People of my generation focus so heavily on being original. Trends flourish and become passe in a matter of months. There's nothing so old as what was recently new. In an effort to remain unique we give away the things we love after they're claimed by more than a few others. It's frustrating really. And I think we lose sight of what style really means - what it means to have a signature.
Wes Anderson gets a lot of flack for being being predictable; the single shot sequences, the record players and the charcoal-eyed heroines. Moonrise Kingdom feels familiar. But, that critique loses relevance to me when you listen to Anderson's Fresh Air Interview. Talking about the use of analog props he says :
"in the past I've used the same stuff and I have no real way to defend it, except that I think it's nicer to put a camera on a spinning thing rather than something that just sort of beeps or, you know, numbers that tick off."
What better reason is there? Truly liking something - of your own taste and on your own fruition - eliminates the importance of novelty. But, that's coming from just another Sperry wearing, peony loving, blog girl who (quite predictably) loved Moonrise Kingdom.
(photo) film still (quote) Wes Anderson on NPR's Fresh Air. (reference) "there's nothing so old" is the title of a Wallstreet Journal article about obsolescence.