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Dull Movies, what's the point,
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This review is from: 100 Nights in the Dark: A Collection of Contemporary Film Reviews and Essays (Kindle Edition)
I bought this book because I love the cinema and I love movies, I get excited with anticipation at the mere thought of reading a good article or essay on film. There are many great movies out there and there are a lot of great insightful, writing on movies that are not so great. Revelations on why a certain film worked and others didn't, psychoanalytical deconstructions, readings on sociopolitical aspects, and many more. And of course, certain films are just fun to relive through the medium of pen and paper.
This book has none of these. There is no overarching thread to hold the reviews together, no theme used to approach the films other than straightforward reviews. And as reviews they are fine, however there is one element which is glaring and very disappointing - the movies chosen are just so dull!
We start with Rocky and Bullwinkle (which apparently is great American cinema), we move to such classics as 'Analyse This', Babe: Pig in the City, Dead Man on Campus and many more. Oh so many more. The period covered did produce some very interesting films but they don't seem to be included here. It is as if Joe Barlow just goes to the cinema every now and then and writes about them.
If this is the case, kudos for taking the time to write up his thoughts but he needs to develop better taste, as what is revealed here is a distinct lack.
Sorry but to some up I must use one word: Dull.