Sunday, September 19, 2010
Introduction: The Movie Method
There are plenty of blogs out there devoted to simply critiquing movies, and giving opinions on which are to be the summer's next, "must-see," and which should be tossed into the trash can, or, even worse, put onto the shelf next to movies by the infamous, and equally egotistical, Ed Wood. This is all fine and dandy, of course, for those who see nothing more in a movie than a few good memorable lines, and a happy feel good ending, sure to send you home with that warm fuzzy feeling inside we all know and love. Movies, however, are no more entertainment, than they are works of art. Every movie, whether the suspense thriller of the year, the psychological mind-bender of the century, or the chick flick of last week, all have one thing in common. They were all created by brilliant minds (some more brilliant than others, mind you), and with the intent to lure you away from reality, and into their worlds of wonder and enchantment. Whether it's Francis Ford Coppola's, The Godfather, taking you down into the dark world of the Italian Mafia, along side such memorable characters as Don Corleone, and his Son/Don-to-be, Michael Corleone, or George Lucas', Star Wars, launching you out into outer space with Luke Skywalker, as he is thrust into the conflict between the Republic and the evil Empire, the worlds in which these stories take place take what we know to be reality, and, if only for a couple hours (or more, as with such classics as, The Shawshank Redemption), bend it until we can no longer tell what is real and what is all imagination. This is the true beauty of Cinema, and, it is my opinion that, behind every story, are many remarkable concepts, plots, and ideas, which can spark thought, and change how we perceive everyday events and dilemmas, even after we walk out of the movie theatre. As the title suggests, I have concluded that, even after a movie ends, the lights come back on, and you realize that you have stepped in hundreds of other peoples spent gum, there is a so-called, "Method," behind movies in how the Writer and Director force the mind to think deeper into the film, and, if never come to a complete and true answer, at least spark the curiosity which is still young and thriving in the every man and woman's mind. It is my goal to point out the many small, and maybe even slightly minuscule, points of interest in the movies of today, yesterday, and tomorrow, and give insight into the mysteries which lurk behind the velvet curtain, on that magnificent silver screen, we call the movie theatre.