14th Street F Line Station, NYC

Group Critique Day

Yesterday was a day of reorganization, some planning, some shopping and an aborted attempt at seeing a movie.

Morning Walk Music: "I Want Your Love," by Chic
Morning Walk Music: “I Want Your Love,” by Chic

Wednesday, November 17, 2016

I took my morning walk and then attempted to see the matineé screening of the film arrival at the 34th Street Cinema. In my never-ending attempt to pack as many things as possible into one day I decided to eat lunch at the movies. I ordered a hot but industrial-tasting chicken tenders and curly fries meal that was entirely too expensive. I resolved that for dinner I would eat a salad which would balance out my need for vegetables after eating this deep-fried monstrosity.

The trailer section before the movie began and for the first time, I noticed that the theater chains promotional materials are neatly divided by genre. So if a horror film is scheduled for that time the promotional piece from the theater chain has a horror theme.

The idea that the theater chains promotional materials could be so cleanly divided by genre shows how compartmentalized and formulaic the film business has become at this point. What if a film straddles genres? What would the theater chain show before the movie? It’s not surprising that there is such a distinction between so-called art films and mainstream films. I suppose that this has always been the case.

Macy's 34th Street
Macy’s 34th Street

I spent a good portion of the day shopping for a new coat and some sweaters. And, I’m still looking for the “Perfect Brown Leather Jacket.” I still haven’t found it. I Went to H&M, Uniqlo, Superdry and Macy’s. I ended up getting a few turtleneck shirts and wool sweaters at Uniqlo.

Late in the day, I headed uptown after eating a salad as I had promised myself and prepared for the next set of group critiques. Our group critiques are led by a different faculty member then led the first three in which I was involved.

We were scheduled to meet at 5:30 in the evening. All went well except for the fact that this instructor is quite permissive in the amount of time he allows people to discuss their projects. Whereas the previous instructor went to great pains to limit our conversation to 40 minutes, this instructor allowed the conversations to drag on for an average of an hour and 15 minutes. It is, of course, his prerogative, and I enjoyed the session.

Preparing to watch Arrival at AMC 34th Street Theater
Preparing to watch Arrival at AMC 34th Street Theater

By the way, this is the first time I’m using speech dictation to write my entries. So far it works quite well and I’m pleased that I’m giving dictation another chance. This means that I’ll be able to create my blog entries even faster. I am extremely excited about this development, the only problem being that it’s possible that the writing could sound stilted and robotic. On the other hand depending on how fast my text is transcribed it could really be an opportunity to use my very natural voice in my entries and my writing.

I spent a good part of the day continuing to edit my nine-video “Casual Cruelties” cycle. I’m pleased that I kept myself on schedule so that with only a few weeks to go in the semester I’ve accomplished most of what I’ve wanted to.

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