Saturday, April 23, 2016
There are many criteria of merit in moviemaking--or, rather, there are none. A movie is a whole experience--actually a lot of experiences, indivisible and unlimited, and often occurring within a single moment. Submitting to the biomorphic phantasmagoria of even the simplest cinematic image is a potentially mind-wrenching, soul-shuddering blow, or nudge, or whirl, or caress. That's why banal, profligate, rote images are abject and repellant: they trade on a power that they don't hazard, they borrow the inspiration of the cinema itself and give nothing back, basking in its reflected glory.