I’ve been suffering from some pretty diabolical insomnia lately. For the past couple of weeks I always fall asleep just fine, but then I wake up multiple times during the night. The waking segments don’t last long, so technically I get enough hours of sleep, but because of the broken rhythm of it all I feel as if I’ve slept maybe half the total hours I actually have. The feeling is—and this is soon gonna become my most referenced scene of all time but whatever, when the shoe fits:
That’s how it all feels. ‘Everything’s a copy of a copy, of a copy.’ I’m not sure why it’s happening. I get enough exercise, I stay away from screens and I don’t eat too much or too soon before bed. Shrug. Must be some demon worryworm burrowing its way through my psyche, excreting doubt and fear wherever it goes. Some unprocessed anxiety must’ve birthed it and now it’s causing havoc in there. Curse you, mystery worryworm! Of what provenance be thou?! You rancid cockwomble, get out of me ‘ead.
Anyway I know we did a similar-ish thing recently, but AskReddit did another movie tropes thread, and it was a lot of fun to read in my current sleepless low battery brain operating state, so… ‘What ‘cinema sin’ is the most irritating, that filmmakers need to stop committing immediately?’ Full thread, here. Highlights, now!
ETA: And of course, seeing as you lot reminded me of it BTL:
The most generous character in all of cinema is Deceased Wife. How many plots has she given us? How much dramatic heft has she given to the backstory of the Male Protagonist? Thank you, Deceased Wife. Your deceasing was not in vain.— Knava (@actwithoutdoing) January 10, 2019
How many times has a filmmaker used the Deceased Wife trope? I bet if you held a ritual and summoned all of the Deceased Wives at once they'd take Aragorn's undead army of Dunharrow no problem.— Knava (@actwithoutdoing) January 10, 2019
What kind of ritual summons Deceased Wives? The shedding of the Male Protagonist's tears of course. He'll be in a Tough Spot. A Low Point. The Second Act-Third Act Juncture. All will seem lost. But then! Hello, glowing spectre of Deceased Wife! Do your encouragement thing!— Knava (@actwithoutdoing) January 10, 2019
In life, women often have to do a lot of emotional labour on behalf of men. You'd think that if being a Deceased Wife had any perks to it at all it would be that you'd finally get to put your feet up a bit.— Knava (@actwithoutdoing) January 10, 2019
But hey, you should still probably be grateful. Be thankful you're not Abused And Damaged Wife. The Male Protagonist has a *really* tough time with Abused And Damaged Wife. At least with you he can move on after 90 minutes and you can go enjoy yourself in the afterlife.— Knava (@actwithoutdoing) January 10, 2019
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