Friday, March 13, 2009

A Eulogy for Experimental Film

Read this excellent essay by CS Leigh. I agree with the characterization of Harmony Korine as the new face of "post-cinematic cinema," even if I do blame him for indirectly leading to the rise of the interminable Mumblecore genre. It's Dogme 95 meets Web 2.0 slacker navel-gazing, and it inherits the most annoying aspects of both. Kids, it doesn't count as creativity inducing artificial limitations when they are imposed by budget and talent rather than arbitrarily.

It's a brave new world folks; one that has sacrificed mystery and danger upon the alter of almighty convenience. On the other hand, it is also a paradise for the lazy fan of obscure genre films.

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