Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pairs


Yesterday evening found me in Silver Spring with some friends to see Batman: The Dark Knight. (Side bar: Heath Ledger is very good in this, though I'm not 100% sure I'd call it an Oscar performance. Ledger aside, save this movie for your Netflix queue. I don't think it was worth the $10.25 price tag.) While I was waiting for my friends, I leaned up against the wall of the theater, rested my camera on my arm, and started snapping pictures of people in twos. They didn't have to be a couple, they just had to be two people together. This picture was my favorite of the eight or nine I took before everyone showed up.

And, one of my readers asked if I wouldn't try posting only one picture a day here. Apparently, I was making it difficult to choose one really good one out of several. Hence, only one picture here at DCC today. If you want to see a couple more of my pairs pictures, visit Standing Room Only!

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 07/08

7 comments:

Virginia said...

What a good idea, focusing on twos or any number for that matter. You got you a theme going!

Maya said...

Aren't people fascinating? I think that other guy is checking out the girl in that pair and wishing he was the guy walking with her!

So, you are the first person I've heard that didn't like that movie. I'm waiting for the crowds to die down, but I think I'd still rather see it on a big screen rather than my little TV.

D.C. Confidential said...

Virginia: Thanks! It was fun. And now I've got all kinds of ideas running through my head for people watching themes...


Maya: I thought something similar with this picture! The single guy is totally jealous.

As for Dark Knight, I think I'm getting old. If I'm going to spend $10.25, I want to get something out of the movie. DK had several, potentially important, philosophical scenes that really could have been the meat of this movie. As it is, it was just an overinflated comic book story that went on about 45 minutes longer than it should have. Plus, the sound effects sometimes overwhelmed the dialogue and the fight scenes were just a blur of bodies. At times it was hard to tell who was where and fighting whom. This movie was a mess. Oh, and the scene with Bruce Wayne arriving at a fundraiser for D.A. Harvey Dent with three beautiful women on his arm was so gratuitously testosterone laden, it just stupid.

In short, this is a movie about men who make a mess of the world, try to clean it up, and make a bigger mess. It did no favors in elevating men or women to a plain higher than their stereotypes. Not that I expected it to be on scale with a movie like Match Point or Lars and the Real Girl (neither of which are fair comparisons because this is a comic book action flick), but it was so gratuitously awful and missed so many opportunities to have some deeper meaning, I can't recommend it all that highly. It's certainly worth seeing on the big screen for all the effects, but I wouldn't pay full price. See it as a matinee.

The Artful Eye said...

Cool idea..shooting from your arm instead of the hip, now that's covert , still able to keep your eye on things.

I'll wait and watch this flick on cable.

D.C. Confidential said...

Andrea: Covert is right! I was going for subtle and unobtrusive. And, yeah, wait for Dark Knight on cable.

Tash said...

The young couple is so happy & the young on-looker seems so sad. That is an excellent photo, esp. with the motion & the angle. Well done!

D.C. Confidential said...

Tash: Welcome! Thanks for the compliments!