Monday, January 03, 2005

Original Moments

I was in some sort of weird mood today, hard to describe really. I can get like that sometimes. I don't know what it is. Every depiction that comes to mind seems somehow absent of whatever it is that I'm actually feeling and when I run it over again in my head, I keep agonising over how others may perceive those words, strung together on the mental needle and thread.

Last night watching television and movies with friends, each sitting in silence as the rapid succession of still images shot forth towards the eagerly awaiting eyes, accompanied by raging tidal soundwaves wreaking havoc upon the lobe shores of our ears. And although each of us essentially was watching the same thing, the story that unfolded for each of us was markedly different, original, unique. What separates us as individuals are those unique stories in our heads and the palpable void that exists between them.

Today I worked a bit more on the new Motor Neurone Disease website, which I'm doing pro bono for a friend and also I guess, because I think it would be terrible to suffer from this debilitating disease. This afternoon I watched Garden State on the computer, a movie I had wanted to see in the cinema last week, but was too late; it had come and gone.

I really liked it and not just because it had Natalie Portman in it, although she did seem to add something special to the film. All the themes are very relatable and Zach Braff plays around with a lot of interesting shots and ideas. In what first seem like random places, right in the middle of certain scenes, the picture goes black and white for a short while and then returns to colour. I'm still not entirely sure of the significance of these grey shots, but they seem to happen in moments of anxiety, embarrassment, or insecurity about a certain conversation or situation.

I wonder which moments of my life would be in black and white.

Garden state


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's moments of embarassment that are black and white, then I suppose I might live my whole life in black and white.

1/04/2005 03:03:00 am  
Blogger katia said...

i saw garden state on the plane to nz, but didnt notice the black and white.. my screen had some glare on it though and i kept knocking the remote with my leg and thus changing the channels and languages.

or perhaps your copy on the computer was crap.

i really really liked it though despite that, i think ill buy it on dvd when it comes out & watch it properley.

1/04/2005 06:51:00 am  
Blogger Joshua said...

It would be funny if I was looking for significance in nothing but a computer glitch.

1/04/2005 09:05:00 am  
Blogger Jenni said...

Yeah, I saw the movie when it came out and I bought the DVD last week. It's definitely 100% color. I love overanalyzing movies though, so I can see why you came to that conclusion. :)

1/08/2005 12:59:00 am  
Blogger Joshua said...

Oh dear, there I go again. Strange :) I was reading another blog which was talking about the black and white scenes too, hehe.

I’m going to have to get the dvd when it finally comes out here...

*taps foot impatiently*

1/09/2005 02:34:00 pm  
Blogger Jenni said...

I'd send you a copy, but I've heard of some kind of DVD incompatibility in different parts of the world? I don't know if that would apply to you or not. I'd hate to have you open it and stare at a blank screen and scream bloody murder and have it all be my fault. :D

1/10/2005 01:56:00 am  
Blogger Joshua said...

Yea, it would be much easier for everyone if there was just one universal standard format instead of having NTSC in the US, PAL in Europe and Australia and all those different region codes in between.

Oh well :)

1/10/2005 05:01:00 pm  

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