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Monday, January 28, 2008

Butterknife Monday

For those of you who don't know, today is the premiere of the first episode of Butterknife, Joe Swanberg's latest web series over at Spout. It stars Ronald Bronstein of Frownland fame and his wife Mary. If this first episode is any indication, then things will certainly be interesting. I say interesting because it's not quite good, but it's on its way there. It's nice to see a domestic life of a private eye not in ruins, and real interaction between a husband and wife. Instead of only seeing things from our the perspective of our unnamed hero (Ronald), we hear about Mary's day working with children at a hospital. In fact, even though Ronald is the main protagonist, we barely see from his perspective. On the contrary, we see everyone's perspective of him. Every time that he has a conversation with someone, we see Ronald almost head on, which almost makes it seem as if he's addressing the camera. The fact that he never directly addresses the camera adds a feel of a documentary to the proceedings, as if this is a talking head commentary on his everyday life. It certainly has me intrigued.

I was thinking of making Sundae Monday into Butterknife Monday as long as it's running, with video goodness interspersed throughout the rest of the week. Is that a good idea, or should I simply let chaos reign over Mondays?

BUTTERKNIFE 1: Plastic Hassle

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