Monday: More about the Film Festival and how it relates to me

The movie I enjoyed the most was Pulsar, which seemed to be one of the movies other people enjoyed the least.  I realized this when they laughed at the ending that I’m pretty sure wasn’t meant to be funny.  This concerns me.  If I am that out of step with the general public, why am I writing a book for other people to read?  True, the typical audience member at the Palm Springs Film Festival is looking for uplifting movies to watch in the last stretch of their life, and would probably not be a part of my target audience.  But I still wouldn’t want them to laugh at my ending.

Their problem with the movie, and in particular the ending, is that we couldn’t be sure what happened.  Was someone infiltrating the main character’s online identity in an attempt to sabotage his long distance relationship?  Or not?

Pulsar was slow, with little escalation, or unclear escalation.  The main character noticed an unknown user on his network, and then an hour later (film time) was still trying to figure out what to do with this unknown user.  A half hour later he painted his walls with a signal blocking paint, hit a guy that he thought might have been hacking into his email, and received a handwritten letter from his girlfriend instructing him to meet her somewhere.  The last scene is the main character waiting at an ultra modern prefab kind of building you’d see featured in  Dwell magazine, in the middle of a rocky nowhere.  Cue the laughter.

I admit that I don’t know what happened, and that it wouldn’t have hurt the film in any way if the director had given us a little bit more.  But at the same time, I didn’t mind that he didn’t.  This is the same problem I tend to have in my writing.  “Let us in!” Professors will write on my work.  “This poem would be so much stronger if we knew what was going on.”

I’m working on it.  But at the same time, I like when things are unclear. When I take my glasses off, it’s kind of nice not to see.  You know what I mean?  Sometimes I need the lines to blur.


~ by Clickity Clack on January 17, 2011.

One Response to “Monday: More about the Film Festival and how it relates to me”

  1. you’re such a good writer. and hot. 😉

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