Monday, February 28, 2005

Life, take 2.

As a follow up on the previous "Life" post, I'd like to comment that in living your life as a movie, some genres are easier to replicate than others.

For example, comedy is relatively simple. Funny/odd stuff happens all the time. People are always laughing at outrageous events, and it's easy to cause them on your own. Really, it isn't hard to think up crazy things, like, say, giving a rat a Viking funeral. And executing those crazy things is normally no problem either. I just made a small boat from paperboard, put my dead rat in it, surrounded her with her treasured possessions (a chewing block and a piece from the remote-controlled car I modified for her)(holy crap, that's right, I just remembered that I modified a remote-controlled car so that I could drive her around in it. Those were good times - a rat zipping down the hall at top speeds of 4.2 mph.), set it on fire, and pushed it out onto the lake. I even printed fliers advertising the event for anyone who wanted to attend ("Putting the 'fun' back in 'funeral'!" they proclaimed).

Slightly more difficult than comedy is action. Comedy can just happen, and doesn't need a controlled environment. Creating action is sometimes a bit tougher - at least if you want to be safe. I wasn't going to drop my monitor four stories and allow it to hit someone, so I had to make sure the area was cleared. Sure, there would have been more action had I just thrown it off the balcony indiscriminately, but I wasn't willing to risk it. Action can also happen incidentally, but very rarely do you actually see Jean-Claude Van Damme hanging onto the side of the metro as you ride to the office. I for one have never seen it happen. Vin Diesel? Well, that's another story...

But hardest of all? That classification falls to the musicals. In real life, people very very seldom break into song and dance. Sometimes on their own, in the private of their rooms, they'll self-choreograph a dance to some show-tune or interrupt their homework to belt out a song by The Bangles, but even those events are relatively rare. Nowhere near the 9-songs-in-2-hours ratio you get in cinema. If people ever did break from real life to perform a song-and-dance it would be the most amazing experience imaginable. I can't even conceive of a place where it would work. Though, contrary to what you'd see in the musical Chicago, court is apparently not the place to spontaneously belt out a solo while dancing a little soft-shoe. But like I said, comedy and action are easier to replicate.

16 comments:

dyk said...

Aah, Sally, ye be missed.

No wonder she died at the tender age of zero.

Did I put her on your mouse-pad, post mortem? I could just be inventing memories...

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dyk said...

Also, when you speak of "Sometimes on their own, in the private of their rooms, they'll self-choreograph a dance to some show-tune or interrupt their homework to belt out a song" I don't know if you are specifically referring to the Numa Numa dance, but if you got a couple dozen of that guy in the right spot, your chances of spontaneous song-and-dance increase dramatically. For those of you who don't spend the insane amount of time reading internet news sources that I do, he's a chubby kid whose unbridled joy is nothing short of contagious. "Numa numa." Look it up.

Or don't look it up.

http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/lyle_24/myhero.swf

I suppose this is the kind of thing I ought to promote on my own blog, but you did bring it up. And you have more readers. And more of your readers might find this funny. On the other hand, they're more likely to have seen this, which would kind of make me more annoying than anything else; we're kind of out of the loop over here.

Matthew B. Novak said...

You had to go and remove your original post with made reference to exactly what the heck the link was. For everyone's information this link is apparently a "Numa Numa" dance. And it's funny stuff. And though I'd never seen it before, eerily similiar to what I was imagining when I wrote "Sometimes on their own, in the private of their rooms, they'll self-choreograph a dance to some show-tune or interrupt their homework to belt out a song". Thanks for the link Chris.

Matthew B. Novak said...

Ok, now you had to go and remove the post which had the link but not the information. So now I look like a fool who didn't read all of your post, even though I read all of all four of them. Just for this, I'm letting everyone know that Chris's two posts, which he deleted, were basically each half of what he put into the final post. At least, I think it's his final post. But either way, the emarassing truth is: Chris revises his work!

Kajsa said...

I have only felt like part of a musical once in my life (other than alone in my room, and nobody has any proof of that...). I was at a group retreat and someone suddenly turned on the song "Footloose"; conveniently enough, one of the groups there was dressed in 80s garb for one of their activities, and within 20 seconds, everyone was up, dancing, and singing at the top of their lungs. I thought to myself, "this is the closest thing to a musical I'll ever be in."

The online "music video" is quite amusing, I've seen it several times before. How great that even a guy like that can achieve international fame from the "privacy" of his own room.

Matthew B. Novak said...

Also, I forgot to mention that by far the easiest type of movie to live is a biopic.

Emily said...

hehe...that video is awesome! And I really like the movie ideas and stuff too. Though my life seems sooo boring in comparison but I guess that's up to me to remedy, right Matt? I should get to work on that....

emnovak said...

You want to see a movie? Come to the Novak house-we have comedy, action, familiy stuff, sometimes romance, and even musical type stuff. That's right, the hardest genre to get-musical. With every girl in the family in dance (and one boy), and a love for music, we frequently break into song and dance. Now, it may not be exactly choreographed, but I recall doing some steps to "Peggy Sue", a Buddy Holly song that I think Anna, Molly, and Melinda should all remember. Not to mention when I was home over break we spontaneously started singing. So there.

dyk said...

After posting the second and third times, I noticed that I had used a 'who's' where I meant a 'whose' and just couldn't let is stay like that...I have grammar issues. But I couldn't edit the post, and if I only removed and re-posted that one, the whose series would have been out of order...

I think the closest I ever got to a musical moment was at an SJU wrestling practice when "I touch myself" came up on our practice CD.
I'll give you a moment to think about that one.
And another moment to recover.
Come to think of it, a certian cousin who shall remain nameless had a lot to do with fostering that kind of frightening environment. And now he's coaching.

Wow. Good times.

Nate said...

I saw the numa numa video clip a few weeks ago, and I was so taken with it that I did the only thing someone in my position could do. Thats right, I downloaded the song, learned the words, and made a parody video of myself emulating the robust Romanian. Its sweet.

dyk said...

So, as I suspected, I was in fact the last person to see that thing. I first saw it in the NYTimes article about how depressed that guy has gotten.

Matthew B. Novak said...

Sweet as in "awww, Nate's got a crush"? Or sweet as in "ultra-cool"? I'm guessing #1, because making such a video of yourself isn't ultra-cool. Unless you show it to me, then it can be cool.

Matthew B. Novak said...

Oh wait, I hadn't seen this video before today. Which means you weren't last. Of course, I didn't need to see the video - I've lived it.

Kendrick Novak said...

That video has been on ebaums world forever. I saw it a billion years ago. Everyone should go to that site, it has a lot of funny videos like that.