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Lunch: 12/22/04

Sean requested "lunch with Mommy" today so Ian and he joined me for lunch at Carl's Jr at 12:30. As a star is the logo for Carl's Jr, the restaurant is themed with stars including red, yellow and purple stars on a black carpet. Sean having recently learned "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," was inspired by the decor to sing numerous rounds of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." It made for a delightful lunch — just the break I needed during a busy week.

Death of the Montage in Film?

Last night Ian and I came to an observation about recent films (films made after 2000), namely the lack of montage. Montage is the cutting together of similar scenes, usually to create a sense of time passing. We could come up with only three examples of montage in use:

  1. Dore remembering her adventures with Marlin in Finding Nemo
  2. Likewise, Jason Borne remembering what happened on the yacht in the Bourne Identity.
  3. Peter Parker coming to terms with his new abilities or enjoying life without them in Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2.

Montages used to show up in almost every film made now it seems that the montage is reserved as a tool only for those who are trying for an older style of filmmaking. The Harry Potter films, for example, could have done well by the montage, using it to show the passage of the school year while at the same time giving the audience a breather from the rapid fire reiteration of all the scenes in the book.

Montage Alive and Well in Television:

Whereas feature films seem to be avoiding the montage, it is still a common tool in television production, especially amongst the crime dramas. CSI in all its forms uses montage during most of the evidence gathering and analysis scenes. If they didn't the episodes would either take for ever or be so disjointed as to be difficult (or impossible) to follow.

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