The point of this thread is to indicate various gimmicks that are often used (or overused) in movies or TV, that are worthy of complaining about. To start off: Frequently, at a pivotal point in a story, a key character needs urgently to get in touch with another by phone. Indeed, if that call gets through, a life, or even countless lives, will be saved. But don't you know it, the person on the receiving end has their phone laying on a table some distance away. Usually, on vibrate to boot. It's so annoying. The characters in question are in the middle of a severe emergency, and yet they don't keep their phone on their person! Especially since they know they won't be able to hear it! It's almost funny at this point, but not really, because I don't think writers or directors are tired of it yet.