The Shaggy Dog opens today. I don't know about you, but it's a miss on my list. Tim Allen is a talented guy and I'm sure that he and all the artists involved tried their best. But when guys in Armani suits come knocking, bearing skads of filthy lucre, who can say no? Thus we have this remake. The Disney of yesterday made its reputation on clean, wholesome, family-oriented entertainment. Let's be honest: Their movies were square even in the 60's and 70's when they were made. The Disney of today makes its reputation snickering up its sleeve at its former reputation. Their films have all the technical expertise one would expect from an A-list film, the timing is right, the images clear, the camera stable and firmly affixed to its tripod, which all cameras should aspire to. But there's no soul. These films are as pretty and empty as Seattle would be after a neutron bomb explosion. The filmmakers have no conviction because they've got mixed motives. They can't make quality family entertainment because their corporate managers have no desire to do that. The only raison d'etre is the filling of bank accounts and to do that, they must be hip. Everyone wants to be hip, don't they? It is souless, bankrupt, bereft entertainment that is as sharp and unappetizing as aluminum foil. That is because their people in charge of the company are souless, bankrupt, bereft of style, grace or substance. The Disney Studio of the past has transformed into the Disney Corporation of today.
Welcome to Blank Space. In art, blank space is negative space. In writing, blank space exists between the lines of printed text (the black space). It is the unique perspective that a reader brings to the work; what the reader experiences in a work of fiction that may not be set down explicitly on the page. A work containing blank space has no overlong exposition, backstory or explanation. It is simple, direct and active.
Michael Hacker writes fiction, is a former stage actor and director, is interested in all forms of storytelling both character and plot-driven, loves to discuss philosophy, ethics and psychology, and criminal psychopathology. He is interested in crime and the legal system. He loves computers, but as an end-user. Mike's overall philosphy is stoic acceptance that mixes Christianity with the philosophy of Epictetus.