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    Question about America (possible movie cliche)

    You know in the movies, especially those set in New York/Philly/Boston, when our hero lives in a tenement but can't afford that months rent due to some hard luck story? Well how come the landlord is always some really shabby looking guy usually an immigrant? How do these poor foreign guys get their hands on prime real estate worth millions? Is there usually one guy that owns every flat in a block or is a landlord over there like a janny sort of guy here who maintains building and collects bucks on behalf of someone else?

    Sure everyone has unanswered questions raised by cinema but this one has always got me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The__Proclaimer View Post
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    You know in the movies, especially those set in New York/Philly/Boston, when our hero lives in a tenement but can't afford that months rent due to some hard luck story? Well how come the landlord is always some really shabby looking guy usually an immigrant? How do these poor foreign guys get their hands on prime real estate worth millions? Is there usually one guy that owns every flat in a block or is a landlord over there like a janny sort of guy here who maintains building and collects bucks on behalf of someone else?

    Sure everyone has unanswered questions raised by cinema but this one has always got me.
    It`s the loose oranges and the bread-stick that always falls out of the brown paper bag when fumbling for keys.

    Gets me every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The__Proclaimer View Post
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    You know in the movies, especially those set in New York/Philly/Boston, when our hero lives in a tenement but can't afford that months rent due to some hard luck story? Well how come the landlord is always some really shabby looking guy usually an immigrant? How do these poor foreign guys get their hands on prime real estate worth millions? Is there usually one guy that owns every flat in a block or is a landlord over there like a janny sort of guy here who maintains building and collects bucks on behalf of someone else?

    Sure everyone has unanswered questions raised by cinema but this one has always got me.
    it could jus be lazy hollywood cliched/stereotypical castin of building supers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zitellis Heid View Post
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    It`s the loose oranges and the bread-stick that always falls out of the brown paper bag when fumbling for keys.

    Gets me every time.
    When waking up at an early hour no one is able to hit the 'off' button on their alarm clock at the first attempt.

    In fact everybody has an alarm clock. Always one with an annoying ring or tuned into a radio station where the DJ makes a comment about how early it is. No one wakes up using a soothing song on their phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The__Proclaimer View Post
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    When waking up at an early hour no one is able to hit the 'off' button on their alarm clock at the first attempt.

    In fact everybody has an alarm clock. Always one with an annoying ring or tuned into a radio station where the DJ makes a comment about how early it is. No one wakes up using a soothing song on their phone.
    Guns with a seemingly endless number of bullets always annoys me.
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    How come Tom Cruise always plays a heterosexual male.

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    How come the US seems to produce such prolific one man war machines ( Rambo, Taken, Bourne, Taken2 etc) but couldn't beat a bunch of rice farmers with 2nd hand AK47s in 'Nam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The__Proclaimer View Post
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    You know in the movies, especially those set in New York/Philly/Boston, when our hero lives in a tenement but can't afford that months rent due to some hard luck story? Well how come the landlord is always some really shabby looking guy usually an immigrant? How do these poor foreign guys get their hands on prime real estate worth millions? Is there usually one guy that owns every flat in a block or is a landlord over there like a janny sort of guy here who maintains building and collects bucks on behalf of someone else?

    Sure everyone has unanswered questions raised by cinema but this one has always got me.
    He's just the front for the worldwide money laundering operation that owns the property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dub View Post
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    Guns with a seemingly endless number of bullets always annoys me.
    There is ALWAYS another clip hidden in one of their Mary Poppins bottomless pockets.

    Also, RomComs (besides being $#@!e) usually follow the same plot. Two people who should probably be shagging, eventually start shagging before a misunderstanding derails the relationship until there's an outpouring of emotion that sees them get back together again before the credits roll.

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    Why do aliens always have American accents ? why do the birds in American horror films always have to go into the dark wee room to see if there's an axe wielding homicidal maniac lurking there ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forzahibs View Post
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    Why do aliens always have American accents ? why do the birds in American horror films always have to go into the dark wee room to see if there's an axe wielding homicidal maniac lurking there ?
    And why do said birds lose the ability to run without falling over when the mentalist axe murderer is chasing them [assuming they get out the darkened room of course].
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    People never say goodbye on the phone. Mind you that's pretty efficient compared to travelling to someone else for a two minute conversation and the leaving, as they also frequently do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egb_hibs View Post
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    People never say goodbye on the phone. Mind you that's pretty efficient compared to travelling to someone else for a two minute conversation and the leaving, as they also frequently do.
    Thats after they dial the number and the call connects and is answered with 1.8 seconds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forzahibs View Post
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    Thats after they dial the number and the call connects and is answered with 1.8 seconds
    If not answered every single person has a personalised answerphone message which reflects their personality.
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    It's always weirded me out that when people look through binoculars they see two interlinked circles instead of what you actually see IRL - which is obviously one.

    for a bit I thought this was because they were trying to fill the screen, but they seem to do it even in old 4:3 aspect ratio films.
    so what do I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forzahibs View Post
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    Thats after they dial the number and the call connects and is answered with 1.8 seconds
    and all phone numbers start 555

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    Until very recently (past 5 years max, I reckon); almost every mobile phone in a Yank film / TV show was a feckin' pishy early '90s black brick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by southfieldhibby View Post
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    and all phone numbers start 555
    As I understand it that was an unused prefix in Ma Bells network so it made sense to use it. It's not unused anymore but I imagine its usage in films has just become the accepted norm.
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    Typing numbers into their mobile phones instead of using the contacts. This one is particularly weird as it goes against the grain of doing things quicker to keep things moving.
    "Son, no one gives a shit about all the things your cell phone does. You didn't invent it, you just bought it. Anybody can do that."

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    Quote Originally Posted by The__Proclaimer View Post
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    You know in the movies, especially those set in New York/Philly/Boston, when our hero lives in a tenement but can't afford that months rent due to some hard luck story? Well how come the landlord is always some really shabby looking guy usually an immigrant? How do these poor foreign guys get their hands on prime real estate worth millions? Is there usually one guy that owns every flat in a block or is a landlord over there like a janny sort of guy here who maintains building and collects bucks on behalf of someone else?

    Sure everyone has unanswered questions raised by cinema but this one has always got me.
    I think Jockney Green got it - they're building superintendants rather than the owners/landlords.
    "Son, no one gives a shit about all the things your cell phone does. You didn't invent it, you just bought it. Anybody can do that."

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    Computers which run on totally unique operating systems and which have software which allows the user to perfectly enhance any blurry image with a single click.
    "Son, no one gives a shit about all the things your cell phone does. You didn't invent it, you just bought it. Anybody can do that."

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibadelic View Post
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    Computers which run on totally unique operating systems and which have software which allows the user to perfectly enhance any blurry image with a single click.
    Plus, their systems allow them to send data to the agents phones in about a second and it doesnt even seem to matter how big the file is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hibadelic View Post
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    Computers which run on totally unique operating systems and which have software which allows the user to perfectly enhance any blurry image with a single click.
    ultra secure intelligence agencies / malevolent corporations / Government departments who don't lock down their usb ports

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brainwrong View Post
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    Until very recently (past 5 years max, I reckon); almost every mobile phone in a Yank film / TV show was a feckin' pishy early '90s black brick.
    That wasn't just in films, it was/is the same 'in real life'.

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