Saturday, February 27, 2010
"Let's Go to the Show."
For one thing the previews are horrible conglomerations of flashing pictures with extremely loud sound effects and music. At the end of these "trailers" I usually haven't the slightest clue what the movie is about. They try and bolster their offerings by printing things about the director and previous movies I haven't seen either. I used to think the movie sound tracks weren't played as loudly as the previews, but I think my ears are numbed sufficiently by the time the main feature comes on it just doesn't seem as loud. I used to look at the posters lining the walls advertising coming attractions for new possibilities, but the content of most today is so absurd, I don't even bother. I do recognize most of the younger actors from mug shots, rehab photos, paparazzi offerings, and clips of left wing political rants.
I don't mind a little social commentary (even if I don't feel it necessary) if it is done subtly. Most of the movies in the line up today are "in your face" kinds of support for all sorts of aberrant life styles and baseless political philosophies. I know that my late afternoon senior priced tickets aren't going to make you rich, but if a lot of "boomers, a.k.a. white hairs" quit showing up, it might mean you have to go to the government run county rehabs.
It's all about being real today. Cinematographers are masters at creating the correct lighting for every situation, but for my money, scenes shot in darkness would better serve the audience if there were enough light to see who or what was in the shot. Voices talking from the darkness just don't get it, especially if there is also action going on. Then there is the flashing of a plethora of blinding snippets of different scenes in succession. I'm sure my opinion of the new special effects is not in vogue, but it definitely requires less of the stunt men when you only see them for a Nano-second.
I know my hearing is going, but even with the vibrating blasts of combined sound effects, musical score, and dialogue, I still don't know what the actors are saying half the time. They must be teaching the mumbling technique in acting school these days. Put the mumbling together with a musical score being played louder than the conversations and you have, "No need for a script."
So, my conclusion is "don't go." I really enjoy many of the young actors, until they use their entertainment platform to support life styles I can't and won't condone. At that point it really doesn't matter how good their movies are, I won't lend my financial support to their artistic efforts. I'll bet very few of them read "Pappy's Place" so it is probably an effort in futility.
If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
- Marlon Brando