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Halloween 2016 - The Bay

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Ask Movie Slate - Halloween 2016 - The Bay

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I very rarely get a chance to play with perspective and depth of field, especially with Movie Slate updates. Because of this I'm rusty on it but after doing this one I think I'm going to try this type of technique more frequently. This was actually rather popular in the early 2000's, the whole "looking at the world from the point of view of something really small and really close to the camera" (David Fincher kind of drove that form of artistic expression into the ground). We don't see that very often nowadays and I think it should come back. It was interesting when done right. Also, sea ponies. I really like sea ponies. I hope I get to draw them not-suffering in future drawings.

And now to talk about "The Bay". I really don't want to talk about it. It's not just because it's bad (which it is, to the max) but because it's depressingly bad. It's making me feel so sad I saw the need to clarify this after I was done writing this whole paragraph. This is a movie directed by Barry Levinson, the same guy who directed "Young Sherlock Holmes", "Good Morning, Vietnam!", "Rain Man", "Bugsy", and "Sleepers". He's an awarded, world renowned director with a lot of talent! What the fuck is he doing making a found footage movie about chicken poop-fed underwater parasites!? It seems this movie started up as a documentary about the Chesapeake Bay, but somewhere in the middle of production he turned it into a found footage dramatization of something that never happened. Why he did this instead of just making a documentary escapes my understanding. I hate talking about this movie because it makes me really sad. It saddens me to see such a talented and beloved filmmaker stooping down to making something like this. I feel sorry for Mr. Levinson.

Despite a somewhat clever use of different aspect ratios and information sources, "The Bay" is weighed down by aimless direction, poor writing, poor acting, uninteresting characters, and a complete lack of engagement. On my better judgement, I can't see myself recommending it. This movie, like its director, is just one massive fish out of water. I rate it: :ghost:


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MegaBrony95's avatar
I actually liked it. It might not have been that scary (though there are a few parts 😨), but it was still exciting and I admit the use of make-up and effects was pretty dang good. And like with your "Blair Witch" picture and what you said with the actors, I actually think the actors WERE acting like how real people would act. Not knowing WTF was happening around them and unsure exactly how to act or being extremely scared at seeing the town and people they knew and love go to Hell in a breadbasket all 'cause of some stupid actions.

More importantly, I think this movie was also ment to be a sort of message. Chesapeake Bay has been polluted for years and, while the movie is science-fiction, it raises a point- the more we pollute and change our world, the more likely it is that disastrous consequences will occur. Maybe not killer parasites brought about by steroid imbued chicken feed 😅, but perhaps worse diseases or it could hurt crops and other animals we need for food. Sometimes, people need to drop an anvil to get a point across and that's what Barry felt he had to do, especially since he'd lived near the Bay for years and he knew about the damage. Feel how you like, it's your choice. Just saying how I feel about it.

Nice artwork, BTW.
MegaBrony95's avatar
I sort of get what you're trying to say and, while I stand by what I said about it being a fairly good film, here's what Barry LEVINSON (I think you got the wrong name, btw 😉) said about the film in an interview with the Huffington Post:

"I didn’t start out to make an eco-horror film. I was asked initially to make a documentary about the Chesapeake Bay and the fact that it’s 40 percent dead. I did a little research and found that Frontline had done a terrific documentary about the Chesapeake and all of its problems, yet I didn’t hear a lot of people really up in arms about the dangers. They made a great documentary and nobody paid attention. I thought, ‘How can I do it better?’ and thought, ‘I probably can’t.’

But I started to think about the scary facts and about my skills as a storyteller, and that’s how the idea evolved. I would have never sat down to write a so-called eco-horror movie."

So, yeah. It seemed to do it's job since it got mainly positive reviews from critics (Roger Ebert being one of the exceptions.) Here's a link to the rest of the interview if you're interested.

www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10…

Still, to each their own. I said my piece. Feel free to comment 😀.
jamescorck's avatar
I can understand Barry Sonnenfeld wanting to say something about what's happening with Chesapeake Bay, but when you present your point with a faux documentary that devolves into a found footage gore-fest you're saying two things with it: One, all the information that's presented won't be taken seriously because none of these parasites grow so big that they burst out of people's faces; and two, the subject matter is trivial enough that we can make a cheesy horror movie out of it.

Back in the 70's and 80's you could get away with something like that, but documentaries nowadays can be a lot more entertaining without having to tie them into a three act structure narrative. Look at "Deep Blue", "Into the Volcano" and "Exit Through the Gift Shop". They are great documentaries that bring in different issues while keeping the audience hooked.

And thank you for liking the picture, I really appreciate that.
Well, on the plus side, now I know what Cymothoa exigua is. That's a pretty weird parasite.
jamescorck's avatar
It's the beauty of nature. It's managed to come up with more fucked up things than you can imagine.
XD So that's how we got a Captain D's around da corner from mah house!
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Freshly fished, fairly flamed, crispy crunchy. Now with more shoo-be-doo.
AJR001's avatar
We said action, not flambe... :XD:
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Movie Slate won't listen to reason when she's going into the red rage zone.
sakenskunk's avatar
the flamethrower just makes this perfect !
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Fire fixes all your problems and makes everything better.
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defiantly my motto!
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K4nK4n's avatar
This is too hilarious for words!
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Thank you :) I'm glad I left you speechless in a good way.
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You're welcoooome.
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Lol, that was great.
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Flamethrowers! xD perfect 
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Flamethrowers fix everything.
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Indeed they do xD 
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ChanterelleFray's avatar
77% on Rotten Tomatoes....I haven't seen it, but I do use that website a lot.
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That website's rating aren't always reliable. Seriously, this movie blows, and it's only more depressing when you see where Barry Levinson comes from.
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