Movies are better despite some directors, and a general update on life.

Posted by james on Oct. 30, 2006

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I just saw <a href="">TMNT</a>, the first one. Hard to imagine all the way back in 1990 that was the coolest thing ever. Surprisingly, it's still a pretty amusing film. It was definitely better than most of the crap they unload on kids nowdays.

I was just reading some of the <a href="">trivia</a> behind Donnie Darko, one of my favorite films of all time. It's so funny to think of the movie that might have been. It almost didn't show in theaters (which doesn't matter, since I saw it at the <a href="">Avon</a> way after it was done running in theaters... thanks Ben!). It almost had Jason Schwartzman instead of Jake "oh so popular now" Gyllenhaal, which I can kinda see but still wouldn't have preferred. Worst though is that for the incredible last scene where they pan over the characters, they meant to have U2's "MLK" and had to "settle" for Mad World. I don't even want to think of a world where U2 trumps that song. It just fits the scene.

Sometimes I think about how funny it is that all these random circumstances change what a film ends up being, and altering what the director intended. And sometimes you have to wonder if it really would have been better if the director had full control to just do exactly what their vision is.

Then you remember Star Wars, the newer ones. Now I'm convinced that the original trilogy was so likeable because the limitations (time, money, technology) made them compromise and come up with better stuff. Definitely didn't have the problem (or the result) with the newer ones. Blech.

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