seems to me most people would probably say the same thing in real-life. Maybe they aren’t yelling it to the killer either. Maybe they are saying it to God, or some outwardly unseen force to stop what is about to happen from happening. When one has no other line of defense then why not.
Oh I don’t know, “stop” or “don’t” or “you bastard” or “I’ll get you for this”…. Anything to break the monotony.
How about “wait a minute!” or “we can talk about this!”? :O)
I think Nir’s suggestion is the winner.
“Noooooooooo” is my absolute tops in tiresome cliched movie dialogue. I find myself getting tense and thrown out of the movie when a situation develops with the potential for a screaming no, wondering if I’ll have to see/hear it one more time. If everyone in a movie said what they might say in real life we’d have nothing but Cassavetes movies. I want something better.
Personally I really like John Cassavetes movies and consider him a maverick and influential filmmaker. “Woman under the Influence” is one of the best movies to come out in the 70’s.
@Miriam: My feelings exactly! I posted “you don’t have to do this” first only because I had just heard it three times in two weekends in the trailer for a truly awful looking Halle Berry movie.
I also love that series of shots in a film where someone is dangling off of a ledge or mountain and are slipping and the hero reaches out his hand. And as he’s about to make contact, the other person loses their grip and falls. We witness as they drop a good five or ten feet when the hero’s hand, magically reaches down and latches onto the other person’s wrist. lol
Happens all the time.
@Richard, …I need to start watching Cassavates films. I’d see him act in several film and liked what I saw but I hear nothing but praise for him as a director.
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