Circling back to that piece on why so many films have dialogue that is largely unintelligible, and I find myself internally screaming that if your audience can't understand it because it's poorly mixed or recorded, etc., you've failed in your role as filmmaker.


This is the piece:

There are ways to record and mix whispered dialogue so it can be understood. There are countless examples in cinema. But we're seeing so many movies where you basically need subtitles to understand what anyone is saying...

One of the things the article brings up is the shift in acting styles, which incorporates a whispered approach. I don't have an issue with quiet dialogue, but I don't think "whispered" gets at it well enough. They also don't enunciate, so you can't even read lips.

And the more I see it happen, the more those films lose their value. They become less rewatchable. There's a reason I've been doing a lot of rewatching from 1980-2010: so many films and TV shows in that period are mixed so even whispered dialogue can be understood.

That's not the only reason. There are also a lot of great things from that era which bring me immense joy for all sorts of reasons.

But if you see my viewing patterns, you won't find someone spending a lot of time with anything released post-2010.

There's GREAT stuff in the post-2010 cinema world. I will still go back to those. The Expanse, Ex Machina, Fury Road, Brooklyn, Get Out, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Her, Hidden Figures, It Follows, Logan, Nightcrawler, 12 Years a Slave, and even some MCU films are *finger kiss.*

Anyway. Just rambling about a thing I find annoying. I'm sure I'll live :P

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