Sunday, June 29, 2008

Tired Movie Titles

There are a couple of movie naming techniques that are so played-out, you wish people would just stop.

One is to take an "-ing" verb and then add a noun, especially a proper noun. The approach is especially popular with a woman's name ("Chasing Amy," "Guarding Tess," "Kissing Jessica Stein"). Note: A lot of people refer to these as gerund titles, but I don't think that's quite accurate. A gerund is a verb that becomes a noun by adding "-ing." For instance, "The Taking of the Pelham 123" -- that's a gerund. "Kissing Jessica Stein" -- not a noun, I would say. The subject of the predicate is just implied.

The other titling approach I hate is to say, "The Secret Life of..." ("The Secret Lives of Dentists," "The Secret Lives of Altar Boys," "The Secret Life of Bees.")

Today I saw two different posters that trotted out awful versions of these names. "Finding Amanda" and some show on ABC called "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."

Enough already!