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Pariah Know Your Enemy
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This is something I started noticing a good 20 years ago and it has only gotten weirder and worse in the intervening years.
What? you might ask...

Poor and working class people in movies driving 48 to 55 year old, highly collectible cars. It seems like directors or producers or who ever makes these calls just cannot move away from using cars made, roughly, between 1965 and 1972. Those 7 years of production account for an incredible share of cars in movies and TV and almost always depicted being driven by someone who could never afford such a rare and expensive collectors item.
A dude can be a total loser, broke all the time, almost homeless and drug addicted but he drives a beautiful 1966 notchback Mustang with the V8 and 4 speed option. Or the action hero guy, went to ground years ago, living hand to mouth till something happens that requires vengeance and...golly gee, he just happens to have a pristine 1968 Pontiac GTO, not a regular one but a highly prized, convertible "Judge" model stashed away in some stick fiddling barn somewhere. A car easily worth more than $100,000.

It is starting to get really weird as these cars keep getting older and older and more and more rare and valuable but they are still depicted as being driven by ordinary, working schmucks. I wonder when it will all end. Do we need all the Boomer directors to die before we start seeing less ridiculous cars in movies.
As it is these totally out of place cars are starting to really pull me out of TV shows and movies. It is getting nearly as bad as the kid with asthma trope that is so stick fiddling over used and worn the hell out.
juice Inadvertently correct
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Can you provide examples? I haven't noticed this, with the possible exception of Demolition Man.
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In high school, I had a '67 Impala, the same model as the costar-car in "Supernatural". Mine was white, tho; and didn't have the suped-up 450 (or whatever) the tv car has; but you could put a dozen people in the passenger seats and three more in the trunk!
I literally drove that thing 'till the wheels fell off.
Wish I had it now, but there's no way I could have afforded the restoration it would have needed. Damn, I couldn't afford it now either ...
But, to your point, Par; I haven't really noticed this, but I'm sure I'll notice if I see it now.
dv
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Maybe you're watching too many period pieces?

For action movies it's more about rule-of-cool.
Once on an evening wander I came across a mysterious parade of cars from the 1940s crawling slowly around the streets in what looked like random patterns. I thought it quite strange and I watched them for about half an hour. I didn't realise at the time that a few blocks away an episode of "A Nero Wolf Mystery" was being filmed and these cars were to show up in street scenes to fill out the ambience.
ukimalefu want, but shouldn't, may anyway
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well, yeah, the "hero" has to have a "cool car"

But there are exceptions... ok, maybe where the star of the show is not a "hero", like Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. They had wasteful cars.
Metacell Chocolate Brahma
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Other things you might notice in studio-produced movies and TV:

Young people fresh out of college and poor down-and-out folks all live in really deluxe high-rise apartments.

Teenagers are often played by actors obviously 10-15 years older than them.

Everybody orders "a beer."


Obviously, the directors didn't want just some ordinary, forgettable car adorning their masterpieces.

It's just like rap videos.
dv
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ukimalefu posted:
well, yeah, the "hero" has to have a "cool car"

But there are exceptions... ok, maybe where the star of the show is not a "hero", like Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. They had wasteful cars.


Or where they put car ads in the middle of the show. Or where the production is otherwise sponsored. (Like how everybody on Jessica Jones drove a Toyota/Lexus while everybody in Iron Fist had a Hyundai. The first Transformers movie was all GM products for a reason.)
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dv posted:
ukimalefu posted:
well, yeah, the "hero" has to have a "cool car"

But there are exceptions... ok, maybe where the star of the show is not a "hero", like Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. They had wasteful cars.


Or where they put car ads in the middle of the show. Or where the production is otherwise sponsored. (Like how everybody on Jessica Jones drove a Toyota/Lexus while everybody in Iron Fist had a Hyundai. The first Transformers movie was all GM products for a reason.)


I've seen shows where they don't even pretend, they just make a good 3 seconds close up of the Ford logo or whatever.

I like it when the good guys have Macs and the bad guys have PCs, I can't remember an specific example, but I've seen that. :D
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ukimalefu want, but shouldn't, may anyway
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Metacell posted:

Everybody orders "a beer."



So I'm watching this show, and they're in a bar, and this girl orders... "a beer".

And I remembered this, and to come here to say that it is possible to orders just a beer. Maybe you all only go to fancy bars with many different kinds, but there are bars with only one kind of beer, usually because it's a small bar and they get a good deal from the brand. Sometimes, they have different kinds, but if you order just a beer, they usually just give you a pilsen (that's the most popular in this country). People who want something specific just ask for that. IMHO, anyway.

I haven't had a beer in a long time... I remember liking beer...

*edit*

oh, wait... pandemic... do bars exist anymore? I don't know...

:goth:
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ukimalefu posted:
Metacell posted:

Everybody orders "a beer."



So I'm watching this show, and they're in a bar, and this girl orders... "a beer".

And I remembered this, and to come here to say that it is possible to orders just a beer. Maybe you all only go to fancy bars with many different kinds, but there are bars with only one kind of beer, usually because it's a small bar and they get a good deal from the brand. Sometimes, they have different kinds, but if you order just a beer, they usually just give you a pilsen (that's the most popular in this country). People who want something specific just ask for that. IMHO, anyway.

I haven't had a beer in a long time... I remember liking beer...

*edit*

oh, wait... pandemic... do bars exist anymore? I don't know...

:goth:

Maybe where you live, but in the US it's either Budweiser or Pabst Blue Ribbon!
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Metacell posted:
ukimalefu posted:
Metacell posted:

Everybody orders "a beer."



So I'm watching this show, and they're in a bar, and this girl orders... "a beer".

And I remembered this, and to come here to say that it is possible to orders just a beer. Maybe you all only go to fancy bars with many different kinds, but there are bars with only one kind of beer, usually because it's a small bar and they get a good deal from the brand. Sometimes, they have different kinds, but if you order just a beer, they usually just give you a pilsen (that's the most popular in this country). People who want something specific just ask for that. IMHO, anyway.

I haven't had a beer in a long time... I remember liking beer...

*edit*

oh, wait... pandemic... do bars exist anymore? I don't know...

:goth:

Maybe where you live, but in the US it's either Budweiser or Pabst Blue Ribbon!


Hard seltzer is becoming even more popular.

Depending on which part of the city I am in, it could be all sorts of options for beer, Schlitz, Steel Reserve, Old English, or High Life.
Metacell Chocolate Brahma
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ukimalefu posted:
Metacell posted:

Everybody orders "a beer."



So I'm watching this show, and they're in a bar, and this girl orders... "a beer".

And I remembered this, and to come here to say that it is possible to orders just a beer. Maybe you all only go to fancy bars with many different kinds, but there are bars with only one kind of beer, usually because it's a small bar and they get a good deal from the brand. Sometimes, they have different kinds, but if you order just a beer, they usually just give you a pilsen (that's the most popular in this country). People who want something specific just ask for that. IMHO, anyway.

I haven't had a beer in a long time... I remember liking beer...

*edit*

oh, wait... pandemic... do bars exist anymore? I don't know...

:goth:

Oddly enough, liquor sales have been soaring here since the pandemic began.
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ukimalefu posted:
Metacell posted:

Everybody orders "a beer."



So I'm watching this show, and they're in a bar, and this girl orders... "a beer".

And I remembered this, and to come here to say that it is possible to orders just a beer. Maybe you all only go to fancy bars with many different kinds, but there are bars with only one kind of beer, usually because it's a small bar and they get a good deal from the brand. Sometimes, they have different kinds, but if you order just a beer, they usually just give you a pilsen (that's the most popular in this country). People who want something specific just ask for that. IMHO, anyway.

I haven't had a beer in a long time... I remember liking beer...

*edit*

oh, wait... pandemic... do bars exist anymore? I don't know...

:goth:
They had a pop-up food stand in front of my apartment complex last week. They sold schnitzel and sandwiches and pretzels and all kinds of German stuff.

And they sold beer.

Buy a meal and a side, and get a free pretzel and a beer.

So I ordered a meal and a side, and got the free pretzel. I know relatively little about which beers are considered good quality, so I just asked for a recommendation.

:shrug:

Seems like the same thing as "ordering a beer" to me.
Metacell Chocolate Brahma
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That's like ordering your first legal drink in a bar when you're of age and don't know what any of the drinks are. Yeah, it happens. Once in a lifetime.
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Metacell posted:
That's like ordering your first legal drink in a bar when you're of age and don't know what any of the drinks are. Yeah, it happens. Once in a lifetime.



By the time I could order my first legal beer in a bar I was a fairly seasoned drinker.

When I was 17 the drinking age was 18--then it went to 19 for a brief period, then about a year later it went to 21. One of those times they grandfathered in the people that were legal, so I didn't necessarily need to look 21, I just had to pass for 2 years older--I think.
I forget the details because of all the teenage drinking.
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Séamas posted:
Metacell posted:
That's like ordering your first legal drink in a bar when you're of age and don't know what any of the drinks are. Yeah, it happens. Once in a lifetime.



By the time I could order my first legal beer in a bar I was a fairly seasoned drinker.

When I was 17 the drinking age was 18--then it went to 19 for a brief period, then about a year later it went to 21. One of those times they grandfathered in the people that were legal, so I didn't necessarily need to look 21, I just had to pass for 2 years older--I think.
I forget the details because of all the teenage drinking.

I got to celebrate my "first legal drink" 3 times. Once when I turned 18 which was the legal age in Wi at the time. Then at 19 because that was the drinking age in Illinois and then when I turned 21 because that was the age in Cali where I had moved to.
I had been a regular at the bar I hung at for a good year and when I claimed my free pitcher of birthday beer, as was the custom at this bar, the bar tender laughed his ass off when he looked at my ID and discovered he had been serving me under age for over a year.
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