340 meters per second

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.

&mdash Alfred Adler (1870-1937)

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Memento mori.

C and I were really looking forward to checking out Tim Burton's latest, Corpse Bride and a couple weeks ago we finally did. It's unusual for a movie to be known mainly for the techniques applied during its creation but here the fame (or infamy, depending on your point of view) is well-deserved. Reportedly filmed over 55 weeks using painstaking stop-motion techniques, Corpse Bride is a technical marvel, a real labour of love. C and I were completely absorbed into the fantastical shadow-dance Burton projects on the miniature, hand-crafted soundstages.

The story is dark and barbed, as any good fairy tale should be. Lampooning both traditional marriage and the self-important who conveniently forget that the reaper has no decorum, Corpse Bride is a smart, funny burlesque romp through the underworld that -- like any good mediation on death and eternity -- made us laugh and cuddle a little closer on the couch. Two big thumbs up.


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