Pacing

It seems as though the “older” I get, the more drawn I am to deliberately paced movies. I say “deliberately paced” beacause it’s a lot more appropriate and a lot more positive than the often used, and negative, “slow” label. Movies by the likes of Terrence Malick and Nuri Bilge Ceylan are some of my favourites, and I’m currently trying to catch up with the filmographies of Tarkovsky and Antonioni, amongst others.

In the commentary for Antonioni’s “The Passenger”, Jack Nicholson says pretty much exactly why I find these movies so appealing. They’re the complete opposite to all the testosterone fueled mindless shooters and the high-fantasy adventures and all that shit that we see in nearly all narrative driven games. It’s my media of choice but, really, at times it can be so mentally draining. Here’s an audio clip of it.

it’s exactly the opposite of the twenty-five years […] cycle of melodrama we’re in where the audience is stimulated and, I suppose, you could say video games oriented… so this kind of pace is, to me, still fascinating.

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