Thursday, July 21, 2005

Can You See It Now?: Mild Spoilers

"The only idea more overused than serial killers is multiple personality." --Charlie, Adaptation

Blogging from university in the eight hour break before I go looking for my next class; the seconds tick by, one one-thousand, two one-thousand. Just about through first week, thrown in ready or not. Should be studying or something I guess, but these introductory units so far seem a bit like child's play. Makes me wonder what these fees are really for, when I could be easily teaching the material myself. I struggle to keep myself hidden from lurking second thoughts, that have kept me playing this game for far too long.

Watched Australian director John Polson's Hide and Seek the other night for the first time, impressed by the care taken with choice of shots and thankful that I hadn't heard much about the film and wasn't intentionally looking to find a twist at the end. And although these days the trend might seem quite common, most of the time I can respect the thought and effort that goes into many of these films, the game of hide and seek they play, eventually revealing the imaginary Charlie in everyone.

Some people complain - rather boastingly at times - that certain films are so predictable, that they saw the whole thing coming right from the start. Perhaps someday there will be a device like the one in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind that will erase all memory of a movie so you can experience it fresh for the first time. For the moment we get only one shot before all our hiding spots are revealed. Why waste it?

Come out, come out wherever you are


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