Episode 625: What Is a Movie?

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  1. TJ says:

    Great comments from Tyler up top…I wonder why we don’t frame depression as a delusional disorder more often, because that’s what it is.

    One thing I heard that helps is to treat the voice in your head with kindness. Imagine you’re in the grocery store and some jerk bumps into you & says “Watch it, pal!” and storms off. A healthy reaction would be to let it go & recognize that person has a chip on their shoulder and to not take it personally, & maybe even feel some sympathy for them. You can treat your negative thoughts the same way. I think this is what meditation is supposed to achieve, separating thoughts from self, but I find it easier to regard excessively negative thoughts as “not me” and then try to react healthily.

  2. FictionIsntReal says:

    I have never respected Spielberg more than while watching the awful Troma film “Terror Firmer”, which kept ragging on him.

    I think of Roma as a movie (which I saw on my laptop, like most films I saw released that year), but I think he has a point that the Emmy awards already cover that. I didn’t think “OJ: Made in America” should have been eligible for Oscars because it aired as multiple episodes of TV and would be too long to work well as a theatrical experience. I separate short films entirely into another category. I suppose the complication with them is that an anthology film can be comprised of multiple short films.

    I don’t think you can be so sure that whoever made that commercial actually has kids of their own and was drawing on their own experience rather than just trying to appeal to an imagined audience. I similarly think many mainstream films are just done for money and the director doesn’t necessarily care that much about it.

    Top of the Lake actually had multiple directors in its first season, evenly divided between the two per the BBC episode order (Sundance appears to have edited episodes together). The second (for which Campion directed 2 out of 6 episodes) should never have been made. It’s not even located near that lake afterward!

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