Something from Flickr

Labels Labels Labels!

2010 2011 2013 2014 actor type Adam Sandler movies admitting mistakes an Athena Angkor Wat Angola 3 ARRI Alexa art is dead Art is Voice Awesomely Bad believe Best Films of 2010 best movie songs Can Doesn't Mean Do casting conundrums catharsis Center Stage champions change choice cinematography iii cocooning communication failures Conquest Without Contribution Constantine Context is King dance movies death of story Diana Ross Live disclaimer disclosure distribution no man's land dreamkilling dues Ella Fitzgerald is Queen essanay Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind expression film cohesion film continuity film curio film is dead film poetry gaslighting Grease 2 Gremlins grin and bear it guerrilla filmmaking horror human need I Dreamed a Dream I'm Not Here If you have nothing to say you have no business making art image blinded imploding In the Land of the Free In the Mood for Love Independent Spirit Awards 2010 Independent Spirit Awards 2012 inspiration It's About Me ivory towers John Coffey lawrence of arabia learning from mistakes Lensbaby life is hard Listmania loss or gains love lust mamet Max Payne mindache modern princesses Mole Richardson Moonrise Kingdom More Isn't Better morning glory my films National Treasure Netflix on hold nothing ventured notti di cabiria on fire one inspired moment pearl costume photoplay planning problems previews Range is overrated regard dans le vague relating reprehensible media Robert Duvall reigns supreme role of women romantic comedies roundup score scorsese selective focus self set shit shows shorts Shutruk-Nahunte Silent Hill simulator small crews spoofs Step Up story is dead Storyframer storytelling talking into the ocean Tao of Gizmo the gambler Tiger's Nest Tilt-Shift Photography too many movies Tubb City typecasting walk away We had a moment and then it passed whispering into a tree wilder Women In Film Worst Films of 2010 writing is dead You Do It For You You Don't Want What You Want

Blog Roll

Showing posts with label Conquest Without Contribution. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Conquest Without Contribution. Show all posts

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Conquest Without Contribution

"Great ambition and conquest without contribution are without significance. What will your contribution be? How will history remember you?"

*The Emperor's Club* was on this weekend and I was reminded of this quote. Rarely do I see a film so explicitly state its premise . . and so early out of the gate. But it's a great line. In a pleasant enough movie. And this is essentially what I mean when I say "If you have nothing to say, you have no business making art." And why I lament the death of story.

Behemoths of film may be impressive, but if all you have to offer is that--grandiosity, scale, engineering--what have you really presented? Technology is a tool, not an artistic goal.

Existentialism may be engaging, even engrossing, but if all you have to offer is moments, glimpses, with little underlying or overarching universal, unifying expression, voice, or goal to them, what are you really offering?

What is the inspiration? What is the end design?

All conquest, no contribution. Or worse, no conquest and no contribution.

Which leads me to another film I saw this weekend. . . .