This seems to be commonplace in action TV series in movies: our hero talks to the villain, there is some exposition and instead of facing each other as civilised people tend to do, the villain will face the window (somewhat understandable), a picture on the wall (manners, villain), or the dark empty corner of the room (who would do that?).
Last example I have seen was in SPECTRE, where I remember characters like Oberhauser or Max/C going out of their way to show their back to Bond or M. Avengers are common offenders, they will routinely talk to the back of someone. Richelieu (Peter Capaldi) in the BBC series The Three Muskeeters seemed to take delight in showing his cape to people while talking. That's a few random examples.
I have noticed that for many years now, and every time it happens it makes me cringe, as it feels so unnatural (and it happens more and more). Is there any reason why this has developed so much? Does it come from theatre where both actors may have to face the audience?
I understand the basic goal of the scene, to make it more dramatic or ominous but I think the effect achieved is counter-productive, so I'm looking for a more detailed explanation if anyone has one.