Sound-Bite Cinema: “Titanic”

We start out with lots of geeky people spending millions of dollars searching for a ship at the bottom of the ocean, a potential discovery that might be minimally interesting but will not change the world in any way. After an interminable amount of time spent watching actors watch sonar screens, it becomes clear to the scriptwriters that we need to spice the story up a bit. So, we jump in a time machine and head back to the maiden voyage of the ship that could never sink, even though it does. (What? You didn’t know? Oh, please.)

Enter new cast of characters.

Rose: “I’m so bored with this high-society life and being engaged to a rich man. Is there anybody on this ship who can awaken my womanly needs?”

Jack: “Hello. I’m really poor and I don’t understand my place in life. Wanna go below deck and live the thug life for a while?”

Rose: “That sounds splendid! Lead the way.”

Scenes of Rose and Jack mingling with the peasants and dancing jigs, with Rose breaking free of her monied but corseted lifestyle and discovering the joys of listening to your heart and eating boiled cabbage for dinner. Later, up on the Rich Bitch deck, Rose’s Momma is none to keen with the developments.

Momma: “I read on the Internet that you’ve been dallying with degenerates. This must stop immediately. Cross your legs and deaden your soul and marry Billy Zane even though he’s an ass. After all, I bore the child of Clint Eastwood out of wedlock. You could do worse.”

Rose: “What about me? It isn’t fair.”

Momma: “Don’t try quoting lyrics from an Australian band. Everybody takes more than they give. Just deal with it.”

Rose deals with it by racing off to find Jack. “I’ve been given an ultimatum by Momma, and I feel the only way to resolve this is for me to rip off my clothes so you can draw me while I wear a necklace that will prove symbolic for this movie.”

Jack: “Makes sense to me. Toss aside your inhibitions and lounge on that chaise longue.”

[Sounds of sketching and product placement. (You too can own a cheap-ass replica of “The Heart of the Ocean Necklace” on the installment plan. Call now!)]

Insert scenes of low-level employees on said ship getting the first clue that something might be amiss with this voyage. No one on the high-level really cares, because we wouldn’t have a movie if they had done so in a more responsible manner.

Eventually, Jack and Rose decide it’s time to surrender the pink and they proceed to accomplish this goal in a conveniently-available Model T or some such auto in the vast cargo hold of the ship. (That’s always my preferred destination for trysting when I’m breaking social barriers. You?) This amorous scene is highlighted by that lusty hand smacking the steamy window of said auto, an image that left much more of an impression than the stupid necklace or Kathy Bates proving unsinkable.)

Later, post-coital, with the two of them strolling on the Promenade Deck, Rose: “The crisp night air is rather refreshing, especially since we nearly immolated in that car where they will never be able to scrub out the stains.”

Jack: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry about what might have happened to the upholstery.”

Rose: “So true. Wait, did you feel that? It seems that our love boat just ran into something that it shouldn’t have.”

Jack: “Oh, it’s nothing.”

Rose: “By nothing, do you mean that I shouldn’t worry about giant pieces of an iceberg crashing onto the deck in front of us?”

Jack: “Of course not. Our love is eternal.”

Mere seconds later, Jack and Rose are floating in the frigid ocean whilst stoic but stupid members of the ship’s orchestra continue to play show tunes as everybody around them plummets into the sea and writes scathing reviews on Expedia.

Jack, dog-paddling in the turgid waters: “Well, this is a bit unexpected.”

Rose, lounging on a huge piece of flotsam that could easily accommodate both of them if either had bothered to think about logistics: “And it’s so annoying.”

Jack: “Promise me now, never let go!”

Rose: “That’s so sweet of you to say. And how are you doing down there?”

Jack: “…”

Rose: “Hmm. I guess I’ll have to marry that nasty Billy Zane after all. Now, where is that wretched bell for room service? I’d like a nice cup of tea.”


Previously published.

Original Note: Events have been modified and condensed considerably, as no one has time anymore to do something that last three hours, even if it feels good enough that you want to slap a steamy window.

New Note: This post is part of a series of abbreviated movie reviews I stumbled my way through a few years ago. Some of the entries were appreciated, others were ignored without anyone even bothering to throw a remembrance wreath in the cold water where the ship sank. Please advise in the comments on what your thoughts might be about resurrecting this effort. But let’s put a fun twist on it: If you vote in favor of the The Rising, you have to mention at least one movie that I should gently skewer. Do you accept the challenge, young grasshopper?


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  1. Raise the Titanic idea! And though it is already a travesty, Nic Cage- ‘Whicker Man.” Also, perhaps, ‘Footloose’ of which I was praying for faux cool sexy dude scenery-chewing Kevin Bacon to act like the invisible man.

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      • I would NEVER think less of you, boo!
        But when you watch it, think of me and know that I LOVE this film because it’s total 90s wonderfulness, it is super cheesy and there are gaping plot holes but it makes me so happy! It’s cheesy, silly, dramatic cinematic, formulaic goodness!
        Plus I have a thing for Bruce Willis.
        Watch it like we’re watching it together and laughing and crying (probably because I am a soppy romantic at heart, and also easily led by Hollywood’s emotional manipulation 🤣)
        Heart you very much
        🎶”I don’t wanna close my eeeeeeeeyes…I don’t wanna faaaaaaaaaaawl asleep coz I’d miss you baybeeee and I don’t wanna miss a thaaaaaaaaaaang”🎶

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  2. Clearly, Rose wasn’t sensible if she was planning to burn down her life over a fling she had on a ship. However, I loved her flex at the end when she dodged Billy Zane. He’s adorable but looks perpetually miserable.

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  3. Please do hoist the sunken wreckage (the posts of Movie Satires past). It will prove satisfying as winter creeps along our Utah mountains and the snow presumably flies. (for the last few years we’ve gotten so little snow here that the Utah slogan “World’s Greatest Snow” has been discarded).. I’ll read. Will I suggest a movie that is in dire need of skewerage? I think you’ve been offered enough varied titles that you don’t need another. But. As a twist, perhaps you can take one of your favorite “Past Imperfect” photos and skewer the movie it was taken from? I recently watched a surprisingly well done “The Lady Vanishes” (2013 Version). Now either version of that film might bear a bit of satiric wit, ala Brian L style. Whaddya think?

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    • That’s a terrific idea. After all, I have a ton of Past Imperfects in the vault, so I should never run out of options. And it just so happens that we have the Criterion edition of Hitchcock’s “Lady” somewhere around here. I might just pop that in this weekend and see if the muse speaks…


    • That could be fun. (Those movies are already over the top. I’ll just push it even further.) Wait, was Wentworth in any of those movies? (I haven’t seen them all.) If so, let me know and I’ll focus on that one…

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      • The only movie my sweet baby has been in that you might have heard about is “The Human Stain.” He plays a black man, who somehow looked more white, and in those days…well, he passed himself off as white. Here’s where you could have some fun. In his later years, he is played by Sir Anthony Hopkins. WTH? He was also in “The Loft.”
        I haven’t seen all the Avengers movies. It is SO not my cup of tea, but I have enjoyed them. I’m even thinking about making an Avenger quilt. LOLOL

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  4. You brought out the shallowness of Titanic quite well, and I, along with the many others, say full steam ahead!

    As for a movie, and beings how Halloween is round the corner, how about The Shining?

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  5. I was SO over “Titanic” before I ever even managed to watch it. The hype was incredible that year. It’s a fantastic production, but it is not a fantastic movie. (And director James Cameron is an insufferable egomaniac.)

    “The Shining” would be a perfect fit, especially for this time of year. I promised Angie, further up in the comments, that I would do “V for Vendetta” next, but it may turn out that I lied to her. We’ll see…


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