I have to admit I'm extremely tempted.
Thread: Random Thought Thread
08-15-2013, 07:27 AM #36131
08-15-2013, 09:49 AM #36132
discussion on formulaic movie plots we were having with @SD45T-2. I have loved Peanuts for a long time. It reminds me a bit of this review of Somewhere I was reading which talks about another kind of sameness in holywood that connects, I think, to the self-esteem boosting paradigm.
One of William Goldman's best ever essays was about why most plays were about putting on a play. He didn't have to account for the poverty of ideas that led to Broadway about Broadway, because it was obvious — people who spent their entire lives in theater naturally had no other life experience to draw on. Somerset Maugham's edict to write what you know is among the dumbest pieces of advice ever given about writing, and it has recently become more harmful than even he realized. The maxim of 'write what you know' is revolting self-help propaganda: you're good enough, you don't need to keep learning, your experience of the world is valid and complete in itself.
The number of possible life experiences is dwindling. Eventually we will all have one life experience, distinguishable only in small moments not accounted for by communal art. What draws divergent backgrounds into the Americam amalgam is the shared experience of life reflected in art, but the people who create this perception in the film medium are drastically limited by their own surroundings. The last thing you have to do is start making films about people markedly different from yourself, but the first thing you have to do is stop making films about people identical to yourself.
I kind of disagree with disparaging people to write what they know, because I think most people are already creatively backed up as it is, and its important to start somewhere, but I can understand the frustration with Hollywood's love for insider movies. But that line about you're good enough does make me think about the refrain of the magic feather movies and the generation to whom its being sold.
Too much optimism can warp a person and there is definitely a power of negative thinking, but of course too much rumination on negativity is disabling (I can testify) and balance is preferable.
08-15-2013, 09:51 AM #36133
We also watched and enjoyed the other Studio Ghibli movies such as Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, The Cat Returns, Porco Rosso, and Spirited Away (though it scared my younger child a bit the first time- it's quite a bit darker than Kiki or Totoro), and as a teen my daughter has loved Princess Mononoke but it's not really a kids' movie. I'd also recommend Pom Poko, if for no other reason than it features raccoons with shape-shifting ballsacks and still manages to be a good kids' movie.
08-15-2013, 11:19 AM #36134
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small dogs, kinda tend to be vulnerable and reliant for love and affection. if their dog is bright and cheerful, than you are in the company of a good person but fearful than you are dealing with someone who has many issues and its best to walk away, with the dog if possible"I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine. "
08-15-2013, 11:53 AM #36135
08-15-2013, 12:17 PM #36136
Yesterday our sister office gave us free leftover Panera sandwiches for lunch, and today the Jimmy John's guy dropped off free mini-sandwich samples. I couldn't eat either of them. What a sad day!
08-15-2013, 12:22 PM #36137
08-15-2013, 12:43 PM #36138
08-15-2013, 01:01 PM #36139
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I kind of disagree with disparaging people to write what they know, because I think most people are already creatively backed up as it is, and its important to start somewhere, but I can understand the frustration with Hollywood's love for insider movies.
But that line about you're good enough does make me think about the refrain of the magic feather movies and the generation to whom its being sold.
My grandfather, my eldest living direct ancestor, was 11 when Dumbo came out; my mother was 13 when A Boy Named Charlie Brown hit screens. Hardly the sort of stuff aimed at today's kids, or us for that matter. In a roundabout way it ties into what I said about Snyder's "screenwriting book that has taken over Hollywood": this is nothing new. Formulaic maybe, but not new. These are very old ideas wrapped in superficially new packages.
I wonder if screenwriters write from the point of view that they're selling the idea that kids can do anything, or if they're pushed, or maybe even coerced, into writing these stories because that's what they believe (or the studio marketing dept. believes) kids want to hear.
08-15-2013, 01:02 PM #36140
Now all I want to do is go get fucked up.Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
- Edmund Burke