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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A Few (Not So) Quick Thoughts

I've decided that I'm slightly changing the format of my looks at movies. Instead of just discussing a movie, like everyone else, I'm going to try to use my posts to focus on a single aspect of a film. After all, you can get a person's thoughts on a movie anywhere these days, and my opinion is probably thrown in there somewhere as well, just written by someone else. I believe that, in this new age of media coverage, we should use our words to enhance each others' viewings. I want to point you to the editing in Manhattan so that you'll appreciate it even more. I want to look at the opening music of Spartacus and try to make it more than just another chapter you'll skip over in your DVD. I've been trying to implement this in my last few pieces, but I'm going to work at doing this more than just straight film writing. I will occasionally slip back to a more traditional format, but I'm going to work on wrestling with the film until I can find a discernable meaning in some aspect. I hope you'll enjoy it.

I love Blog-A-Thons. They give me a chance to look at someone I've never seen, and they work as a form of union for the online film community. However, Blog-A-Thons should not just be for expressing your thoughts to someone else. They should be about expanding your own viewings on a subject, unless you really want to write about something in particular (like, say, the use of previous film music styles in Brick for a Film Music Blog-A-Thon) . For every Blog-A-Thon, I hope to either watch a film I've never seen before that falls into the category, or to draw a link between films I've never seen.

This week is Spring Break for me. I plan to watch a great number of new films, not watching anything I've seen before. So far, I've seen Shadows (So Cool), A Night at the Opera (So Funny), Day For Night (So Wonderfully Meta), Hard-Boiled (So Badass) and Safety Last! (I hope to look at The Kid Brother for the upcoming 1927 Blog-A-Thon over at goatdogblog). I hope to throw in a
thought on Safety Last!, what with the (arguably) most iconic image in silent film and all.

If I get a chance, I want to write a more traditional piece on The Secret Life of Words a film which got two weeks in one theater in December of last year, and after seeing it is in my Top 5 of last year. It deserves so much better than it got, and that's just unfair.

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Blogger Damian said...

Instead of just discussing a movie, like everyone else, I'm going to try to use my posts to focus on a single aspect of a film. After all, you can get a person's thoughts on a movie anywhere these days, and my opinion is probably thrown in there somewhere as well, just written by someone else.

See, this is why I like you, Dan, because I've been thinking the exact same thing myself.

I like your approach. In fact, I have also tried to adopt it recently. For example, rather than just writing a straight "review" of Casino Royale, I wrote about the use of elevators in it. I also wrote an entire post about Gerry Butler rather than simply expressing my thoughts on 300 (I subsequently saw an artcile at EW.COM that was very similar to my blog).

I will still probably chime in with an opinion that everyone else shares (after all, why should I be afraid to say something I think to be true just because it's already been said), but in general, like you, I'm gonna try to find something different to emphasize in the movies I choose to write about.

Incidentally, I'd be curious to hear what you think about Safety Last. I don't know if you saw it or not, but a while back I wrote a blog that touched on that iconic image.

Oh, and I'm really looking forward to reading your contribution to the Filmmusic Blog-a-thon. :)

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