Loyal To The End

a kate west reflection

I've been meaning to write this for a while now, my reverence for the method behind art, specifically, this time, in cinema.

Artists and filmmakers have a definitive creative arc. There is calculated logic behind the unfolding of a good story and in film, directors/writers want you to discover things in proper order. It's oh-so tempting to read the last page of the book or fast forward to the end of the movie, but in my mind I'd be cheating artistic effort. Granted, some things aren't worth the effort and are so poorly made that you're doing the world a favor by turning it off or tossing it aside. Read it backwards if you want. Hmmm, Pauly Shore and Danielle Steele come to mind for some reason.

However, when dealing with true brilliance, or even fairly good for that matter, I have to recommend sticking it out to the bitter end. The chronology is put together for a good reason, intended to elicit appropriate emotion at the appropriate moment. In the same way, I respect each brush stroke of a gorgeous painting, I respect the grand team work involved in the major art of moving pictures. What's the fun in reading a murder mystery if you already know who-done-it? Think of the pleasure you can gain by figuring it out yourself. Exercise some brain cells and give kudos to an artist at work.

RATATOUILLE - an ode to critics everywhere

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KateWest 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

BTW - My favorite quote on this movie so far is a small child summing it up with: "The rats cooked." 'Nuff said.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Exercising brain cells is certainly a life requirement :-)


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KateWest 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

So glad to contribute. Thank you.


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Beata Stasak 6 years ago from Western Australia

My dear Kate, I have just seen a wonderful poetic movie 'Bright Star' about the life of the romantic poet Keaton. It has got fantastic reviews but not many viewers liked it because it was apparently too slow. If you really wanted to enjoy it, you needed to stop thinking about the outside, time, worries of today...you needed to just BE. I think the problem of people of today is they want everything NOW, WITHOUT HASSLES and FAST AS POSSIBLE. Unfortunately real art can not live up to these requests. I totally agree with your view on 'not cheating artists' and wait patiently until they slowly unfold their art in front of you.

My dear Kate, thank you for answering my question on the hub about the ugly people. You are so right, the uggliness shines from inside out not other way around. You can see it when you meet old people, their outside is withered and worn out but if they have beautiful soul, it shines and makes them look beautiful and ageless. I know you will be one of them Kate. If you a time to spare please visit me on my sites:

http://hubpages.com/literature/So-much-makes-sense...

http://universalandparticular.wordpress.com

http://bittersweetbeata.blogspot.com

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