Fincher-ism - the photogram, or a fake camera shot, such as a the camera moving through the keyhole in Panic Room, or the Ikea montage in Fight Club.
Hitchcock-ism - the zoom in-dolly out, the long master shot, the odd movement (39 steps on the train platform)
Bay-isms - The overly patriotic montage from Armageddon, the ultra-slow-motion hero leaping for dear life in The Rock or Transformers, mass destruction of buildings or world monuments
In other words, the signature shots of directors. Do these call attention to the shots, thus taking away your concentration, and reminding you that you are watching a movie - or do you cheer because this is what a Michael Bay or David Fincher movie is known for.
Me? I love every second of of it.
What are your faves or what don't you like about these defining elements of films?
Spike-ism - Spike Lee likes to put push a dolly around with the subject and the camera in it. It works great for more avant-garde films like Malcom X, but in more popcorn films like Inside Man (still a good movie though) it draws too much attention to itself.