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RE: A career in film: destroying the magic of films for... - 11/6/2012 4:46:28 PM   
st3veebee


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Here's another opinion then: from the good doctor Kermode. He says that if a film is praised for the background detail or landscape being beautiful: that is just code for it being boring. If you aren't pay ing attention to the characters rimaril, surely the film isn't engaging you enough?

And should every film be studied the same way? Should I take the same approach to watching Back to the Future as 2001?

(Btw, I'm paraphrasing Kermode of course, I think it's in his first book.)

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RE: A career in film: destroying the magic of films for... - 11/6/2012 7:53:53 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: st3veebee

Here's another opinion then: from the good doctor Kermode. He says that if a film is praised for the background detail or landscape being beautiful: that is just code for it being boring. If you aren't pay ing attention to the characters rimaril, surely the film isn't engaging you enough?


Not sure how this relates to the initial point, but yes, a pretty looking dull film is still a dull film.

On a related point I don't think all films should be judged primarily on character tho, as that implies that film is solely about narrative and character, which it isn't.

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And should every film be studied the same way? Should I take the same approach to watching Back to the Future as 2001?


It depends on the theoretical approach adopted by the student. I approach all films from the point of view as an auteurist, as thats the theoretical approach I've adopted. So, I'd consider BTTF as a work by Robert Zemeckis in the same way that I'd approach 2001 as a film within the Stanley Kubrick filmography. Different people have different schools of thought tho. Ultimately its about approaching a film how you want to.

It's interesting that you're quoting Kermode btw, who is of course an academic, and whose work is driven by an academic mindset. He's a great example of someone who makes film academia accessible (and acceptable) to the masses. Kinda like how someone like Bryan Cox does with science, or how Stephen Fry does with just about everything.

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RE: A career in film: destroying the magic of films for... - 12/6/2012 3:20:28 PM   
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Just reading back over my posts I realise I was slightly drifting off my original point (I have a habit of doing that).

Interestingly enough I just flicked through the Reasons I love cinema thread and I would say that most of the posts are either character/musical/narrative driven. I guess what I originally meant with this thread was that the absolute best elements of cinema are just the simple images/lines/songs/sounds that you really can't explain as to why they are so incredible, and if you can, you realise how simple the reason is that you love them.

Finding out more information on films such as background information, on set stories/production issues and the evolution of the idea to the final film can add to your appreciation of a film but I think that overthinking as to why certain moments in film are so fantastic is irrelevant. Something primal just resonates with the viewer, and I just don't want to compromise that.

(Also the idea of intellectual regurgitating robots telling me exactly why I love a particular moment in a film, which has happened in my class, does my head in..|I do love certain parts of the course obviously though!)

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RE: A career in film: destroying the magic of films for... - 12/6/2012 11:32:07 PM   
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The one thing that has almost infringed upon my viewing of certain films is the old "never meet your heroes" adage. On the festival circuit last year one director in particular was a real bastard, it was actually rather heartbreaking to be treated that way by someone I formerly admired very much, but ultimately the work stood for itself when it came to evaluating it, and the film being represented by the horrible director still made it in to my top ten of the year. It works the other way too, in that I'm reluctant to praise highly the films with which I've had a great experience with the director or cast of (Black Swan, A Dangerous Method, anything with George Clooney involved).

At the top of the weird pile for me sits one of the New Hollywood guys: I'm a massive fan of his work, but he's sued a really good friend of mine several times now, and I'm struggling to see beyond that in a way. He hasn't made a film for a while now, and not since all this shit really kicked off, but I'm worried about how I'll respond to his upcoming film (which I'm really eager to see still).

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RE: A career in film: destroying the magic of films for... - 13/6/2012 10:31:35 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: adambatman82

The one thing that has almost infringed upon my viewing of certain films is the old "never meet your heroes" adage. On the festival circuit last year one director in particular was a real bastard, it was actually rather heartbreaking to be treated that way by someone I formerly admired very much, but ultimately the work stood for itself when it came to evaluating it, and the film being represented by the horrible director still made it in to my top ten of the year. It works the other way too, in that I'm reluctant to praise highly the films with which I've had a great experience with the director or cast of (Black Swan, A Dangerous Method, anything with George Clooney involved).

At the top of the weird pile for me sits one of the New Hollywood guys: I'm a massive fan of his work, but he's sued a really good friend of mine several times now, and I'm struggling to see beyond that in a way. He hasn't made a film for a while now, and not since all this shit really kicked off, but I'm worried about how I'll respond to his upcoming film (which I'm really eager to see still).


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RE: A career in film: destroying the magic of films for... - 13/6/2012 9:05:03 PM   
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I think there are some valid points here, but for me I think viewing a film is quite a personal experience. For me, a film should fulfil it's most basic purpose - it should tell a story and tell it well. I can forgive a film a lot if it tells a good story.
It may well be that the film has exceptional elements, whatever they may be, and they will hopefully add to the overall experience of the film. I find that while the craft of film making itself is deeply interesting, I am a simple soul who is useless at multi tasking so if I start sectioning and seperating a film to inspect it's integral parts, it looses the magic for me. I have to fully engage and become totally involved to get the magic - I know, just selfish. . . . .
If your lucky enough to be able to both immerse yourself into the magical experience of a film and deconstruct it then hat's off to you. If I was able to do so without loosing the magic, I would love to give it a go.
I just don't have the ability, also I don't think I fit the type according to this post, as I am not a pony tail wearing, wanking, arsehole, oooh you cynical lot you

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RE: A career in film: destroying the magic of films for... - 18/6/2012 1:20:43 PM   
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Went and saw Jaws with my film group last Friday, and bloody loved it of course, but noticed anoother event upon leaving. We were all discussing certain scenes and tryin gto incorporate some of the original Novel ideas on what the Shark symbolises in this compared the that and yadda yadda (was quite interesting in fairness, and we had started on this before it started) when a boy and his father walked by;

Dad: " Love that film, what did ya think?"

Boy ( after a few seconds, almost too exicted to make out words) "I...........I think it's my favourite film"

The dad just smiled.




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RE: A career in film: destroying the magic of films for... - 18/6/2012 1:26:34 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: st3veebee

Went and saw Jaws with my film group last Friday, and bloody loved it of course, but noticed anoother event upon leaving. We were all discussing certain scenes and tryin gto incorporate some of the original Novel ideas on what the Shark symbolises in this compared the that and yadda yadda (was quite interesting in fairness, and we had started on this before it started) when a boy and his father walked by;

Dad: " Love that film, what did ya think?"

Boy ( after a few seconds, almost too exicted to make out words) "I...........I think it's my favourite film"

The dad just smiled.





Sounds abit young to see Jaws.
He'd be having nightmares tonight.HAHAHAHA.

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RE: A career in film: destroying the magic of films for... - 18/6/2012 2:20:27 PM   
st3veebee


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I guess he could have been around 12. Never even occurred to me as i saw Jaws when I was about 6! Still don't like the sea.....

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