The new issue of Film Comment is out; though it hasn’t yet arrived in my mailbox, some of the goodies are available online. I’d like to comment on three of the articles. First and foremost, David Bordwell contributes an article on how the divide between ivory tower intellectuals (my term, not his) and amateur film buffs (ditto) is bridged by his own innovative work. My summary of his thoughts may cast him in a bit more of an egocentric role than his own words, but given how much I esteem his work, I won’t begrudge the man a little egocentricity. He’s earned it. On a basic level, it seems to me that his argument is thus: there needn’t be a sharp, hostile divide between highly theoretical analysis and less analytical celebrations. He ends the article by citing the Web as a place where that divide can be bridged constructively: Continue reading
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Musings inspired by the May/June ’11 issue of Film Comment: thoughts on Woody Allen, Francis Lawrence, and genuine populism in film criticism
For my first post on this blog, I thought it would be prudent to create a set of links to articles I’ve already written for Playtime on topics relating in some way to religion. Sort of a house cleaning thing. I’ve touched on religious topics over there already, and I expect I will again in the future. Not all of these are even explicitly relevant to Christianity, but they provide some illumination of my continuing evolution as a critical writer, providing some context for what is to come. Be forewarned: some of these articles make liberal use of salty language.
Hey — nobody’s perfect. And I ain’t nobody.