Do You Understand The Words Coming Out Of My Mouth?

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Ann Althouse posted a discussion on the “lost art” of lip-synching, brought about by the recent release of the film version of the musical Les Miserables. Funny thing is, when I came across this whiny little news bit of former American Idol loser Adam Lambert being a total queen on the subject, I was going to post something along the same lines on facebook yesterday, but never got around to it.

Worst lip-synching movie ever?

Mad Max – 1979 US release.

OMG… What a horrible job they did on that. And why? It’s not like the actors were speaking Japanese or something. After I found out that the dub was a US release, and that there was an original version with the original voices out there, I longed for many years to find that version. It was released stateside in about 2001, and it’s soooo much better than the dubbed one.

The other thing that really really bugs me is the modern predilection of putting mood music in every single scene. You know, music can be a very effective way of conveying mood. But to have it in every scene???… It’s almost as if the director doesn’t trust the actors enough to convey emotions so that we the audience can perceive them, and gee, I guess they think we need help with music cues telling us how to feel every frame. Nobody understands subtlety anymore!

In the movie “Heat”, during the final 15 minute pursuit, with detective Al Pacino chasing villain Robert DeNiro across an airport tarmac, there is no music except at the very end. It was wonderful!

Try finding the soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcocks “The Birds”. Guess what… There isn’t one! He didn’t have any music in the whole movie! Except This!

What a fantastic scene! And that is the most music that is in this movie!!!

6 Comments to “Do You Understand The Words Coming Out Of My Mouth?”

  1. By Jeff Alberts, January 5, 2013 @ 4:15 am

    The other thing that really really bugs me is the modern predilection of putting mood music in every single scene. You know, music can be a very effective way of conveying mood. But to have it in every scene???… It’s almost as if the director doesn’t trust the actors enough to convey emotions so that we the audience can perceive them, and gee, I guess they think we need help with music cues telling us how to feel every frame. Nobody understands subtlety anymore!

    I have the same problem with news shows. They talk about gas prices and have to show images of people pumping gas. Or they talk about obesity and show fat bastards, or they talk about a shooting somewhere and show random pictures of scary-looking guns. None of it serves a legit purpose.

  2. By Jeff Alberts, January 5, 2013 @ 4:17 am

    We also have the ubiquitous Gregorian Chant in just about every movie in the last 10 years.

  3. By Sonicfrog, January 5, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    Another annoyance is the stupid really really low vibrating bass they use when someone is falling or doing something in slow motion. God, that just grates

  4. By Wesley M., January 5, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Damn. Now I want to go watch “Heat” again.

    One of my favorite “music-less” scenes is in “Ice Station Zebra.” Rock Hudson’s sub has been sabotaged and is sinking closer and closer toward crush depth. No music at all, just the ambient sound of the hull creaking and the machinery and crew on the bridge, quietly trying to save themselves. Best of all, at one point the helmsman starts praying out loud, and Rock just puts his hand on the young man’s shoulder and says very gently, “Son, we’re trying to think.”

    I love film scores, but that scene would have been much less nail-biting with music underneath.

  5. By Jeff Alberts, January 5, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    One mustn’t forget many scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which one could only hear the breathing of Dave, and other ambient sounds.

  6. By Sonicfrog, January 6, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

    Wes… Ice Station Zebra is based on the book by Alistair MacLean. I haven’t read it, but the mate says it’s very good, and likes the movie too!

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