Thursday, December 17, 2009
One Memory, Two Lessons, Three Bad Movies
I’ve watched some bad movies lately. Not good-bad. Just plain bad.
I watched a bad science fiction movie about earthquakes destroying much of North America. I watched a bad monster movie about a giant octopus destroying Tokyo. I watched a bad murder mystery about a school principal killing young girls in Mexico.
These movies were so bad I don’t even want to type their titles.
The only good memory I have from these last three movies is from the giant-octopus-destroying-Tokyo movie: The two American women who ran around acting stupid the whole movie were wearing low-cut sexy tee shirts for the whole film so at least it was fun to watch.
I take away two lessons from this one good memory from the three bad movies.
First, most movie-making books stress the importance of always starting the movie-making process with a good script. Fuck that. Hire a good costume designer. Work out a dynamic plan to make your actors and actresses fun to look at.
If I ever make a film, animated or live action, I’m going to spend as much effort, or more, on costume design as I do on plot and character development.
I had started to suspect this back when I watched “Anaconda 3” and “Anaconda 4” —
Monster Snakes And Sexy Tee Shirts
The Sexy Herpetologist Returns! (Sans Sexy)
(And The Girl In The Canadian Negligee)
These last three movies confirm my suspicions.
Second—and this is a real-life lesson for me not a film lesson—I’m going to start up-grading my wardrobe.
Even if I’m a worthless guy to spend time with, maybe if I’m interesting to look at I can go out to dinner more often.
I’ve got to start moving this project forward. Spiffing up my clothes isn’t much, but at least it’s something.