Saturday Night Blogging

Maybe, it’s the baby, the Sam Adams Summuer Ale, or my eclectic taste in music (and speaking of Ice, here’s one for Soulja Boy fans), but I find myself thinking some unconnected and strange things with no place to record them, and isn’t that what blogs are for more than anything? Anyway, over the next few hours, if I’m seem buzzed, random, deep, or out of my mind, odds are pretty good I am.

So I caught the end of Office Space, one of my favorite movies for the record, the other day, and I was reminded of one of my pet peeve holes in all of scriptdom (well, otherwise good ones anyway). Namely, why the hell do they just decide to rip off the company after Peter gets promoted? I mean, there’s the whole “hard workers get fired/flake slacker gets a promotion” populist angle, but seriously, if you were a company eyeing efficiency, where would you cut people? The dime a dozen lower level types who don’t stand out and can be minimzed, personnel wise that is, or a dude who comes in o a meeting with some consultants and rattles off a string of redundancies, bad management, and blocks on productivity in under 4 minutes? Which I think is really the problem, they made Peter way too smart a character. I mean, it’s one thing to be lazy and slack off in your cubicle job, it’s another thing to do it because you’re too smart for the gig. That’s what successful corporate types are made of. Really funny movie though, if you don’t obsess about these things like I do.

And speaking of really dumb movie decisions, what idiot decided to include a shot of Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) screaming into the camera in the Batman trailer? Is there anyone who has ever read Batman who didn’t figure out that he’s about to be burned by acid and turned into Two-Face in under 5 seconds? I mean, why would you even include that? Why not build up to it, and use the fact that everyone knows the story to your advantage. That is, make the audience wonder if this is going to be the point where Dent becomes Two-Face, or whether we’re just being played with.

Or better yet, in my opinion Christopher Nolan should never have even incorporated Two-Face into the story. Batman Begins, and Nolan’s take on the story in general, was great for the realism factor, and there’s few characters in the story less comicy than Two-Face. Seriously, a guy gets burned by crazy hot acid, and instead of dying it scars half of his face and drives him criminally insane. But not totally insane, just insane enough that he has to live his life by the flip of a coin, unable to make a decision on his own without constantly pondering the duality of life. Great for the comics or a cartoon, but not if you’re going for a gritty, realistic superhero portrayal. And Nolan could have made great cinematic effort out of it too, incorporating the viewers assumptions about Dent for dramatic effect, building us up to the arrival of Two-Face only to be foiled ever more.

But at the very least don’t give it away in the trailer.