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72 Responses to Top 10 Movie Cliches

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    madest Male 40-49
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    August 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm
    Link: Top 10 Movie Cliches - This compilation nails the cliches--specifically about tripping and cars that won`t start.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm
    To be fair, I would probably want to do number one as well. It seems a bit anticlimatic to just shoot, without giving them the chance to realize that you`ve won.
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    dada Female 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm
    I love James Rolfe, and I missed this!
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    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm
    This guy really hates movies
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    wellsy57 Male 40-49
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    August 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm
    If the creators of this video are so unhappy with the cliches we always see, and love, then show us some new examples of what cinema can do. And #5, Parodying the Matrix, inventing bullet time, he said the "the action slows down, to show a traveling bullet while the camera rotates". Not true. They did invent a new kind of shot. But it did not have a rotating camera. It was shot with dozens of camera`s spaced closely together all around the shot.
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    WeePee Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm
    half of those make perfect sense, and are not cliches.
    theres nothing wrong with the 360 shot.
    fade to black in trailers makes perfect sense to use when having two completely unconnected scenes back to back,especially if there is action involved.
    if you made a parody movie around the time matrix was popular, why wouldn`t you parody it? isn`t that the point?
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    Crucible Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm
    Weird how this guy (the angry video game nerd) made this video just a few weeks after The Nostalgia Critic did the same thing
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    Piepig Male 13-17
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    August 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    Most of them were true, but some, like fade to black, I don`t mind.
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    shortsagitar Female 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 7:53 pm
    100% WIN
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    jg0nz Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm
    As a child,watching Dragon Ball Z, I always wondered why they didn`t just kill their opponent when they`re lying down. Or when villains explain their whole plot to their nemesis so they can formulate a plan to thwart the villain`s plan.

    Then again,movies are for entertainment.
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    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
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    August 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm
    To be fair, the mom in Cujo was bringing her car for repairs so she had a legit reason why her car wouldn`t start. however most movies there is no reason for cars not to start.
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    handeman77 Male 40-49
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    August 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm
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    That_dude Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 8:56 pm
    whoop can`t talk now mike`s tripping!

    sorry can`t talk mike`s tripping!
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    kimkio Female 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 9:01 pm
    i think he found about 3 cliches and made up the rest like "cliche: they all have a trailer. this is so stupid" >_>
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    August 3, 2010 at 9:04 pm
    Yup, these are annoying! There`s lots more too, some just not so obvious, or very genre-specific, eh?
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    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm
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    shamrock1014 Male 40-49
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    August 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm
    One comedy cliche: The air bag deploys after the crash.
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    bostick21 Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 9:30 pm
    This was, hands down, the most pointless video I`ve ever seen...
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    bostick21 Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 9:34 pm
    Whoever made this video is a complete moron...
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    martinikene Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm
    I like most of these cliches.
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    Eroneus Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 9:52 pm
    This was made by the "Angry Video Game Nerd"
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    eduardoleon Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm
    @bostick21 i agree
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    August 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm
    "This was made by the "Angry Video Game Nerd""

    I think it was made by a film critic that doesn`t understand film language. I`d would like to see whatever movies he made.
    Sounds like Roger Ebert.

    ...And bullet time didn`t come from The Matrix, it came from Trancers (Tim Thomerson as Jack Deth, gag was called `The Long Second`) who were imitated by `Max Payne` then, Matrix.
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    Thorgrimmer Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm
    I love AVGN!
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    Wtfidklol Male 13-17
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    August 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm
    i agree.
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    ardystic Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm
    the only bad cliche on that list is the matrix parody. everything else i can easily overlook.
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    MrHughJass Male 13-17
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    August 3, 2010 at 11:49 pm
    The 360 shot? That doesn`t count as a cliche...
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    chunkymonkie Male 13-17
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    August 4, 2010 at 12:06 am
    even avatar is guilty of the stupid villian.
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    NotThatSmrt Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 12:06 am
    These aren`t cliche`s. These are things that make movies fun to watch.
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    bayoubengal Female 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 12:22 am
    This should be #1: If you say "Let me explain," you`re never allowed to explain. EVER. This happens all the time, and I hate it!
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    lemmingboy15 Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 12:27 am
    i agree with the cliches that have to do with horror films.
    there`s ALWAYS a fake scare, they ALWAYS trip, and if there is a car then there is ALWAYS an issue that removes the car from the movie.
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    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 1:48 am
    I was wondering the whole time if it was the AVGN...odd.

    And many of these were not clichés, they were cinematographic techniques.

    A "movie cliché" is something that happens in movies, but not in real life, and you accept it. Like cars exploding on impact is a cliché.

    Imitating the Matrix is not a cliché. It`s been done a lot, it`s not funny, but that doesn`t make it a cliché.

    I thought a few were good and funny, but many were misinterpretations of what a cliché is, and that made me realize I would rather have a buffalo take a diarrhea dump in my ear than watch this mindless rubbish.
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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 2:04 am
    Batmanners - it totally was! And hurry up to make fun of him before that becomes a cliche too ;-)
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    Maromi Female 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 2:18 am
    I still get a kick out of the matrix parodies, and you expect someone to fall when they`re being chased, if it doesn`t happen I`m disappointed. Same thing with the car that wont start. And it`s in the villain code that before they kill the good guy, they have to have one last monologue so that our hero has enough time to do something impossible to get out of his dire situation.
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    Tomi Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 2:56 am
    These ARE all cliches. When something is used so much that people are recognizing that it`s being overused, it`s a cliche. It doesn`t matter whether it`s a phrase or a plot device or a filming technique, it`s still a cliche.

    Crucible: "Weird how this guy (the angry video game nerd) made this video just a few weeks after The Nostalgia Critic did the same thing"

    He posted this video months ago on
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    08031993 Female 13-17
    36 posts
    August 4, 2010 at 3:16 am
    People... Cliché is NOT something you hate, it`s something that`s used over and over and that has become commonplace. There are some good clichés, and there are some bad ones. Just because it`s a cliché it doesn`t mean it`s awful.
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    Dutch-Master Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 3:26 am
    I also hate Russians being the bad guys, America being the "free world" and blue eyes/blonde guys playing Romans or Greeks with ancient English accents.
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    Lorodiam Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 3:45 am
    Being an angry internet nerd and heavily criticising films in a home made youtube video is so cliche.
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    raph Male 13-17
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    August 4, 2010 at 3:55 am
    DISorganised. DISorganised.
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    microhendy Male 13-17
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    August 4, 2010 at 4:15 am
    You know what I hate that happens in films all the time? When they`re in France or something and everyone speaks English in a French accent but they use random French words like "bonjour" and "madame."
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    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 4:42 am
    The one I keep seeing time and time again is the "absent father" plotline. So many characters in films have daddy issues.

    Hell, even Up does it.

    It`s never an absent mother. The trauma is ALWAYS a missing father figure. Were a lot of Hollywood Writers shunned by their dads?
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    magoo22 Male 30-39
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    August 4, 2010 at 5:26 am
    I don`t agree with the 360 shot. It`s a technique not a cliche.

    What about the cat that screams when it`s stepped on while the hero is sneaking around; or the pigeons that noisily fly up in the face of the heroine when she`s sneaking around. There`s plenty that are more common than the 360 shot.
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    Sock1122 Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 6:26 am
    "I don`t agree with the 360 shot. It`s a technique not a cliche. "

    lol i was just about to post the exact same thing.
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    Reignblazer Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 7:11 am
    The trip is by far the most annoying one
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    Webz Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Completely agree. I stopped taking him seriously once he claimed the arc shot (or 360 shot as he calls it) was a cliche. If the arc shot is a cliche, then the over the shoulder shot, establishing shot, close-up shot, in fact any type of shot regularly used by directors must be a cliche as well.

    The rest of these `cliches` are used to keep the level of action high, build suspense, create tension and conflict, keep the movie interesting to the audience which is the primary goal of a director.

    I`d agree a few are becoming overused (like when they trip and never get back up on their feet) but the reason they`re used over and over are because they work.

    I`d hate to watch a movie with this guy.
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    August 4, 2010 at 7:43 am
    And the "slow clap" or the "Parrents said no but im gonna skeak out almost get cought then rush home fast as I can". Just movie stuff. Its how they are made.
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    AlfishKK Female 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 8:01 am
    A cliché is just "anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse."

    These are clichés! He`s not misusing the word.
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    slab-of-rage Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 8:26 am
    The stupid villain annoys me - especially when earlier in the film, during their establishing phase, they usually kill off some random people just to show how badass they are. Then it come to the one person they WANT to kill and they fail.

    Michael Bay`s over-use of the 360 shot is a cliche.
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    techgeek07 Male 30-39
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    August 4, 2010 at 8:36 am
    I still can`t take him out of the angry video game nerd role
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    August 4, 2010 at 9:17 am
    when you have to shoot, shoot, don`t talk lol
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    shadowarrior Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 9:28 am
    This guy kind of sounds like Tosh.0 lol. the matrix part was funny, havent seen most of those.
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    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    August 4, 2010 at 9:37 am
    "You`re forgetting one thing...WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!"

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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 10:55 am
    JAMES ROLFE FTFW!!!!!!<3
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 10:55 am
    I hate monologues in movies.
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    Djer Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 11:09 am
    "You sly dog, you got me monologuing!"
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    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    Most of them ive already noticed and hated.

    i dont really mind the artsy 360 camera one, if its done right, like to show a character in huge scenery. and the comedic pause makes trailers snappy, though the record stopping ones are annoying.
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    elderban Male 30-39
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    August 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    They forgot one...the flashlight that always goes out at the worst possible moment.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    August 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm
    i actually like the 360 degree shot in movies, adds perception and reality to the scene!
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    bored-am-I Male 30-39
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    August 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm
    the shoot, dont talk, also goes for x-rated movies.
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    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    August 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    the fade to black is an effective marketing technique.
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    Peveo4589 Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    is that the voice of angry nintendo nerd?
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    aseirinn Male 70 & Over
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    August 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm
    theres thousands of cleches, bad guy tells good guy his devious plan what?, new ones get invented and old ones fade...
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    domisgood Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm
    that line in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is so awesome.
    "when you gotta shoot, shoot"
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    Llamaz Male 13-17
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    August 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm
    James Rolfe is a true film lover. If you ever listen to his commentaries on filmmakers and such, it`s easy to see that he isn`t just the "Angry Video Game Nerd."
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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    August 5, 2010 at 12:09 am
    Can`t believe I watched all 8 minutes of some guy being way too nitpicky.
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    Nburkie420 Male 18-29
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    August 5, 2010 at 2:28 am
    What a douche.
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    dragosal Male 18-29
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    August 5, 2010 at 7:15 am
    i think the cliche of a group of bad guys with machine guns or something NEVER get a hit and then they all get picked off by like 2 guys with handguns or some poo
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    PacoP42 Male 13-17
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    August 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm
    He wasn`t being nitpicky, a lot of these things annoy me too
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    genericuser Female 18-29
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    August 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm
    what annoys me is that villains/henchmen always die immediately when shot but good guys (and occasionally main bad guys) take FOREVER.
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    cunegonde Female 30-39
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    August 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm
    The car not starting was the whole freaking point of "Cujo". Bad example, and PS this guy is a douche.
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2010 at 11:28 am
    Hey Jagoff, wanna know something that bugs me? When people mispronounce the word cliche. It`s "clee" not "cli"

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