Friday, October 03, 2008

In Theaters: APPALOOSA 

Watching Appaloosa, it’s clear this is actor Ed Harris’s first stab at writing/directing: There’s simply too much that goes on that isn’t connected to anything else. As it so happens, I’ve been reading David Mamet’s Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business, a collection of brief essays from the master writer/director. And just one hour after Appaloosa I come across this paragraph:

When, again, is a scene superfluous? When it does not advance the progression given at the outset as the film’s purpose. What happens during this side trip? The audience’s attention wanders. They have been jolted out of participation, and the filmmaker has lost his most important ally: their uncritical, which is to say, engaged, participation.


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