My friend and I were really excited about this talk. We both saw 12 Years a Slave a few weeks ago, and were completely blown away by this movie. It was a powerful story and a beautifully made movie with amazing performances—everyone except Brad Pitt was memorable.
Despite all of these expectations, the “conversation” with McQueen really fell flat, all because of a terrible moderator. The moderator was one of the founders of the conversation’s sponsor, so his direction was very self-serving. On top of that, he had no film background. He kept bringing up the social reaction to the movie, which I get. It’s a powerful movie. But talking about this for an hour is overkill, especially when McQueen was noticeably annoyed at having to repeat himself. Though McQueen was a trooper and was trying to be engaging, his short responses and constant “as I saids,” were quite telling. The people sitting next to us left midway through the talk.
So while there was great potential to discuss how impactful this man has been with all three of his movies, we got no insight into his process. No insight into how he generates these strong, emotional performances. No insight into what he enjoys about this process. And no insight into his challenges. In short, we learned nothing and wasted two hours of our lives
My number one fear are sharks. I was silly enough to share this at my “getting to know you” presentation at work.
In our work fantasy football league, we typically make bets for every matchup. This past weekend a couple of coworkers bet that whoever won the matchup would select the loser’s desktop image. I lost. And they remembered my presentation. And I have dual screens.