January 19, 2005

Actually, that sounds like a natural for Lars Von Trier

IMDB user review for the very first entry in the site's database, the 1890 short Monkeyshines, No. 1, described as "One of W.K.L. Dickson's laboratory workers horses around for the camera."

Shamelessly derivative. No, not this movie - everything else that comes it. Virtually every single movie that has been released since the climax of the Monkeyshines trilogy shamelessly copies the basic plot device which propels this film, which is, of course, the technique of showing a person doing something on camera. A few films have broken this mold by showing, perhaps, animals or vegetables doing things on camera. But the vast majority refuse to plumb any original depths, and insist upon limiting their scope to people doing things on camera. It's just too bad that the money-hungry Hollywood establishment is unwilling to explore the artistic possibilities of showing, perhaps, 4 hours of a blank screen, punctuated only by occasional blips resulting from defects in the film stock.

Posted by Daniel Radosh


I get the feeling you could trace that review back to the computer of David Foster Wallace.

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