movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Tue Nov 24 2015, 05:49pm | 15 comments
Fantastic. I want to watch all of those films now.
They should have dancing in every movie, whether it’s appropriate or not. At least dancing during the end credits. :-)
I found the Irish step-dancing in The Unknown Known a little distracting, but it worked surprisingly well in The Human Centipede.
Dancing, yes, but singing…I don’t know.
I found the use of this song in the new Sandra Bullock movie to be a bit tasteless myself. And why they used it in the Reese Witherspoon movie Election, I’ll never know…
really? that got used in a sandra bullock movie? or any other movie besides cabaret? i thought it was one of the creepiest scenes of any movie i’ve ever seen. (hindsight of historic events influencing my opinion of course).
That part was meant to be a joke. And apparently it turned out to be a worse joke than I intended.
Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.
Henceforth, I should probably leave any similar jokes to Mel Brooks.
But I will agree that the song in context is creepy. It’s even creepier in the more recent Broadway version.
And between the recent Man in the High Castle series and the upcoming election year, it’s been on my mind far more than I’d like.
I happened to be watching this video just now. It showcases the same level of technical skill as all those dancers.
And, for some reason, the video also incorporates contemporary music.
Yep, Tony Zhou has made a few of these neat little film essays on his YouTube Channel. He tends to look at the technical side of film-making which is something I didn’t know I wanted to know about. Art is timeless, unless it’s Modern Art…
Would it be wonkish to point out that most of the really famous paintings by Picasso, Mondrian, and Pollock are close to 100 years old? Yes, it probably would.
Not to be a Donny Downer, but…
Firstly, the writer of the post is a total rube: “The amount of time it must have taken to edit this whole piece together is truly astounding. Not only did Binder have to be aware of the dance sequence in his head, but he had to time it properly with the music without speeding up or slowing down the original footage.” Well, for a competent editor, with decent editing software that displays a timestamp, this is more like an afternoon project*. Determine the tempo you you want, find clips at the same tempo plus/minus a few BPM, cut sections accordingly.
Watching this I often had a lot of trouble picking up the tempo from the dance sequences to see how well it really matched up. While I’m sure they all do, it’s not always clear. I think there are two reasons: music and phrasing. The clips were originally choreographed to particular music, to highlight specific aspects of those pieces. Taken out of context, you lose a lot of that. And dance isn’t just moving in tempo. Choreography (or at least, good choreography) strings moves together to make statements. I think the video cuts in and out of the middles of those dance phrases, so the effect is of disjointed dances, vaguely in time to “Uptown Funk”.
That being said, Gene Kelly remains my spirit guide. And, man, Fred Astaire. How does a guy that homely move so well.
*I’m exaggerating for effect, obvs. But still, it’s not like he did it by ear.
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I’ve been saying recently that, before too long, it will be impossible to mention Donald Trump without Godwinning the thread.
i’ve been godwinning trump since day 1. his fascist rhetoric is all too reminiscent of speeches from you-know-who in the 1930s.
oh. since i had not seen either of the two movies you mentioned, i did not get the joke.
He also sounds like a lot of African presidents.
From everything I’ve read about The Human Centipede, having Irish step-dancing in it would have been a clear improvement.
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