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[ACT] What shows have you been watching?
I've stated my distaste for J.J. "Goddamn" Abrams before. He's a slightly more cerebral Michael "Fuckwit" Bey. They know one thing that's somewhat clever that they do well but they do not know when not to do that single, somewhat clever thing they know how to do well. For Bey it's the "heroic sweep," kind of a modern take on the Long Walk that Peckinpah created and perfected in The Wild Bunch. The heroic sweep let's the audience know that the character is resolved, will do what must be done, consequences be damned. It is also great for emphasizing action. But if it's used in almost every scene, every other shot, then it loses it's affect. When all shots are "dramatic," then no shot is dramatic. They all just bleed into each other and become indistinguishable.

For Goddamn Abrams the one somewhat clever thing is his fucking "Mystery Box." I'm sure you've seen a clip of him giving his talk with the box sitting on a stool. Bought for $12.95 or something at a magic shop in his youth, never opened, it's the basis of his entire career; "The mystery of just what's inside is what's intriguing," or some bullshit like that. So Goddamn Abrams makes movies that are or have Mystery Boxes, leaving the audience intrigued about what may be inside. The problem is Goddamn Abrams makes movies and shows about the box, not about what is inside, and when what's inside is revealed it's just like what we know is inside his fucking Mystery Box: $10 worth of cheap plastic crap that the magic shop was unable to sell.

That said, I enjoyed the first two episodes of Lovecraft Country despite the issues I have with it, foremost being the choice of music. The show is an alternate historical period piece but the music, and only the music, is anachronistic, the most egregious being Movin' on Up, the theme song to The Jeffersons. Why use songs that are written decades after the time period? Because Hamilton is my guess. Seems like the kind of superficial thing Goddamn Abrams goes for.

Still, episode three is re-airing later and I've set it to record.
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RE: What shows have you been watching? - by trp - 04-15-2014, 10:52 AM
RE: What shows have you been watching? - by trp - 04-16-2014, 10:00 AM
RE: What shows have you been watching? - by trp - 06-09-2014, 02:43 AM
RE: What shows have you been watching? - by trp - 07-11-2014, 01:24 PM
RE: What shows have you been watching? - by trp - 11-17-2014, 10:50 AM
RE: What shows have you been watching? - by trp - 03-01-2015, 09:49 AM
RE: [ACT] What shows have you been watching? - by Oedipussy Rex - 09-06-2020, 06:32 PM

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