9 Current Movie and Television Trends I Hate

And the final two entries in my list of annoyances in current movie trends:

house of cards hacker

8. Hackers and Nerds

This has been a huge issue for many years in movies and television. For many years nerds were embodied by the over-the-top, taped-up glasses-wearing nerds from Revenge of the Nerds. That’s until The Matrix tilted the stereotype into the completely opposite direction: the super-cool hacker. We now live in a day and age where nerd and geek has become cool, but still Hollywood can’t get them right on the big screen.

I thought for sure that things might change after David Fincher released The Social Network, but aside from the occasional cult hit like Silicon Valley and Halt and Catch Fire, the depiction of hackers and nerds still remains to be more of a Big Bang Theory-style caricature than a real-feeling fleshed out character. Even when it comes to premium television programing, hackers are usually the worst executed subplots in the show.

Take for instance Jimmi Simpson who played Gavin Orsay on House of Cards: a computer hacker working for the FBI who is enlisted to entrap journalist Lucas Goodwin. Of course, the hacker operates out of his dark but modern lair with Cashew, his female guinea pig pet. The whole subplot felt forced and fake and it doesn’t help that the hacker character feels a bit like a cliche. It was one of my most hated things about the series thus far.

And if you’re going to go for comic relief, learn from the Russo Brothers’ brilliant bit in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, casting DC Pierson as a hipster-meets-Apple dude nerd who appeared in the Apple Store scene above.

Also: How many shows do we have to watch where hacker or nerd characters gives a speech about the super dangerous “deep web” when its clear the actor, writers (and thus the character) doesn’t appear to know what they’re even talking about. Unless you know how to integrate this buzzword into real techie speak, it should never be spoken on the big or small screen again.


9. World At Stake

It seems like the world or universe has to be at stake in every Hollywood blockbuster these days. How many films have we seen where cities are left in rubble at the conclusion? The end of the world/universe is truly the ultimate consequence, but not every tentpole movie requires such huge odds.

Now don’t get me wrong, some stories deserve the struggle to save the world as we know it, but many other stories might be better served with more personal consequences. And sometimes those more personal stakes connect with us on a more personal involving level.

Some of the best blockbusters of all time have had relatively small stakes. My favorite movie of all time, Back to the Future, features a climax that involves a “will they kiss or not” plot with only Marty’s family and self at stake, and a 88 mile an hour drive down the street in efforts to get back to the future. Jaws involves a bunch of guys on a boat trying to kill a shark. The original Jurassic Park is about dinosaurs terrorizing a few humans on a small isolated island, with little to no threat to the outside world. (That is, if you don’t count the Nedry subplot that ends as shit hits the fan.)

Or as my colleague Jack Giroux puts it:


the hobbit trilogy

Current Movie Trends That Annoy You

I asked the question on twitter and here are some of the more interesting responses:


What Do You Think?

In the comments below please leave your thoughts and let us know what current movie trends, or even current television trends, annoy you.

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