Thursday, February 23, 2006

Barf-making titles

From First Post:

The Quay brothers have called their new film The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes. Big mistake. It may well be a masterpiece but I'm sorry, that title is pretentious and whimsical and goes straight into my sin bin, next to The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.

The history of cinema is replete with off-putting titles. Painful experience has taught me that the words "hotel" or "circus" should be approached with caution since they're invariably metaphor alerts.

While we're talking about straining for metaphors, how about rock groups? The Beatles was a fine name, so is the Rolling Stones. But the rest of them should be called the Royal Pain in the Ass. It would be no stupider than what they call themselves.

Ht to Dustbury.

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