Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Quote of the Day

"Do I have to tell you what everything in the picture means? Can't you just experience it?"
--Stanley Kubrick

James Beaton just used this quote in his comment to one of my posts. I couldn't agree more with James' comment. Very well written. Additionally, I adore that Kubrick quote! Moreover, the Kubrick quote, in my mind, is related to a difference of opinion I often have with Chrisy as it relates to films. I'd like to paraphrase the Kubrick quote this way:

"Do I have to tell you what happens in this narrative after the picture ends? Can't you just connect your own dots?"
--Doah Lynd

Usually, when a film is over and the ending just "hangs there," I will tend to love the movie whereas Chrisy tends to be frustrated and feel cheated. She's not wrong; rather, we're just different in that way. I love movies that don't tell me what everything means or how everything turns out. For example, the great John Sayles film LIMBO is one of my many favorites. Many people (not just my wife) had an audible gasp or actually said, "Is that all there is?" when it ended. I loved it! I wanted to applaud. I'm sure you can think of other films that ended that way, they're kind of like the Beatles song, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" on Abbey Road in that they just seem to "cut-off" abruptly.

Similarly, as it would natrually follow, there are many times I could have enjoyed a film much more if they didn't keep going, and going, spoon feeding me every little detail. There are many examples, but the most obvious for me is the Robert Zemeckis picture, CAST AWAY. I loved that movie, until the last chunk, then I took off 2 stars from it's rating because it had to lay-out everything for me, tie it up with a nice cookie-cutter ending! There's a moment when Hanks is finally on raft and he's asleep and he is awaken by a big ship. Rescued! We know that "rescued" is the implication. That's where I would have rolled credits. That would have been a 5 star film to me.

At any rate, I think Kubrick was a genius filmmaker and I love that quote. It really got me thinking. I love to fill in the canvas in my mind. Movies that allow me to do that are often among my favorites.

Labels: , ,

5 Comments:

Blogger Chrisy said...

Doah,
I love you and I know that you love me as well. I am glad that you are writing again and that it makes you happy. Love always,
Chrisy

8:35 AM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

tiffany and co, polo outlet, nike air max, replica watches, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton, tory burch outlet, nike air max, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton outlet, nike outlet, prada handbags, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin, michael kors outlet store, kate spade outlet, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, burberry outlet, christian louboutin shoes, uggs outlet, jordan shoes, chanel handbags, replica watches, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, ugg boots, nike free, ray ban sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin uk, oakley sunglasses wholesale, gucci handbags, michael kors outlet, tiffany jewelry, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet, burberry handbags, michael kors outlet online, uggs on sale, ugg boots, prada outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet online, uggs outlet

7:00 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

true religion jeans, nike air max, true religion outlet, burberry pas cher, vans pas cher, oakley pas cher, coach outlet, nike air force, polo ralph lauren, new balance, michael kors pas cher, timberland pas cher, sac hermes, longchamp pas cher, north face uk, nike air max uk, michael kors, michael kors, nike roshe run uk, ralph lauren uk, hollister uk, hollister pas cher, sac longchamp pas cher, air max, nike air max uk, nike tn, converse pas cher, true religion outlet, guess pas cher, ray ban pas cher, jordan pas cher, nike roshe, nike free uk, louboutin pas cher, nike free run, north face, ray ban uk, polo lacoste, mulberry uk, sac vanessa bruno, lululemon canada, hogan outlet, true religion outlet, coach outlet store online, abercrombie and fitch uk, nike blazer pas cher, michael kors outlet, coach purses

7:05 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

valentino shoes, nike air max, hollister clothing, ghd hair, vans, soccer shoes, timberland boots, longchamp uk, ferragamo shoes, converse outlet, ralph lauren, nike air max, herve leger, mcm handbags, celine handbags, converse, nike roshe run, bottega veneta, jimmy choo outlet, baseball bats, chi flat iron, louboutin, vans outlet, hollister, hollister, north face outlet, new balance shoes, oakley, asics running shoes, mac cosmetics, wedding dresses, babyliss, mont blanc pens, abercrombie and fitch, ray ban, giuseppe zanotti outlet, north face outlet, lululemon, gucci, iphone 6 cases, instyler, beats by dre, reebok outlet, nfl jerseys, hermes belt, p90x workout, insanity workout, soccer jerseys

7:20 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

swarovski crystal, michael kors outlet, michael kors handbags, moncler, replica watches, juicy couture outlet, coach outlet, moncler, moncler uk, thomas sabo, doke gabbana, louis vuitton, ugg uk, montre pas cher, links of london, louis vuitton, moncler, supra shoes, canada goose outlet, michael kors outlet online, canada goose, pandora jewelry, wedding dresses, doudoune moncler, canada goose, karen millen uk, barbour, louis vuitton, lancel, swarovski, moncler outlet, barbour uk, ugg pas cher, pandora uk, marc jacobs, canada goose jackets, canada goose outlet, pandora charms, canada goose uk, moncler outlet, canada goose, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, pandora jewelry, juicy couture outlet, louis vuitton, hollister, moncler, ugg, toms shoes, louis vuitton, canada goose outlet

7:26 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home