Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Narf

Pardon me while I geek out in defense of Animaniacs.

I was sure I couldn't possibly be the first person to be annoyed or at least distracted this (see? i wasn't) -

In "Lady In The Water," the "Lady" is supposed to be some kind of fairy called a Narf (this isn't a spoiler, it's in all the plot summaries of the movie).

Does Shyamalan think he invented the word "Narf"? Narf is a "Pinky and the Brain" thing. And a pretty memorable one, at that.

I just hope there aren't other fairies in the movie called Zorts or Poits, 'cause if that's the case, then I figured out the twist already.

The lady in the water was Pinky the whole time!

5 comments:

Monica said...

I saw an advance screening of this last night and I should point out that the movie is produced by Warner Brothers. And YES, all the actors in H20 Lady pop out of the WB water tower in the opening credits. Oh M. Night...you so whacky.

p.s. "A bedtime story" is the most appropriate byline for a movie, ever...

Murchie said...

RE: those previews, how over and hackneyed is the little-kid-whispering-nursery-rhymes as an indicator of TERROR? I would've thought it would be so over that people would not be able to use it with a straight face, but there it is...

Alex said...

Agreed! From now on, let us indicate terror by having old dudes shouting rock songs.

Andrew Missel said...

I think the official title should be "H2O Lady."

Also, M. Night Shyamalan should only be allowed to direct trailers for other peoples' movies. He could even make trailers for old movies--can you imagine an M. Night Shyamalan trailer for "Vertigo"?

Just an opinion, formulated in conjunction with Ms. Crucet: movies or TV shows (and I think books, but you'll have to ask her since I don't read) that rely on the withholding of information from the AUDIENCE for suspense ("Lost" is perhaps the worst offender) are sort of cheap. It's an effective device (I've watched "Lost" a couple times while thinking "man, this show blows" just because I HAD TO SEE WHAT THE MYSTERIOUS THING HINTED AT EARLIER WAS), but ultimately stories that rely on it are doomed to mediocrity. Now, "Vertigo," which achieves heights of creepiness M. Night Shyamalan has only dreamed of, does use this device (SPOILER!)--we don't know that Madeleine is a fake until halfway through the movie. But were Shyamalan--or, God forbid, the "Lost" writers--in charge, we wouldn't find out until the end, when Scotty does. But Hitchcock lets us in on it before Scotty figures it out, and then manages to wring a great amount of suspense out of the situation even though the viewer is fully aware of the situation. That is directing; the "gotcha!" at the end of Shyamalan's movies are parlor tricks.

Incidentally, "Lost," as has been pointed out by others, indulges in the other unfortunately common practice of movies, TV shows, etc. of our time: convolution posing as complexity. Do you know what the complex web of pre-existing relationships among characters on the show means, ultimately? Nothing. It means the writers don't really have any ideas, but they want you to think they do. "Lost" (or perhaps more accurately the acclaim and audience it has garnered) is to TV drama what "The Family Guy" is to TV comedy: proof that the end is nigh.

"Animaniacs," on the other hand, is sheer brilliance. Seriously. Jeff, is that show available on DVD?

Geoffrey said...

Did...did Andrew just tear into "Lost" on Elephant Larry's Group Blog? The official television drama of Elephant Larry, Elephant Larry's Group Blog, Myspace.com/elephantlarry and the rest of the Elephant Larry Media Empire?

Lay off man! That show is a solid B+!