The fine line between moving and boring

So, here’s the question: at what point does a melodramatic score and an epic voice over become overkill as opposed to deeply moving? Perhaps it’s when you’re talking about plywood. As a pro-DIY company, there’s something oddly satisfying about watching a short film on a type of wood that so gracefully caters to amateur carpenters (no pre-drilling? we can stand on it? awesome), but from a critical perspective, is this film moving, or boring? These extreme close-ups of pieces of plywood in a harsh spotlight, seem to fall somewhere in between poignant and a total snooze-fest. Watch this short film, ‘Love Letter to Plywood,’¬†by Tom Sachs¬†and you make the call. Maybe I’ll scratch my idea for a short film on already chewed gum. Or maybe not.

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