Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Tasty Petrol and "Give me the keys"

I filled my car up with gas from a BP station.

On the gas pumps was a sign that said "Delicious!"

I did not partake in this oil that is apparently so pleasing to the palette, but I thought I'd spread the word to all interested that BP is the only chain advertising the flavor of their gasoline.

A myriad of varieties available:
Regular, Silver, Premium, Diesel, Cherry, Chocolate, Strawberry and Peach

Props To Douchebag

Despite the fact that I didn't think Ryan's Zep mix flowed very well, I have to say that his choice of "Black Country Woman" to open it was quite inspired. I've been listening to it a lot lately... along with "Ramble On," which was on my mix.

Movie Moment

Hockney (Kevin Pollack), McManus (Stephen Baldwin), Fenster (Benicio Del Toro),
Keaton (Gabriel Byrne) and Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey)

One of the most iconic scenes in recent cinema history is the signature scene from Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects. The image of five characters standing in a police lineup was, in fact, the genesis of the whole project.

What is interesting about this scene is that it reveals so much about the characters. The original script by Christopher McQuarrie didn't have this element to it. The lineup was just sort of there.

When the time came to shoot the film, the actors couldn't keep straight faces while performing the scene. Singer felt that this was a complete disaster, but editor/composer John Ottman took the material shot and came up with what we see in the film today. When you see the characters crack up, it is because the actors are. It is a testament to the casting that they manage to do so in character.

What is interesting is how the actors themselves took this simple scene and turned it into such a perfect introduction to the rest of the film. Each character comes up and speaks their variation of the same line, "Give me the keys, you fucking cocksucker," and, in doing so, gives us our first real taste of what they are like. The differences in delivery are so important; the scene is basically a standard actoring excercize, to have one line spoken by different characters with different motivations, and the way that this is used by the filmmakers is one of those things that makes me love this medium.

It is great to see an ensemble cast in a film really being used to their best advantage.
Tags: cinema, john ottman, movie moments
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