“Conglomerate Aesthetics: Notes on the Disintegration of Film Language” & “Pirates on the iPod: The Soul of a New Screen.” Do the Movies Have a Future? David Denby
– “The Way We Live Now,” Do the Movies Have a Future? David Denby
– Online Film Criticism Parts I and II. (or PDF here & here)

For next week, we’ll be discussing the role of new media and digital technologies in contemporary cinema appreciation.

Think of Jonze’s Adaptation as you re-read Denby’s first chapter; are there Donald films and Charlie films? What is the film telling us about contemporary movie-making?

What does it tells us about how we write and compose? Is it a film that requires repeat viewing? Did it leave you thinking, feeling, reflecting? Would you classify it as a “serious” film or an “entertaining” film?

As you read through Denby and the Film Comment pieces, I want you to think of how you encounter film criticism today; are the pieces about online film criticism an answer to Denby?

In thinking about Denby’s piece on “Pirates on the iPod”; do you find different screens are better suited for different films? That is, what makes you want to see a film in a theater and what makes you decide to watch something on your tablet, phone, TV, etc.?

I want you to look through the sites below for examples of online film criticism to get a sense of what we’re discussing. What do you notice about their layout, their choice of films, their tone, their aesthetic, their post length, etc.?

About betmanuel

Manuel is a New York City-based writer, editor, and critical thinker. He's a pop culture enthusiast and an eternal Buffy fan. His work has appeared in Film Comment,, Backstage Magazine, Vice, INTO,, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Catapult, among others. He's a regular contributor to Remezcla and Electric Literature. | @bmanuel
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