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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-04-05 14:03
Subject: [movies] Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
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Music:Dialog track of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Tags:child, movies, personal
Yesterday the_child and I rented Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End imdb ]. I had been very disappointed by the second Pirates movie, and so had been in no hurry to see yet another dose of sequel-itis. My mistake. She and I both loved this one.

First of all, watching Geoffrey Rush and Chow-Yun Fat vamp at each other was more than worth the price of admission. Second of all, it has recaptured much of the cockeyed, funny charm of the first movie — something which was critically missing from the humorless grind of the second film. And somehow the dialog got a lot better, though imdb assures me the same screenwriters led the project. I did have to spend some time explaining to the_child why "What did you call him? ... Larry." was so damned funny.

Today she is doing what she always does with movies. She watches the "making of" tracks. She revisits scenes which she enjoyed or didn't understand, or which scared her. She is spending hours dissecting the movie, occasionally checking in with me to validate a theory of hers, or explain some wisecrack or reference. (We had an extensive discussion this morning of the unbinding of Calypso, how and why one would bind a goddess in the first place, etc.) Frankly, the_child is developing quite the head for both film as an art form and the structure of story, at least as expressed in film.

In a sense, the most interesting thing to me about the way she consumes film is that it is radically different from either my childhood experience of movies or my current viewing style. She is absolutely a child of the DVD generation, making full use of scene skip, freeze frames, bonus tracks and all the rest. It's not a linear experience for her.

I wonder if non-linear books will ever become a reality. They would work for her.
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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2008-04-05 19:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Try Diana Wynne Jones' Hexwood. I thought it might have been her first "written on computer" book, but she said it was inspired by the gamebooks her sons were reading.
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J.K.Richárd: It's not a fashion trend.
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2008-04-05 19:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:It's not a fashion trend.
When I first decided to write for publication...I sat down and did exactly what your kiddo is doing with DVDs. While film and novel are certainly different mediums for communication--- there are a lot of similarities.

I wanted to get inside the head of the directors and producers and the set and stage and lighting guys and find out why. It also showed a lot of the subconscious imagery (lighting, staging, backgrounds etc etc) that until pointed out--- I wouldn't have known to look for it.

What is very interesting about the_child is revisiting tracks that scare her. Something you or mom has her do or something she's done on her own?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-04-06 00:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What is very interesting about the_child is revisiting tracks that scare her. Something you or mom has her do or something she's done on her own?

She worked that one out on her own. She'll go back and watch them with the sound turned off, sometimes skipping out at a bad moment. Then she'll watch again, until she can sit through it. Then she'll turn the sound on. (She's very hip to the soundtrack cues.) It's an interesting technique, somewhere between critical analysis and self reprogramming.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-04-05 20:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I had exactly the same reaction to the film. Hated #2, #3 was a return to wit and charm. Makes me think that maybe Geoffry Rush carried the first one, rather than Johnny Depp. Plus some really wonderful, magical fantasy elements. The return from Davy Jones' Locker is brilliant.

Carrie V.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2008-04-05 21:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
While I enjoyed #3, I have to say that by the time the climactic battle at the end hit the screen, the reservoirs where the brain juice that tells you "this is thrilling!" had long been drained dry by the movie's brilliant manipulation of my pineal gland. I was exhausted by the time the Pearl and the Dutchman were firing broadsides at each other across the massive whirlpool and could only sit and go, "Yeah, yeah. Marvelous CGI. Really. Is it over yet?"
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Renee Babcock
User: renegade500
Date: 2008-04-05 20:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I still haven't seen the 3rd Pirates movie, although it is on my list. Sounds like the_child is headed towards a future as either a movie critic or a world-renowned award-winning director.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2008-04-05 20:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>the most interesting thing to me about the way she consumes film is that it is radically different from either my childhood experience of movies or my current viewing style<<

If I really liked a movie in the past, I often bought the "Making of..." companion book. Today, I usually buy the DVD and watch the Bonus Tracks. I don't think of it as anything linear or non-linear...I consider it additional information that helps flesh out things about the movie.

Interestingly, even if I see a "Making of..." before the movie, it doesn't always click while I'm watching the actual film. Especially geeky things like how they did the CGI stuff, that you'd think I'd latch onto. I still get into the film but afterwards think "Oh, yeah, THAT'S how they did that."
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Willis Couvillier
User: will_couvillier
Date: 2008-04-05 21:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Loved the stone crabs. Made me want to set up a crab-boil and break out the beer.

Yummm.
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timalyne: copy cat
User: timalyne
Date: 2008-04-05 23:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:copy cat
Choose your own adventure books are a little bit non-linear...
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