Quality Control (Cross Talk Ep. 8)

My day job is interesting, dear readers.

I work for a major Canadian retailer, at their corporate office, coordinating marketing efforts. To be more specific, I’m responsible to ensure all of the product photography, marketing related images, online product catalogue, and any written content associated with the brand stays on track and keeps on keeping on.

Though I am ultimately a creative being at heart, and my major life interests lie with the arts, my unique skill set also features analytical abilities of project management, planning, organization, leadership, and communication. And so I’ve made decisions to use those skills to get paid.


What this means is that quality control and process development are in my bones.

And while it’s my job to contribute to a healthy brand image to the company I work for, I also believe in that ideal, and so I have internal and external alignments. But just because these types of development inevitably lead to consistency and then business maintenance, that does not mean that innovation is without energy spent and emotional investment.

Some elements of quality production and process lend themselves to automation, but still others will always need vigilance in attention.

Which conveniently gets us on track for this month’s episode of Cross Talk. I think that quality movies all demand a certain level of attention the first time you view them, but over time, some movies fall into the camp where they become rewatchable and part of our pop culture slang, whereas other movies are definitely necessary for the experiences they can provide, but you can’t easily queue them for repeated viewings, and this is for a myriad of reasons.

To give you a more concrete example of a rewatchable movie, I would say that 21 Jump Street is a great example because the laughs and content are memorable, fun, and the chemistry between its leads is insane.

Whereas an intense movie like Requiem for a Dream cannot be watched every couple of weeks because it is so visceral, full of dark themes, and difficult to stomach. Darren Aronofsky refuses to pull any punches and thusly we can only stay with his vision for a short while.

What this means for the audience at home is that Chris and I recognize there are solid examples of both movies, but it’s not always obvious which is which, and so episode 8 of Cross Talk is a conduit for the difference between a quality movie and one that turns into a rewatchable one.

As always, I’ve included a direct link to the full video for you here, but I want you get your hands on the video ASAP, so we’ve harnessed the power of technology to embed the video directly below. Please sit back and enjoy Episode 8 of Cross Talk!

I’m out of theories for now, but please check back tomorrow for an album review that features arts & crafts. It should be a good one! Please comment, subscribe, and share this with friends. We want to hear your feedback!


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