Some theatrical performances don't transfer well to film, and this isn't taking fictional adaptation into account. There's an immediacy to watching a live show that adds energy to your response that, when separated by a screen and camera controlling what your eyes see, pales the material presented, no matter what it is. First case in point being The Vagina Monologues (as taped for HBO).
Such is the case with Notorious C.H.O., Margaret Cho's follow-up to the successful I'm the One That I Want. A comedienne with chutzpah and natural sense of comic timing, Cho can provoke laughter through the most overused humor, while the camera operators switch between continuously unmotivated angles in the hopes that your eyes won't get too bored. Maybe if you have access to several cameras you should use them regardless, but if a film keeps cutting between lenses without purpose, attention span will drop to zero.
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