I hate the Half Life method of doing cut-scenes: here, someone will talk at you, but we will give you control of your character and the camera.

The problem being, when a game gives me control, I feel like I'm meant to be doing something. Which isn't the case. I can't actually accomplish anything in a HL cut-scene. And the characters fail to react at all to anything I do.

I'm totally fine with a game taking control away from me if there's no point to me having that control.