Do the Movies Have a Future?

Do the Movies Have a Future?

by David Denby


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ISBN-13: 9781416599487
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 8.94(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Denby has been film critic and staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998; prior to that he was film critic of New York magazine. His reviews and essays have also appeared in The New Republic, The Atlantic, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City.

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Except for the review of Pulp Fiction, all of these essays and reviews were written in the years 1999 to 2011. I have revised some of them, and, in two cases (the articles on James Agee and Pauline Kael), combined two pieces into one. When I revised, I didn’t change any of the opinions, or alter the happy or angry mood in which the pieces were first written, or fiddle with the phrasing. I restored a few things that were cut for space, while dropping some passages about, say, business conditions in Hollywood that are no longer of much interest or relevance. I’ve also cut some matters covered in other pieces. I’ve noted at the end of each piece when and where it appeared. When I’ve revised, I’ve noted that as well.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction: The Way We Live Now 1

Part 1 Trends 25

Conglomerate Aesthetics: Notes on the Disintegration of Film Language 27

Pirates on the iPod: The Soul of a New Screen 45

Spectacle: The Passion of the Christ, Avatar, Endless Summer-Digital All the Time 58

Part 2 Independent Glories 71

Capturing the Friedmans, Sideways, Capote, The Squid and the Whale, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, There Will Be Blood, The Hurt Looker, Winter's Bone 73

Part 3 Stars 99

Enduring Joan Crawford 101

Fallen Idols: Movie Stars Today 114

Part 4 Genres 133

High School Movies 135

Chick Flicks 142

Romantic Comedy Gets Knocked Up: The Slacker-Striver Comedy 157

Part 5 Directors 173

Otto Preminger: The Balance of Terror 175

Victor Fleming: The Director the Auteurists Forgot 186

Pedro Almodóvar: In and Out of Love 199

Clint Eastwood: The Longest Journey 208

The Coen Brothers: A Killing Joke 234

Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Inglourious Basterds 246

David Fincher and The Social Network 254

Part 6 Two Critics 265

James Agee 267

Pauline Kael: A Great Critic and Her Circle 280

Part 7 An Opening to the Future? 301

Mumblecore 304

Terrence Malick's Insufferable Masterpiece 308

Rise of the Planet of the Apes 314

Acknowledgments 319

Index 321

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