Word Funk: Tetris Metrics — Leon, Austin and Johnny discuss Battlestar Galactica, the new Tetris movie, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure 3, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, the ineffectual Captain Picard, socialist cyborgs and the black market for personal massagers.
Shang’s journey to self discovery as told by me
This. This is important to me.
If there is one word I dislike and believe is overused and misused, it’s “pretentious” for sure.
Nine times out of ten, when someone says a film is pretentious, I think “No, that is simply thoughtful and ambitious.” Pretentious literally means attempting to impress people by claiming more importance and intelligence than is actually possessed. If a movie is smart and meaningful, it is not pretentious. It is approximately as smart and meaningful as its creators think it is. Also, even the ATTEMPT to make something smart and meaningful is not something to be derided, even if it falls short of it.
Also, I always find the word to be presumptive. When we say that a film is pretentious, we are actually referring to the filmmaker more than the film. A film is a thing. It doesn’t think. We are referring to the filmmaker believing his/her film is more important than it actually is. How can we truly gauge what a filmmaker is thinking? Aren’t we assuming a lot here? Analyzing film for authorial intent is one thing, but assuming the filmmaker thinks more highly of himself/herself than he/she should is a bit much.
Maybe there are examples of films that deserve that label, but we misuse the term more often than use it properly. I just Googled the phrase “pretentious film” and received such results as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Citizen Kane, Solaris, Eraserhead, and an entry labeled “Anything by Ingmar Bergman” tucked in there. Really? ANYTHING by one of the most respected filmmakers of all time? There is NOTHING in there but false intelligence? Good God.
I can’t think of anything.
Glad you liked both the song and the video. Joanna Newsom is an absolutely wonderful musician.
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