Saturday, September 22, 2012

David Denby Throws Down The Gauntlet

Probably the finest, and most important, film writing I've read in years.
Read it all here. Choice paragraph...

"The audience goes because the movies are there, not because anyone necessarily loves them. My friends’ attitudes are defined so completely by the current movie market that they do not wish to hear that movies, for the first eighty years of their existence, were essentially made for adults. Sure, there were always films for families and children, but, for the most part, ten-year-olds and teens were dragged by their parents to what the parents wanted to see, and this was true well after television reduced the size of the adult audience. The kids saw, and half understood, a satire such as Dr. Strangelove, an earnest social drama such as To Kill a Mockingbird, a cheesy disaster movie such as Airport, and that process of half understanding, half not, may have been part of growing up; it also laid the soil for their own enjoyment of grown-up movies years later. They were not expected to remain in a state of goofy euphoria until they were thirty-five."


  1. I do not get the appeal. A long unstructured rant about how "things were better in MY day". Where's the positive message? What does he want us to do about it?

    Heck, Mark Kermode praised Inception because it was an intelligent blockbuster that didn't talk down to the audience. Yet apparently even that isn't good enough for this guy because it's not "real" enough for him. As if cinema has ever been interested in conveying 'real life'. The interest in spectacle within the cinema is older than the movie "King Kong" and, like it or not, the characterisation of the central actress in that movie is NOT actually better than the characterisation of Lara Croft in "Tomb Raider". Just saying...

    It's irritating when so long is spent saying so little. I'm happy to hear people explain what is wrong with cinema today, but this over-long rant is a waste of everybody's time.