Monday, June 18, 2007

Geektastic

I once went out on a date with a guy who had just purchased a book on the art of editing film , the date was a hot mess and our relationship went up in smoke but the one good thing to come out of it was my introduction to the magic of cinematography. I've always been fascinated by the geeky details that went into certain shots and the planning and research that went into building deeper meaning into apparently simple and innocuous scenes.

I remember being fond of the Twin Peaks movies for this exact reason - I loved hearing my friends (the ones that watched the actual series) come up with random theories on Lil's blue dress and the arrival of the log lady.

This came up again last week with the finale of The Sopranos. I was never a huge fan of the series myself but I can appreciate all of the critique and analysis that has gone into the hotly debated final scene. TorontoMike commented a few times on the evolution of his feelings for those last 40 seconds and today I read a more detailed and researched play-by-play of that scene.
It was amazing. The religious and art references are juxtaposed with those of earlier seasons of the show as well as those from Godfather films. There are even theories about the use of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" - which in my opinion can only make a good scene gooder. Damn that's a good song.

I may not have any strong feelings about the show but I give two hearts up to these full-on geektastic interpretations.

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