Monday, June 15, 2009

Moving Pictures

Stumbled across these videos in our old picture files. I know there are a lot of purposes for photography, and a good still can accomplish a lot (something about a thousand words comes to mind here). But as far as aiding your memory goes, I think these short moving pictures can do more to capture a moment and take you back. These ones did that for me anyway.


Jordan V said...

hey John,

I just wanted to say that I have read all of Nick Hornby's books and I have seen all the film addaptations.... I totally reccomend High Fidelity (one of the most real life love stories I can recall) and "A Long Way Down" which is wonderful...


Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

I love these one-shot things. I think youtube and other online video uploading services are making this a relevant and practical way of recording memories, and I welcome it.

I hated 'How To Be Good.' God knows I've enjoyed Hornby in the past, but that novel made me want to wretch. I fear Hornby has really joined the mainstream. 'How To Be Good' felt like a novel written by a comfortable, thoughtful suburban adult -which is fine, except I get that perspective every time I go to the grocery store or stand in line for a film. As Bob Dylan wrote, "I'm not anti mainstream. I just think it's lame."

Hornby hated 'Kid A' for god's sake. How can I respect anything he says after such blasphemy?! Ha. I just fear we've drifted into completely seperate universes, and his universe is really boring.

There's a moment where the narrator explains that conservative voters, other than grandparents, are basically not allowed in her house. That summed up the whole book for me; politically correct (in a very British/European sort of way), and way too "good" to be of any interest whatsoever.

re: Braveheart
I think there HAS to be room to change your mind like you did. It's a sign of growth.

Anonymous said...

The tri-cycle clip was really great. I felt like I was watching a major film. Like in The Mirror when the wind sweeps across the field eerily.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

For me the wind in The Mirror is the greatest moment in cinema.

jon said...

wow i need to see The Mirror.

i was disappointed with How to Be Good simply because i've so enjoyed hornby's other stuff. your recommendations keep my interest alive jordan.

i didn't hate How to Be Good, matthew, but i think your review is pretty bang-on. i did like that it brought up the complexities of morality in a pretty down-to-earth-for-suburbia kind of way. but it offered very little, and was pretty bland.

i'm not sure when i'm posting next, but here's a quote from my 4-year old, to celebrate Father's Day with:

"Why did God make these pudding cups so small?"