Friday, June 18, 2010

not the fox and the hound

I just watched an animated feature that had to be an absolute nightmare to direct.

It allowed no comic relief, nor amusing animal sidekicks, nor even squash and stretch. Every line of dialog had to be said with either deep reverence or snarling cynicism.

And on top of that the main characters could never be shown on screen or even heard speaking. It was rather like watching a movie about the Invisible Man... if the Invisible Man had stayed in his trailer for the entire shooting schedule.

Friday, June 11, 2010

man vs. elements

I've watched two of Robert Flaherty's famous documentary features. Somehow, in "Man of Aran" (1934) he's managed to make living in Ireland look even more bleak and hopeless than living at the north pole did in "Nanook of the North" (1922).

Friday, June 04, 2010

if i were china...

... i'd invite North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and his government to some sort of friendship and solidarity gathering. After they arrive, announce that they've all decided to retire to the Gobi desert to pursue their long-neglected interest in dinosaur fossils and that they ask everyone to respect their desire for complete and perpetual privacy in this endeavor.

Then give North Korea to South Korea. Within a year the South Koreans will start agitating for the US to pull its forces out. With the North Korean threat gone and with money tight, the US would just about have to.

Two problems solved for China.