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  • Drake/Dracula in Blade: Trinity visits a goth store soon after he is reawakened from his slumber. He is so disgusted by the sight of what the goths think reflects the nature of vampires that he ends up killing the two clerks managing the store.
  • The deliciously silly DEBS starts with a spy organisation being briefed that supervillain and mass murderess Lucy Diamond is back in town and has been revealed to be meeting with a notorious Russian assassin at a local restaurant. It's a blind date.
  • The murderous anti-hero protagonists of The Devils Rejects stop to get ice cream in one scene.
  • The Godfather opens with a mafia wedding, though the top members of the mob are still working. Later, we see Don Corleone out shopping for oranges, which is only shown because it immediately precedes a mob ambush.
    • He is also shown growing the tomatoes and playing with his grandson in scenes that have no relations to mafia or crime whatsoever.
  • The Proposition reveals what irredeemably evil outlaws do in their spare time: recite poetry and sing folk tunes.
  • Quentin Tarantino loves this trope:
    • The crooks in Reservoir Dogs discuss music, film, old phone numbers and the morality of tipping before leaving to commit a diamond heist.
    • Pulp Fiction is mostly about all the things that crooks chat about before, during and after their criminal exploits. One of the most famous scenes involves Jules and Vince discussing fast food nomenclature in Europe.
    • Jackie Brown is essentially a meditation on growing older wrapped in a caper plot.
    • Kill Bill has a couple of points where members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are shown after they give up their life of assassination: getting married, working as a bouncer at a local nightclub, and raising a daughter. This is between assassination attempts and bone crunching ninja mayhem.
    • In Death Proof, Stuntman Mike gobbles nachos and gabs about the film industry before he goes on his murderous rampage.
    • The 4th chapter of Inglourious Basterds has a bunch of Nazi soldiers at a pub, drinking and playing pub games to celebrate the birth of a private's son. The main heist involves ambushing Nazis who are attending a movie screening.
    • In From Dusk Till Dawn, the bar scene can be seen as that with the Gecko Brothers and their hostages as they are casually enjoying shots. Of course this is long before said bar goes on a vampiric rampage.
  • In Mr. Brooks, Earl Brooks and his imaginary friend Marshall work on crosswords while on the lookout for potential victims.
  • It Happened Here (1966). A montage shows German soldiers playing tourist in Nazi-occupied London, mixing with the locals and chatting up girls.
    • While filming in London, a group of Bundeswehr panzer officers were surprised to see the World War II-era costumed soldiers. They inspected the extras, and pronounced their uniforms "absolutely correct."
  • Boyz n the Hood. After Ricky's murder, Doughboy and his friends set out to find and kill those responsible. When they finally find Ricky's killers, they're... eating dinner and having casual conversation at a fast-food joint. Cue drive-by.
  • In the original version of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, when he isn't issuing threats or demands, Mr. Blue passes the time while waiting in the hijacked subway car for the delivery of the ransom by...doing a crossword puzzle.
  • Due to how The Hunger Games is told from the first-person perspective, there isn't a lot of time to show what the bad guys are doing. The film invokes this by showing President Snow taking a break from having the districts' children fight to the death by tending to his rose garden.
  • Professor Moriarty gets a few of these in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Holmes first meets him at Cambridge, where he is helping a student. Later, we see him on a lecture tour and signing copies of his book. Not to mention, horror of horrors... feeding pigeons!
  • In one scene, Mickey Cohen in Gangster Squad arrives at the aftermath of one of the squad's attacks, having been interrupted in the nefarious crime of walking his dog.
  • The Djinn of Wishmaster goes shopping for a suit in the first film. It's not used used to humanize him however, as he simply uses the opportunity to Kick the Dog one more time by condemning some poor clerk to another horrific fate.
  • Tombstone: When the travelling show comes to town, The Cowboys show up en masse, and seem to have a genuinely good time and be very appreciative of the performance. They even give Fabian a standing ovation for his rendition of the S:t Crispin's Day speech.
  • In The Beastmaster 2 Arklon and Lyranna take a break from evil antics to go clothes shopping. They both really get into it.
  • In Captain America: The First Avenger, when they first meet, Red Skull tells Steve that he's a great fan of his films.
  • In the film version of Night Watch, Zabulon is shown regularly relaxing with a fighting game. Subverted as he's actually using it as a medium for divination, predicting and influencing how certain fights will go in the future.
  • In Red Dawn (1984), the first Soviet soldiers that the teens kill are out taking pics of the national monument and landscape.
  • The Sweeney (2012): The meeting of career criminals Regan takes as a planning session for robbery is, in fact, a barbeque, and the attendees know nothing about the Big Bad's plans. Said villain set this (and them) up as a deliberate distraction from the gang that is actually going to commit robbery.

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