i stole this title from a recent blog-post wordpress told me about when i logged in. (do you think it’s interesting that wordpress’s own spellchecker doesn’t recognize wordpress as a word? or spellchecker, for that matter. maybe it’s supposed to be hyphenated. spell-checker.) i think this blog-post’s (the one you’re reading right now) sister blog-post (the one i stole the title from) was about the end of comic books conventions. i think i’m using conventions in a more general sense, but doomed in it’s comic book sense. speaking of stolen titles, check out this.
but not totally a lie. like it’s real in the way that north by northwest is a real movie, but definitely not real in the way the trailer is promoting it. for instance, 98% of the movie is shot in a studio including scenes supposedly taking place in the woods outside of mount rushmore. that means that nearly everything we see is fake. but really, when you think about it, that’s the case with every movie ever since they’re all technical reproductions. and one of the best things about hitchcock is the way he’s always pointing out the artifice in all his films.
let me mention a couple of my favorite jokes from north by northwest besides the part where cary grant gets punched in the face by the cop and the part where he’s looking at mount rushmore.
1. there’s this part were eva saint shoots grant in some lobby. she pulls out her gun, but before she shoots, this kid in the background plugs his ears. before she shoots. a mistake, right? a couple minutes later there’s a radio broadcast about the shooting which quotes a ten-year old boy saying that there was a lot of shouting before the gun was fired which would explain why he was plugging his ears before the gun went off. that’s a joke no one is going to notice. i only noticed the kid plugging his ears because my roommate noticed it and couldn’t help laughing. and if we wouldn’t have rewound it to make sure the kid actually plugs his ears before the shooting, we never would have made the connection to the kid quoted in the 15 second radio broadcast later in the show.
2. the ending. from hanging on the edge of mt rushmore to being pulled up into bed to a train going through a tunnel in under 5 seconds. the end.