“This and That” is an occasional series of paired observations. -Ed.
Today: Rule No. 1
The trailer for Velvet Buzzsaw, a campy horror show about the horror show of the high-end art world, features a shiny silver sculpture in a gallery that people stick their arms into… and bad things happen. (Don’t worry, sculptors: most of the bad things in the movie come from paintings.)
Oh, these dumb, fancy art world people. It’s Horror Movie 101: you never split up from your friends, you never hide under the bed, and you never, ever stick your arm into the sculpture.
[Watch the Velvet Buzzsaw trailer to the end: after the sculpture kills Toni Collette and people photograph her corpse next to it, thinking it’s part of the art, Zawe Ashton tremulously says, “We’re trending on Instagram… it’s a major hit.” There’s just not enough popcorn in the world.]
No matter how original, innovative or crazy your idea, someone else is also working on that idea. Furthermore, they are using notation very similar to yours. – Bruce J. MacLennan