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“.. most serious film critics … tend to prefer ‘small, modest, humane, novelistic movies’ that go against the entertainment and publicity tide; or else, they cling to ‘contemplative cinema,’ the long-take, long-shot, sparse-dialogue style that has become a staple of the international festival-and-art-house circuit (…) I think that there also needs to be a space for critics and theorists to come to terms with films like Gamer, that are fast, cheap, out of control, and knowingly exploitative. Such films are, in their own cheerfully perverse way, in touch with the urgencies of the moment, and with the social Real, in a way that contemplative cinema and modest, humanist cinema are not. These films have their own aesthetic merits, which should not be overlooked out of cine-nostalgia.”

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  1. I especially like his description of ‘contemplative cinema’ as “the long-take, long-shot, sparse-dialogue style that has become a staple of the international festival-and-art-house circuit”. While it is a false generalisation, it is a helpful one. At times hitting all the checkmarks that he described carries a film’s repute further than it otherwise would.

  2. Sorry, kanna, posterous doesn't have 'like comments' option. You can 'like' the post if you like it. Haha… this feels so retarded!

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