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8 august 1999, 01:02

wow, it's pretty late for a worknight. and i get to be up right now because i can wake up a whole hour later than usual tomorrow because i am living in the city right now. this is pretty exciting. of course this isn't permanent. i'm just house-sitting. but it's pretty cool. now all i have to do is explore a bit because, well, that's what people do, right?

well, maybe. of course i've got that whole job thing to deal with, but that's boring to talk about.

i should talk about the blair witch project, because that's actually some interesting stuff. the movie, in my opinion, was wonderful. however, the other responses i heard in the theatre ranged from "wow" to "that was such bullshit" so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

first of all, a word of advice. don't sit near the front of the theatre to see this movie. as it's done all "indie style documentary we're carrying camcorders all ofer the woods"-like, the entire movie is really shakey. sitting in the front of the theatre, i actually had to turn away for a lot of it simply because i was getting too sick watching the screen.

i think that the script was the hardest part of the movie for people to handle. there wasn't really a problem with the concept. "interesting" was how the people i saw it with described it. interesting concept, interesting cinematicaly, interesting take on horror films, but boring. the problem is that the plot is not intricate at all. there is one plot, it pretty much carries through the entire movie, and that's it. for a generation and a society which is used to so many different angles all the time, having such a directed focus was very different.

but what struck me most of all about the script was that it was completely first person. when the camera operator is one of the actors, the audience gets a completely different movie. instead of just watching the world from audienceland, this movie actually brings the audience closer to the action by removing any notion of "movie" at all. by cutting out any notion of having a director and crew on one side of the action, and the actors on the otherside, the audience can't help but feel a connection with the characters. after all, they are both seeing the world the same way.

of course the first person aspect of the movie really did it for me as well. first person always seems so much more real. so much more believeable because you want to be able to trust the person telling the story.

this was the first movie i'd seen in a long time, and it's definitely renewed my belief that the entire world isn't as mainstream as i might have imagined. mainstream does have the ability to be interesting once again.

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