Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Groundhog Day - The Last Ten Minutes of the Movie

Screenwriting 101, which is about as far as anyone gets anymore, talks about the “lose everything moment”.  That moment when it all looks black, the character is dead (apparently), the program has been initiated, the bad guy is walking away, the dog dies (almost) – and then at the last second good triumphs.  
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It is an annoying ploy, particularly in Series movies (Spiderman, X-Men, Divergent, Vampire movies) because a sequel means the hero must live.  But never mind.
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The point is that the “lost everything moment” is my least favorite moment in a movie.  Because you know it is coming, you know it is fake and it’s stupid.
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Walking Trevor is New York on the week-ends is like that – especially at night.  The drunks are out and fighting.  The crazies are high and lunge to say hello to the dog.  Someone with vomit on their chin is asking for bus fare to whatever place they think might make me part with $10.  Trash is strewn about.  Some girl in too high hells is screaming into a cell phone and will invariably look up and say “What the hell are you staring at?”.  The halfway house across the street is locking out the drunks who clamor outside and yell at passers by.  And that is a good night. (ie. my very own All is Lost moment)
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The next morning the street is full of vomit and trash and the occasional walk of shame. (ie. A Glimmer of Hope shows up.)
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And in the afternoon it seems like a reasonable city to live in. (ie. Happy Ending).
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And then Saturday night comes and it all happens again (Sequel)
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I hate that movie.

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