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2 February, 2009 / Erik

This Site is Anti-Buttonist

lumixchoc13I love the work of director David Fincher. I really do. He and Christopher Nolan are the best of that generation of directors. Oh, feel free to quibble with me, but we’ll use this opinion as a Flash Fact.

Thus it saddens me to announce Future Threat and the Hope of Progress is joining the Anti-Buttonist groups coalescing at http://nobenjaminbutton.wordpress.com

In the mid-1970s, Paramount Pictures made a lot of period dramas in an attempt to recapture the box office mojo of both Love Story and The Godfather from earlier in the decade. Pictures like The Great Gatsby, Day of the Locusts, and Days of Heaven. All of these films have a very similiar washed-out feel in both the photography and performances. Some of these were successful films, but none are remembered as fondly as Paramount’s true successes in the decade. By the end of the 70s, a Paramount ran by Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, and Jeffrey Katzenberg would follow the Star Wars example and though these attempts at prestige pictures fell away, you still see some of that thinking in a film like Staying Alive.

Flash forward some thirty years and I’ll tell you what Benjamin Button remind me most of first: that string of mid-70s Paramount films. It aimed to recapture some earlier moment. It was not until I came home and saw a comparisson to Forrest Gump that it trully became clear. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button IS a 1970s Paramount prestige picture trying to recapture the box office mojo of an ealier success. In this case, it emulates Forest Gump. As a friend of mine put it, “Life is just another box of chocolates.”

And for David Fincher to be involved and possibly recognized for such a trite, middling, simple, empty, heartless film makes me doubt his future motives and projects. Though his direction of this film is passionless–compare it to Zodiac if you don’t believe me–he still chose this project for some goal other than a good picture. Whether it was a favor to Brad Pitt or to secure financing for his next film, we’ll never know for sure. I seriously hope it was not with the aim to acquire Oscar gold.

One thing is certain. This film is the most lackluster, mediocre, and boring film to get a Best Picture nomination since, well, look at that, Forrest Gump.

So I guess that means it’ll win.

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  1. Fake Benjamin Button / Feb 2 2009 5:25 pm

    Yes, Erik! Yes!
    Thank you for so openly supporting the cause. We love David Fincher, too. But Button… Poor, poor Button. Such a travesty. We’re concerned Fincher, like Button, might be reverse aging and is now making the films of a child instead of a grown man.
    Please continue to spread the good word and consider placing one of our fashionable “No Button Buttons” on your blog.
    Thanks again for your support and welcome to the club!
    The O.A.B.B.C. (Official Anti-Benjamin Button Club)

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