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The Seattle Times has an editorial decrying the use of "movie shortcuts." The writer, Larry Williams, takes issue with movie conventions like people not wearing seat belts, or drinking their coffee black, or even smoking. He claims that they snap you out of the immersion in the film.

I had to call attention to this article for a number of reasons. Wasn't this an email forward we all got back in 1999 or so. He left out the part about all police investigations needing to take place in a strip club so I can't be sure. Does he also have a problem with the cross fade, or the zoom because real life doesn't do that? Does he go to a play, and say "No one talks out loud to themselves! This Hamlet-thing is crap!"

Movie conventions are used and accepted for a reason: They keep the movie movie. In this day an age where movies are routinely well over 2 hours, please don't get rid of the shortcuts! --Terrence Ryan

Posted by on April 3, 2006 8:02 PM
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test, please ignore

-- Posted by: mac at April 5, 2006 2:54 PM

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