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Friday, October 28. 2016
So, movies are important. We talked a little about one movie yesterday, and it elicited a discussion of many. What do movies mean?
Movies are stories. Some people think movies and other forms of visual entertainment like TV shows are inferior to reading books. I think that's sort of true. If your mind is forced to picture something that has been transmitted to you by the written word, the gray-matter horsepower it takes to make the picture in your head improves its effect somehow. Even a story spoken to you is like that a little. Having all the visual work done for you dulls the effect. It attenuates other effects, though. It's a form of mind control. You'll see my story the way I want it seen, or you won't see it at all.
It's the same for writing. Writing a word with a pencil on paper makes you understand it better than selecting it on a tablet computer. That's one of 6,176,158 reasons why is our children not learning.
Movies aren't more sophisticated than text. I think movies are actually closer to the normal way our pit-scratching, mammoth-pestering ancestors communicated ideas and feelings. The parts that work are a throwback. A pantomime by the firelight. Show, not tell. Or at least, tell, not labor over commas. People are affected by movies and television. Or more to the point, people are influenced by movies and TV.
There's a reason why everyone wears their hair like Laura Petrie one day and talks like Dirty Harry the next. There's a reason why the same people we used to treat like lowlifes -- because they are -- get made into griots and petty Caesars, raised on a pedestal of their residuals. There's a reason why colleges had toga parties in the early sixties, and then again in the eighties when Animal House reminded everyone of reminding everyone about sword and sandal epics like Ben-Hur. Our behavior, mores, speech, and appearance are affected by what we see on the screen. Unfortunately, right now, what we see is pandaemonium.
Let's see what Pandora's up to these days:
Wow, there are actual male humans on that list. I thought it would be Audrey Hepburn 10 times. It's a little light on Clint Eastwood, though, isn't it? You had to wear Dirty Harry glasses in the '70s. It was like a law.
Mel Gibson must be rehabilitated because he makes money in Hollywood. He kisses their ring, and they kiss his ass. Simple, really.
Go figure. Kevin Costner's name in the same sentence as "fraud." Must be a day that ends in Y. Of course, he's on the receiving end for a change, instead of the audience. He always sounds like he's reading a phone book with a bite from a peanut butter and Seconal sandwich in his mouth to my ear.
Like I said yesterday, "Four Dozen Julia Roberts Legal Thrillers You May Have Missed."
Oh, brother. That little piece of purple prose is appended to a ranking of the best 6-second video clips on a defunct service cancelled by a soon to be forgotten caterwauling service. That's Remembrance of Things Past to a Millennial.
Well, that's the links for today. Vote for the best pair of sunglasses in the movies in the comments.
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No "Iconic Sunglasses" list without Steve McQueen, is NO list at all!
Steve McQueen can not be my choice. Covering those gorgeous eyes with sunglasses is unwise. Tom Cruise rocks the aviators...but so do all the real pilots the look is based on.
Why Filmmakers Are Obsessed With World War II Movies Right Now
As an author, I am not a passive tv or movie watcher. Not everyone just sits there dumbly and ingests what is shown them.
Ask my husband. I pick tv shows and movies that have my guessing where the plot will go, thinking about motives of characters, etc. I'm actively engaged in using my creative brain while watching.
Years ago, I used to email with a co-worker about "24." Every episode I would give her my detailed breakdown of what I thought would happen next, who would be the 'bad guy' or some side story that seemed to be developing.
TV and movie viewing is not 'dumb' entertainment for me.
That doesn't even cover the number of documentary-style shows I watch to learn about the world and people.
Movies are short stories.
On occasion, a filmmaker can get the depth of a novel into two hours, but in general, they are short stories. Short stories can be quite good, but they are different than more in depth writing.
Re: Mel Gibson. Everyone has an opinion, some opinions are offensive (I am offended by BLM and consider them blatantly racist). I see nothing wrong with being offended by what someone says or does and choosing to dislike them or boycott them (I boycott Jane Fonda for what she has said and done). I like Mel Gibson and I'm sad that he seems to be an alcoholic who chooses to run his mouth when he is drunk. I also recognize that he was 'played' by a gold digger who took advantage of his drunkeness and provoked him to say things while being recorded. Mel has to live with what he has said, it's not my problem.
So therefore I vote for Braveheart as one of the best movies. Of course my Scottish heritage has nothing to do with my choice.
I read Every Marvel Movie as "Every Marcel Marceau Movie" and unto myself sayeth, "Right that cannot BE."
Guardians of the Galaxy is the best of the Marvel flicks. Amazing as a buddy film, romance, action flick, superhero flick, cartoon flick, and moral cautionary tale.
Plus we all wish we too, were Groot.
Second Hand Lions filled that niche for me...great storytelling.
It is certainly surprizing to see Joan Collins in a new movie but I hope it does well. The story sounds about right for her age.
She wasn't regarded as a comic actress but who cared?
A list of "iconic movie sunglasses" which leaves off The Blues Brothers is a laughable fraud.
Mel Gibson is very popular with below-the-line film crews, because he works very hard, has a sense of humor and makes good films (so is his sometime defender, Jodie Foster.) Execs and suits are more worried about their reputations within the show biz community than anything else, even the bottom line.
Iconic Movie Sunglasses:
The prison guard from Cool Hand Luke - aka the man with no eyes.
Morgan Woodward - Boss Godfrey, AKA The Man With No Eyes. First one I thought of - right after Arnold in the Terminator 2, the fight scene where the guard hits him in the face and knocks his glasses askew and he just gives her a disgusted look?
I got excited when I saw the link to sunglasses by a Venice optometrist. Reckoned this would be simply awesome. Queue total disappointment when it turned out to be Venice California not Venice Italy. Oh well.
Iconic Movie Sunglasses:
Of course Audrey Hepburn is number one. Second place goes to Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as "The Blues Brothers."
Peter Fonda's sunglasses in Easy Rider, now they were pretty cool. Also Jack Nicholson's football helmet.