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The Jerry Bruckheimer Effect

I suppose it is the curse of anyone who is musical to be unable to ignore music. I am plagued by the piped in music in stores and I choke when I hear the top 40 selections on a passing radio.

What increasingly irritates me, though, is the tendency of some directors to include musical tidbits at the end of their television shows. The music takes 10 to 15 seconds or longer. It is played loudly while we are treated to an overly long montage at the graveyard or of the man and woman approaching each other or some lonely figure on a rooftop or some similarly trite image. I suppose it is a cheap way to replace dialogue and sets. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if the music were not so awful. I call it the Jerry Bruckheimer effect because he uses it so relentlessly on just about everything he makes.

As opposed to a show like House, where when there is music at the end it is at least good music, and it usually doesn't last long. Instead, it accompanies relevant meaningful action.


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Jan. 30th, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
To me it's lazy writing plain and simple. Pay a usage fee for a well known piece of pop music then ride the emotional coat tails. "Cold Case" abused this format regularly (I just started seeing this show on re-runs and it's pretty horrible) and then a lot of other shows jumped on the band wagon.

I was going to add a little "they should at least use "unknown" music" but I take that statement back. When they use "unknown" music then it just becomes a vehicle to sell "music from the show" cds. Yes, I want unknown folks to get attention but those "music from the show" things are just so off putting.

Jan. 30th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yes! Cold Case is one of the worst and sets the standard. I agree it's just lazy. That show isn't very good anyway.
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