Okay, I’m not officially doing the Thursday Thirteen (yet), and I certainly don’t want to detract from the strong “GO BUY IT” message below about The Rest Falls Away, but I had occasion last night to think about heroic cliches–in movies more than books, actually–that, no matter how many times I have seen them, still do it for me.
There are some I just love, that make me fall in love with a hero right away, that make me catch my breath. So, in no particular order, here are a few cliches I adore:
1. When the hero, faced with a gang of people who want to beat him or shoot him or whatever, pauses, gets himself ready, then gives them a “Come on” gesture with his hand. (This was especially awesome in Desperado, one of my favorite movies, which turns all the cliches around and is so much fun, plus Antonio Banderas was never sexier, plus the film features a .50-caliber Desert Eagle, a totally illegal firearm that looks cool as hell [it’s listed as a “Destructive Device”. Which, totally want one, because weapons are hot.] But the master of this, of course, is BRUCE LEE. Mmmmmm.)
2. When the hero has only one bullet and must hit a target head on, and he just does it. Example: Chow Yun-Fat in Hard Boiled.
3. Any sort of one-handed gun cocking.
4. Anyone cleaning wounds with whiskey. Especially if they drink the whiskey as well.
5. Two-handed shooting. This is cool whether it’s cocking with one hand, pulling the trigger with the other (like in Westerns–I believe Val Kilmer did this in Tombstone, in which he was sooo hot) or if they’re holding a gun in each hand.
6. Yeah, I still like guys who smoke. And drink.
7. The shot of men walking slowly. It’s a classic for a reason.
8. When the guy grabs the girl and gives her a hard, passionate kiss before leaping into the fray.
9. Any sort of breaking glass.
…and I know there’s more but I can’t think of them right now, so I’ll add them later.
And tomorrow or the next day, I’ll do cliches that leave me cold.
But first tell me your cliches you love!