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  •  Just watched some flicks on Sundance... (0+ / 0-)

    that I thought were quite good. The Secret of Grain is a French/Arab-immigrant story that was worth every one of its 4 stars, in my book. The actors were superb, the story was intriguing. There was a very deft camera technique of getting very close to the face that was extremely effective in scenes with lots of exquisite back and forth dialog. Bravo! Also very much liked Big Fan and Toe to Toe.

    Indie/foreign films still seem to be kicking out some interesting art. I feel the art in the acting, in the stories, in the cinematography, in the direction, in objects and background, etc. I dont feel the Hollywood corporate machine behind  them... because it isnt.

    So a movie is collaborative, not the work of one individual, which you somehow find unacceptable. But sometimes that collaboration creates art. The writer has a vision to convey. The director. The actors, even. They mesh. Then some are less vision, more entertainment, but in a good way, for me. In an artful way. I have no problem with that, as long as it isnt schlock.

    A symphony, a rock band, a dance, an opera, a theater piece is also a collaboration - all of which can be quite good. Even a lone writer of a novel or a painter is collaborating with people and experiences which have influenced him/her, in a sense. Why so averse to the notion of movies as art? Take Hollywood's mindless/soulless money machine (that is spiraling out of control these days) out of it and some movies can and do stand as art, old and new.  

    Should a "progressive" Dem blog dwell in the safe zones of a lame party, or should it drive a lame party to break out? If it cant, should it break out?

    by NYCee on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 01:13:41 AM PDT

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