About Abcducinema

This website grew out of an argument. That’s right, abcducinema grew out of a quarrel I had with a friend. We were drinking a few beers, and then a few beers turned into a few dozen beers. To say that things got out of hand would be to put it lightly. What was the cause of this great debate, or if some people would describe it, almost drunken brawl between buddies called? We were talking about The Godfather I.






What I really got my goat

When we were trying to have a well-reasoned and clinical discussion of that amazing film by Francis Ford Coppola, was the fact that a lot of the arguments people were throwing back and forth were incoherent.

I am not immune to this. I would readily admit that when a lot of my arguments sound like they came out of a Pez dispenser. They are bland, banal and all too forgettable. This is why I really wanted to put together a website that can cut through the arguments and come up with better ones because as interesting as it is to see your friends you think you’ve known since forever getting all emotional about the plot lines, sub-plot lines and story arcs in The Godfather, it would be nice to get a lot more light, instead of just seeing a lot of smoke and heat.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly the kind of situation people find themselves in whenever they’re arguing about any kind of an artistic expression. Whether we’re talking about rap songs, paintings, sculptures, or in this case film, it’s too easy to let our emotions get the better of us. This produces all this incoherent argumentation. That is why I’ve created this website.

The site is all about helping consumers of vocalize and correctly express their opinions about cultural products. I’m not talking about finding the right or wrong answer because since we’re talking about personal art expressions, there is no right or wrong answer. There is no one fundamental truth behind The Godfather.

It really ultimately boils down to what people bring to the table with them because nobody is a blank slate. Everybody comes from a specific background. Everybody has different experiences. Everybody has a past. All these differences can and do color how we respond to creative expressions and ideas. So instead of looking for some sort of black and white, right or wrong answer, or some sort of binary solution, I’m looking at process.

If you’re going to say to me that The Godfather is a Jesus narrative, then please by all means, explain it in a way that most people who are not drunk and who are not overly emotional can understand it. In other words, I’m not disputing your conclusion. I’m not I’m not attacking your judgment. Instead, I’m trying to get you to express it in such a way that everybody can be benefited by your theory.



What is The Right Way

First of all, it has nothing to do with content. You may think that Godzilla the best form of Japanese cultural expression since the 1500s have added. Knock yourself out, but you have to do it the right way.


Compact

First, it has to be compact. It must be short and to the point. Also, it has to be clear. In other words, use plain English. Don't try to dazzle everybody by throwing around $25 words. That's not going to impress anybody. The clearer your words, the shorter they are, the choppier your ideas, the better because we're trying to be enlightened here.



Smoke Mirrors

We don't want to have smoke blowing up our backsides, we don't want any smoking mirrors, we want to get straight to the argument and straight to the facts. Most importantly, whatever you say must be supported by things that are actually in the movie. In other words, back it up with cinematic facts. Just to say, “I think,” or “It's obvious.” No, it isn’t obvious, and sure everybody's entitled to their own thinking, but they have to back it up.



Tight Fit

Finally, there has to be a tight fit between the elements that you think support a particular conclusion and basic logic. This is called logical reasoning, and it has to be present. Otherwise, people are not going to take you seriously. This whole website is all about helping people verbalize and express themselves about cinematic artistic expressions in such a way that they become more effective and persuasive.