Kodak has decided to retire the Kodakchrome film, ending it's 74 year old run. Honestly I've never used, or been able to afford to use the film before, but somehow it's still sad to see another film die. One day it could be the Kodakchrome film, another could possibly mean film all together.
A couple of people have asked me recently the difference between film and digital. I get really annoyed by myself inside because I can't seem to explain or sell my bias towards film. This morning I've managed to relate that to driving a manual or an auto car.
The other day on a pre-shooting meeting I've got a person asking me: so what's a film? I've shot digital since young so I don't really know how it works. She was only probably a year younger than me or two.
It is pretty amazing to think how one day car manufacturers would stop making manual cars. I mean, is it even possible?
I met up with a friend of mine in Klang 3 weeks ago. We were junior high school mates and managed to catch up after 10 years of absence.
Inevitably we talked about childhood dreams. High school dreams in fact, so it wasn't THAT distance and ridiculous.
Before doing what she ended up doing in an oxcam uni, she aspired to be a pilot.
However, her dad was pessimistic about that career choice since flying aircraft is primarily an all-dicks industry. He went and spoke to the headmaster, and the headmaster sat my friend down, in her late teens and said (I might've been simplifying the advice session a bit too much but that was pretty much what it got boiled down to):
Why do you want to be a pilot? It's just like a taxi driver but you're in the air.
Ok. I'm alright with sitting teens down and trying to explain what you didn't want them to do to fulfill your own screwed up judgement. But, I'm sure there's a nicer way to ruin someone's dream?
Like, shit, why do you want to be a headmaster? It's like a pimp, just that you're selling education and offering blow jobs to get donations to build a library.
I never realised how much this story had affected me until I started counting the times I'm repeating this to my friends. I very much like to have the headmaster to participate in those games in SAW although I've never seen one yet.
Once in a while, you come across one of these movies which your instinct tells you it's fantastic, yet you just can't give an articulate explanation when your friends ask, 'so what's it about?' I've had such experience with Donnie Darko, Chungking Express, Lost Highway, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and perhaps the first Matrix. I think since all his previous success Charlie Kaufman had been given total freedom and budget to do whatever he wants in this movie. Will it sell? Actually it DIDN'T sell. But like Shawshank Redemption and Donnie Darko, this movie will come back and haunt the top 100 movie list for years if not decades to come. Attempting to explain the movie would be futile, yet the casting I should add, is perfect. The impact of this movie will haunt me for days. One of the forums in imdb mentioned 'It says a lot about you if you don't like this movie.' I agree.