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  • n. Plural form of setpiece.

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Examples

  • Don't make me laugh; there is no narrative, just a series of action setpieces strung together with sundry MacGuffins and wisps of back story.

    Anne Billson on three-act structure

  • Why not just serve up three action setpieces with chapter headings, the way Quentin Tarantino sidestepped the pesky narrative-flow problem in Inglourious Basterds?

    Anne Billson on three-act structure

  • Two of the most shocking setpieces are Macmillan's decision in 1930 for reasons of long-term personal political ambition not to allow his unfaithful wife Dorothy a divorce, and 32 years later his treacherous sacking of his loyal but unpopular chancellor, Selwyn Lloyd.

    Supermac: The Life of Harold Macmillan by DR Thorpe – review

  • Scott manages to balance the first two hours of the movie between epic setpieces (though he uses one too many swooping computer-generated landscape shots) and personal exchanges between the main characters.

    Movie Review: Robin Hood » Scene-Stealers

  • Perhaps the finest postwar American writer (in my view) is Stanley Elkin, whose work is relentlessly comic in an almost vaudevillian way, and which implicitly includes within its comic purview Elkin's own hyperactive, gloriously excessive style, its at times ridiculously extended tropes and setpieces offered up as the focus of laughter in and of themselves.

    Comedy in Literature

  • At any rate I hope the film has an interesting story and that it's more than just some setpieces with crunching metal beasties.

    Number 9, Number 9

  • That s because there s barely anything else of interest amidst the standard-issue action setpieces.

    Marshall Fine: HuffPost Review: Season of the Witch

  • That's because there's barely anything else of interest amidst the standard-issue action setpieces.

    Marshall Fine: HuffPost Review: Season of the Witch

  • Zack Snyder has proven himself to be a strong, even innovative, stylist and a good director of action setpieces.

    Watchmen: Director’s Cut » DVDs Worth Watching

  • The action setpieces look very similar to me, especially the final clip with the A-Team running down the glass building and escaping on a helicopter.

    The A-Team Movie Trailer #2 | /Film

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