May 19, 2013 - We are having a big Memorial Day family celebration to celebrate Drew’s 10th birthday…
Happy Memorial Day, U.S.-based Tumblr-Pals! Hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend. As my lovely betrothed mentions above, we’re hosting a birthday party for Son #2, and at his party I plan to:
Eat seven hotdogs
Drink six-point-two cans of sodie pop
Cake. Chips and dip. Cake and dip. Chips and cake. Dip and dip.
Take any leftovers from that red and blue icing, smear it all over myself to fashion a Superman suit, climb up onto my roof, and recreate moments from the Man of Steel trailer for my family and friends. No need to thank me, Warner Bros.!
Cinematic supercuts are, as well you know, all the rage of late, and I’m a big fan of them as well - but I also find something vaguely soul-crushing about them, from a film lover’s perspective. While they seek to celebrate certain visual tropes of movie-making, they can also unintentionally show us how lazy or cliched some tactics have become - and how we’ve come to accept and welcome them as filmgoers. Or they can unfairly shine a light on an actor’s abilities or repeated tricks; would Julianne Moore appreciate seeing herself crying in scene after scene? Would it make her doubt the choices she makes in these scenes? So her characters cry; the stories dictate that those characters are sad - why should that be mocked, out of context, by some anonymous armchair editor?
Well, because it’s entertaining. But still.
The Jim Carrey clip above, though, is a little more extraordinary. For an editing exercise, it’s really quite a thing of beauty. To take the time to match motion and cut it with such cleverness is a fun little thing to witness. And although it does point up some of Carrey’s common mannerisms, it’s intriguing to me to see the different ways his characters are portrayed and the way they match up, especially because some of his performances stand out among different genres.
Not too crazy about the music used in the clip, but overall it’s a pretty fun watch.