Someone once said that movies are “pieces of time.” A few take place in “real time.” Alfred Hitchcock’s experiment, “Rope,” unfolds in just the time it takes us to watch it, all in what appears to be one seamless shot. But others take place over days, weeks, years, even generations.
Slavko Vorkapich was the Hollywood pioneer who established the cinematic language of the passage of time. Whenever you see calendar pages falling or clock hands turning, that is his influence.
I was honored to be included in Criticwire’s survey asking film critics about their favorite depictions of the passage of time in movies. Watch a year pass in “Notting Hill.”
I wrote about the clever way they showed each school term passing in Bing Crosby’s 1960 film “High Times,” directed by Black Edwards, in 101 Must-See Movie Moments.
And watch many years go by and a marriage disintegrate in “Citizen Kane.”
A new study finds that boring television leads to mindless snacking and that leads to putting on pounds.
So, watch programs that excite and engage you. Or, if the show is boring, turn off the television.
I’m a big fan of ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and have appreciated its complicated characters, honest and heartfelt relationships, and compelling storylines, as well as its unprecedented, in-depth portrayal of the deaf community. Last week’s episode may have been the all-time best (SPOILER ALERT) as it dealt frankly with the shocking death of one of the main characters, Angelo Sorrento, played by Gilles Marini.
The show has a wide range of personalities, so there were many different reactions to Angelo’s crash, his operation, and the decisions to be made after the doctor told the family that there was no hope and advised taking him off the respirator. It included a scene that almost never appears on network television or in movies — a candid discussion of prayer in times of the direst need, what it means and how it helps. There were conversations, some very heated, about life support and Angelo’s wishes. There were anguished memories of angry confrontations and refusals of support. There was the decision about who should be the one to call Angelo’s mother. There was enormous compassion and support and also hurt and recrimination. It was a gripping and exceptionally astutely observed hour of television. Here’s where we pick it up tonight.
It’s here! San Diego Comic-Con begins Wednesday night in San Diego and I’ll be there. This is my favorite event of the year, a chance to find out what everyone will be watching, listening to, playing, and otherwise enjoying over the next few years. As I always say, this is the Iowa caucuses of popular culture.
Scheduled to appear are a dazzling array of stars on and off screen including everyone from Betty White and Quentin Tarantino to Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich (voices from “Penguins of Madagascar”) and Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, plus writer/director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro from “Book of Life.” Voice talent from “The Boxtrolls” film I’ve been writing about will be there, too, including Sir Ben Kingsley and Elle Fanning. The cast, producers, and/or writers for shows like “The Big Bang Theory,” “Venture Brothers,” “The Blacklist,” “Bates Motel,” and many more will be there, along with some glimpses of new series premiering this fall. And of course there will be crazy costumes and, as always, lots of surprises. Stay tuned!