Abandon Text!

W. H. Auden once said: "Poems are not finished; they are abandoned." I have been abandoning writing projects for many years, since only the pressure of deadline and high expectations ever got me to finish, or even start, anything of merit. This blog is an attempt to create a more consistent, self-directed writing habit. Hopefully a direction and voice will emerge.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Corpse Bride

I just saw Tim Burton's Corpse Bride -- our maiden voyage with NetFlix. A few thoughts come to mind:

I was impressed by how he managed to put a new spin on the whole "dead walk the earth" thing. According to zombie movie convention, everyone freaks out when the dead come to town: "Arg! Dead people! Foul spirits!" And then, the twist: "Grandpa!" Suddenly everyone realizes that these people are their dead, their own fathers and mothers and husbands, and suddenly we're a cross between heavenly reunification and The Day of the Dead. It gets you to thinking . . . what was so scary about dead people, anyway? I remember thinking the same thing when I saw The Sixth Sense -- dead people aren't so scary when you remember that they're still people.

None of the press for the movie prepared me for the fact that it's a musical. Maybe because it's only got, like, four songs, which is not quite enough to push a soundtrack CD. (Even Joss Whedon's Once More With Feeling got twice that many songs into a single hour-long show.) In fact, there's a lot about the movie that feels slightly rushed . . . most of the time you're wishing movies were a little shorter, but this one felt like it could have taken its time a little more.

I noticed that there was a voice credit for Deep Roy -- who made his big break doing the Ooompa Loompas in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It's really nice to see an actor who just happens to be a midget, instead of midget actor.



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