Monday, November 13, 2006

Intervention Day

You know a certain something is missing from a film when you leave hankering for real entertainment in a session of YouTubing. Such was my Sunday evening trip to see the The Page Turner (aka La Tourneuse de Pages), that I am vowing to abstain from French films. It is not that I only enjoy French characters when they are either jolly peasants or chic Parisians; it is just that, well, why do French films always have to be so impossibly French?

This is not to suggest that Gallic films should intermix their Hitchcockian set-pieces interlaced with Godardian post-modern jokes with no-brain fodder like Big Momma's House 2. But is there any reason not to stage an intervention on French films with presumptuous double entendres for titles (think The Beat that My Heart Skipped, Hidden and now The Page Turner)? Either way, let's kickstart today's campaigning spirit by first joining YouTube's latest cult sensation, the smiley intervention - a campaign to stop the abuse of emotion symbols, such as smiley faces, in public communication. Unless, of course, if used in effusive excitment over a favoured blog :-)

Any other proposed interventions this Monday?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL :-)

Just kidding. i will join his campaign. Smiley abuse is a great threat to public communication!! :-(

2:07 pm  
Anonymous Claire said...

no mobile use on buses please
especially upstairs !! :-)

2:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:18 pm  
Anonymous badgelady said...

I love Home House. Lucky you did you sit in the front room over looking the square?
Sad to see Page Turner disappointing. Wanted to see it.

3:57 pm  
Anonymous Harry said...

He is very funny
Have to agree
No exclamation points please

4:00 pm  
Anonymous bighouselittleman said...

Ahh, but the cat at the end is so adorable. I love cats but also use a lot of smiley faces so can see the logic to his equation. Like the Scottish accent as well helps the humour.

4:11 pm  
Anonymous Tanya said...

But in this day of electronic communication how else can we express emotion over the computer and typed word? I dont see any harm in over using as he says emotion. Especially if we dont get it anywhere else :-(

4:27 pm  
Anonymous honkman said...

French films play to English sterotypes of what we want to see in them. That is why they deliver Paris cultural icons and 1980s film noir objects and zen. That is where the blanketing starts.

I will join this chap's campaign.

4:31 pm  
Anonymous Jamie said...

Sign me up nothing annoys me more except for cats so I am a gold card member of this movement!... sorry bad habits are hard to break

4:38 pm  
Blogger Moaner Lisa said...

The Page Turner was a big dissappointment, especially as it got several good reviews.

I'm sure something of an emperor's clothes phenonemon going amongst film critics with this one. The film is just so bad critics must have worried that they simply didn't get it. So they gave it a good write up to convince other film buffs they understood it at some deeper level. Of course, there is nothing to get... least slicker tells it as it is...

4:40 pm  
Anonymous Beverley said...

Thought the ending was good but otherwise agree with the criticisms here. The Page Turner is one of those French films you miss most of so have to say you like in case you are the only one who didn't understand it. Give it a miss.

5:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am committing that equation to long term memory :-)
How brilliant. There is a kernel of truth in it too.
Cat people and smiley faces...legend!

Who is this guy?

5:10 pm  
Anonymous Charlie said...

what didnt ou like about it?
was going this evening to see it.

5:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course because dog people never use smiley faces.
Have to agree they are annoying though and definitely not helpful

5:25 pm  
Blogger City Slicker said...

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5:42 pm  
Blogger City Slicker said...

Charlie - If you have seen Fatal Attraction, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Single White Female, or any of the countless other films where a mysterious woman slyly insinuates herself into the trust of others before going all out to ruin them (typically in an over-the-top climax), then you may well feel from early on that you know where The Page Turner is headed.

But let us know what you think.

5:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Especially in professional communication it is very childish and I am shocked by how many times management puts stuff out with a smiley face - enough please!!!! Exclamation points okay though I think

5:51 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would an intervention to stop the next season of Australian Jungle Island count?

5:54 pm  
Anonymous Keith said...

Or to stop Chris Evans drive time Radio 2 programme?

5:55 pm  
Anonymous Deborah said...

Going to Donmar tonight thanks for that review last week.
Will miss this film now sounds dull. Do you know a French film is considered a hit if it makes above £500,000 in total but a Disney family comedy can rake in £2.5 million in a weekend? An intervention maybe needed there :-)

6:05 pm  
Anonymous Naz said...

No more rolling stones concerts please. Or for that matter anintervention to stop just the 2 The Who members from coming together and calling it a reunion.

6:08 pm  
Blogger Red said...

You might want to stay away from Comment J'ai Tué Mon Père also, then. We watched it last night... what a snooze fest.

The effect of that film, combined with the disappointment that was The Beat that My Heart Skipped, means that I will join you in abstaining from French films... for a while. I'm going back to a bit of Douglas Sirk melodrama.

6:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more Gerard Depardieu either ever please as luvely or not as he may be

6:12 pm  
Anonymous max said...

Most French films = some people have dinner, someone bursts into tears. Nothing happens. The end. A bit unfair, but not really

7:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hysterical his passion comes sorming through
loved it and yes did LOL

12:09 am  
Anonymous Tanya said...

Agree Max but isn't there also a CCTV cameria filming the mistress who is tormented by the wife's inability to disengage?

12:12 am  
Blogger Monique said...

Ok I admit it - I needed that intervention (but it didn't work)
I use both
WAY too much



12:03 pm  

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