Saturday, December 19, 2009

On putting movies behind us

Surprisingly powerful love letter video created by a fan, posted on the TOH blog.

With the music and the cutting this expresses, I suspect, the way a lot of people who attend movies frequently experience the medium these days: less as a series of discreet beginning/middle/end stories than as one big continuous wash of images and emotions.

People who are repelled by movies can find ammunition here. But so can fans who get impatient with critics. Because the nits that could be picked from any small portion of this are so much less important than the exhilaration of riding the wave.


Tulkinghorn said...

Watch with the sound off and listen with no pictures. Let me know which works better for you.

Then we can really talk about the exhilaration of riding the wave.

Generic said...

Not even sure what you mean. Response for the sake of response?

Tulkinghorn said...


The effectiveness of that 'love letter' is hugely due to the effective cutting of the clips to the music. The music without the clips gets the same response as the clips with the music. The clips without the music get almost no response, because the clips themselves are almost content-free and resonance-free.

Matt Damon stomping through an office? This is supposed to signify what?

Tennant as the Doctor gets a much bigger response, no? Without cheezy antemic pop to boost the adrenaline.

I am indicating that you've been fooled (in much the same way that many movie fans are fooled) by a slick package meaning nothing.

Generic said...

There was a pinch of irony in the post that you seem to have missed. Or chose to ignore. Perhaps because there are certain buttons you kind if enjoy having pushed, even if on occasion you have to push them yourself. Isn't there a word for that, pushing your own buttons?

Tulkinghorn said...

I certainly missed the irony and would immensely enjoy a straightforward setting forth of what you actually meant.

Tulkinghorn said...


You are the master and deserve an apology for my hasty reading. Let me see if I understand:

"People who like their movies with a lot of noisy, heavily edited, washes of images and emotions probably experience them as set forth here.

In a way, you have to admire this and there's certainly nothing that the likes of me can do to talk them out of it."

Christian Lindke said...

Of course most movies without sound are crap, and many movies can be listened to and still make complete sense.