The whole obscured shot thing can be annoying too. It really got on my nerves during last week's Caprica. I was like "Hey cameraman! They're in the center of the room, why the fuck are you hiding in the corner behind some shit so we can only see half their faces! Come on! Come out! Don't be scared!"
But I do see your point. Hollywood sometimes can be too clean and too perfect so it feels more like a museum than a movie.