Jason S. vs other directors
Is anyone else a bit put off and not interested in Jason S.' style?
Since it's a behind-the-scene footage of an abstract work, I find that adding more off-topic abstraction is a bit redundant.
What both Charles de Lauzirika and Richard Beymer did is much more interesting, especially the former, he added music and sounds from FWWM in a great way, he didn't include himself in the picture '("Why would you?") and in the end his week in Twin Peaks is very powerful.
I do enjoy watching Impressions of course, but I find the added introductions, segues, not to mention the Werner Herzog's impersonation, not very good. If I may.
I had the opposite experience. I watched the Impressions stuff first, and enjoyed the stylistic framing of it. Perhaps it did feel a bit like a poor man's Herzog, but I liked the narration and everything. Put that to the side, though, even, and it was noteworthy to me how it was filmed/edited. I appreciated the feeling of watching a documentary, as opposed to your standard behind the scenes footage.
What Charles de Lauzirika and Richard Beymer did felt more straightforward, and that's fine. I enjoyed that stuff, too. But I guess we have different opinions about the Impressions. To me it felt like art about art, and that added level of abstraction, or whatever you want to call it, was engaging to me.
I understand your point of view, but I just felt it didn't bring anything except beautiful Drone shots, which as nice as they were, I was waiting for to end.
I like the humblesness with which Charles de Lauzirika directed and edited his documentary, in the sense that he was devoted to the topic.
I felt the idea of adding non-sensical poetry and long shots in a documentary about David Lynch rather uninspired.
The best way to address Lynch is to be straightforward I find. It's less obvious.
De gustibus non est disputandum, I guess. As much as I enjoy debating aesthetics, I think this one might just be a matter of personal taste.
All I can do is maybe try and help you enjoy it more, if you're open to that. I could see how the narration could strike you are "nonsensical poetry" but I found it to instead create an air of mystery or something around this footage itself. Like it's a documentary made by an alien or something. I ended up feeling less like I was watching behind the scenes footage - which I often find boring, fwiw - and more like I watching a work of art that sucked me into its aesthetic. So, I found it to be an interesting and cool approach to the whole thing.
I worried it might not land for me, so if it didn't for you, I could see that. If you found the narration to be cheesy, or whatever. But, I wonder, since that's not how you put the criticism, exactly.
I didn't find it cheesy indeed
It felt more like something completely disconnected from the footage.
It might work on its own, but it didn't for me next to the behind-the-scene which I found very interesting.
Your idea of a documentary made by an Alien is interesting, that's certainly a good way to look at it.
I found it very disrespectful and tasteless. I found myself skipping through every single one of his outbursts of attempting to insert his "creative" "eerie" narrations with terrible sound design and random useless dialogue. I am so disturbed and infuriated by it. I honestly don't understand how this could've happened. In order to watch it properly I ripped the entire thing and edited him out. I'll be uploading soon to YouTube. He had so much incredible footage in which he did a great job filming. One would think it would be impossible to wreck something like this, but man... He nailed the wreck!
They really grew on me as I went through them. Like you, I was put off by the narration, but the music and sound design really grabbed me by the 3rd or 4th one. I was able to ignore the narration, but thinking back on it as an "aliens-eye-view" is helpful!
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