that dang Bird Box movie 

It was okay! It was okay. Dig a spooky premise, tension was pretty good, little twists in the story weren't bad. I did not, ironically, really connect in a convincing way with Mallory's film-long voyage toward human connection and embracing her motherhood; that all felt both ham-handed throughout the bulk of the film and tied up wayyyy too neatly and suddenly at the end, like all that trauma and dysfunction just needed some nice foliage to POOF melt away.

that dang Bird Box movie 

Also not really a fan of: hey it doesn't kill CRAZY people because they're CRAZY I guess, look out because Arkham Asylum's on the loose and they want you to see their elder god. Film didn't unambiguously elaborate on the idea that it was specifically and only mentally ill people who got culty instead of suicidal, but it dangled that tidbit in passing and sure didn't spend any time walking it back afterward.

Of which Magical Blind People at the end is the flip side.

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The thing I'm least surprised to be disappointed with is not finding out more details about the entities/phenomenon/whatever. Not giving up details on the terrible mysterious thing is a legit choice. I just wanted to know more, and the slightly-more we get late on with seeing trees being invisibly trampled wasn't interesting, it was just Lost all over again.

I don't need to SEE this unseeable thing, but I'd love to have learned more about how it affects the world.

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Like, birds don't like it; they also don't apparently kill themselves. Can they see it? Is it psychoactive for them but just not the way it is for humans? *Is* it psychoactive, or is it operating on some metaphysical level, with the change in the eyes just a physical manifestation of curdling the soul? Do birds not have souls? Or just bird souls, which are different? What about dogs? Cats? Horses? The film mentions horses a dozen times and we never see a fucking horse.

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@joshmillard can you just wear a cardboard VR thing with a smartphone camera that shows you the world you're looking at or is that tried in the movie and doesn't work for Reasons?

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@June they try at least one thing like that and it Does Not Work which ends very badly for the person who tries. Which, that's another one of those things I'd like to know more about! What's the degree of signal processing required to sanitize this imagery? There must be SOME point at which its sufficiently obscured, some resolution to the Sorites Parabirdbox. But the film is focused more on human drama than on exploring supernatural/scifi/metaphysics in detail.

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that dang Bird Box movie 

@June I mean it's a good way to avoid making a film where people are just walking around with phones strapped to their faces the whole time, whatever else aside.

that dang Bird Box movie 

@joshmillard something something black mirror

Bird Box, concept of harmful perception 

@joshmillard @June Reminds me of the classic story in the "harmful perception" genre, BLIT:

infinityplus.co.uk/stories/bli

(CW: violence, racism)

Bird Box, concept of harmful perception 

@varx @June BLIT is precisely why I perked up at the hints of the premise I got of Bird Box, yeah. BLIT covers more interesting ground on that premise in the course of a very short story than the film does in 2 hours, unfortunately.

Bird Box, concept of harmful perception 

@varx @joshmillard @June

Langford? *checks*. Yup.

He also wrote the related “comp.basilisks FAQ”.

ansible.uk/writing/c-b-faq.htm

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