Sunday, November 20, 2005

Art vs. Craft

Steven Grant has a wonderful piece in this week's Comic Book Resources regarding the age old question of Art vs. Craft. Grant is talking about the state of comic books in his editorial, but what he's saying applies to writing movies as well.

I bring all this up because there seems to be this innate need for screenwriters and filmmakers to reinvent the wheel, when what they should really be doing is taking that wheel, putting their tire on it and wheeling it over to their car so that can get on the road.

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Saw the new Harry Potter movie, The Goblet of Fire. Liked it overall, but felt that it wasn't as well-constructed a movie as the previous Prisoner of Azkaban. Oh, and by the way, I've never read any of the books so I speak only from my movie-going experience. To me, this movie had a rushed feel to it, and I would have liked more character bits and scope, but I'm glad the kids are growing up and learning things about all kinds of magic. That includes both spells and those feelings you get when you hold a woman's hand for the first time, and how those sorts of things can cause all sorts of trouble. Wonderful, wonderful trouble...

4 comments:

John Donald Carlucci said...

Very interesting article - I loved the breakdown on punk rock (made me want to listen to the Clash).

JDC

James Moran said...

Holding hands? Before marriage?? Outrageous! No wonder society is falling apart, blah blah, family values, discipline, bring back hanging, etc etc

Bill Cunningham said...

James, please tell me you're not breeding...

James Moran said...

Breeding? Before marriage?? (has coronary)

No, I'm just pre-empting the predicted chorus of disapproval that will denounce the HP movies for corrupting the youth of the world. Videogames this week, Potter next week, Doritos the week after, probably...