Morning Pour is your daily stop for quick links, news commentary and trend-spotting. Here are your five miscellaneous discussion topics for Monday, November 28, 2011:
1. Is "Breaking Dawn Part 1" dangerous to your health?
The latest "Twilight" movie might be the new "127 Hours," or the new Mary Hart. At least two men have suffered seizures during the film's psychedelic birthing scene, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Brandon Gephart of Roseville, California, was "convulsing, snorting, trying to breathe" and has now been excused by his girlfriend of ever having to watch another "Twilight" movie (I wonder how many copycat cases will occur just to get out of "Breaking Dawn Part 2"). The other man, from South Jordan, Utah, reportedly blacked out, began mumbling and "was blinking on and off with his eyes," while his wife slapped him in the face. Apparently it was not the first seizure to happen at the theater during this movie either.
2. The intersection of "Twilight" and the Occupy Movement?
At Pajiba, Michael Murray writes about confusing a camp of Twi-hards waiting overnight for "Breaking Dawn Part 1" tickets for the Occupy Toronto protestors:
Embedded in all this absurdity is a real irony. Twilight fans can occupy both public and private space in Toronto, and major streets are often shut down for extended periods of time to accommodate the shooting schedules of movies. These things are enabled by the police, at the inconvenience of the general public, because they serve an economic interest, but scruffy gatherings that serve a personal or public interest are subject to intense scrutiny and control, and in the case of the Occupy Movements often violently eliminated.
An interesting connection (see Murray's photo illustrations), but I wouldn't say ironic. It seems obvious to me that anything of commercial, capitalistic purpose, like buying movie tickets and making movies, would always be more permitted than anti-capitalist protesting. Fun read nonetheless.
3. Is "Breaking Dawn" an allegory for society's discomfort with racial and ethnic mixing?
That is one interpretation proposed by Harvard extension school lecturer Sue Weaver Schopf, who teaches a course called "The Vampire in Literature and Film." She mentions this issue of hybriditiy in a list of 15 reasons you can see "Twilight" (without shame) at The Boston Globe. I wonder if the first interracial couple also thought they couldn't conceive a baby. Society's discomfort with interspecies mating certainly applies, as well.
4. Save 35mm!
The campaign to save 35mm projection from extinction is in full force now, and it makes sense given the number of movies celebrating classic cinema lately. Then again, if Scorsese says it's okay to convert the classics into digital 3D, then maybe 35mm is truly doomed, and so is 2D (Scorsese also now wants to shoot all his movies in 3D). Begun by the New Beverly Cinema's Julia Marchese, whose theater only screens film prints, a petition for the Fight for 35mm currently has just under 5,000 signatures, which is only half of the goal.
5. R.I.P. Ken Russell
I'm not the most familiar with Russell's films, but I have to pay him respects for filming one of the most controversial sex scenes of all time for "The Devils." The filmmaker died Sunday at age 84.