BP Movie Journal 12/29/22

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    I never liked American Beauty, but I did like The Whale (even if not to the same extent as Tar). I’m willing to accept those characters in that situation saying what they feel more than I could accept the characters of White Noise speaking like literary prose (and I’m surprised you forgot that it was Hitler rather than Nazi studies given the Elvis/Hitler childhood focus of the dueling lectures). Maybe that works on the page, but I think it should have stayed there. Theater is a closer medium to film, so The Whale being stagey doesn’t drag it down that much. When Yorgos Lanthismos characters speak non-naturalistically it’s more consistently funny and seems deliberate rather than a failure to lift already existing writing off the page.

  2. Ray (@RaySquirrel) says:

    Hello David,

    You could do a future episode on AI and its future impact on film. I don’t know if you’ve seen it but Meta and Google over have revealed their text-to-video generator AI. If you have kept track of text-to-image generation AIs over the past half decade they’ve gone from producing images which look like they were painted by Picasso to images that look like they were painted by Rembrandt. Following the same progression this is going to change the way we produce moving images before the end of the decade!

    I have an optimistic outlook on this development. This is going to drive down the cost of filmmaking and open more people up to producing their own motion pictures.

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