May 30th, 2007

Ann Vole

Favorite Films and Dialog

I happened to be reading this blog while searching for something else:
http://www.jeffpidgeon.com/2006_11_01_archive.html#116466518404456741
and I realized that one of my criteria for a good film must also include sparsity of dialog. There are several films that have come out lately that have all the other things I figure a good movie should have yet they all seem to be missing something to prevent them from raising up my list of favorites. Now I think I figured it out... they all have too much talking. I am not saying films should be silent but they should be mostly understandable for a deaf person (without subtitles). This gets me thinking of Thumper on my favorite film Bambi: "if you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all". If most sitcoms and movies other then action flicks took out all the insults and mean remarks, they would have half the dialog if that and if you only include nice remarks, they would almost be silent! I realized that most of my favorite film moments have no dialog and my favorite cartoon shows star characters who do not speak. I think the difference between the first "Lilo and Stitch" movie and the the rest of the stuff starring Stitch is that on that first movie, Stitch almost never talks... it even seemed like during the first half the film, he did not know how to talk yet. I need to make more films with out much dialog and to practice, I think I need to make web comics with minimal dialog too.