American cinema v. European cinema

Things would be much worse were it not a Saturday and my Google Calendar showing a beautiful, clear, blank slate.  There are balloons in my nasal cavities – balloons filled with infected yellow pus which I periodically force out of my throbbing nostrils so as to avoid having to pass them through an already battle-scarred throat.  Intelligent neural activity is possible only intermittently and with great effort.  Which is why I’m in my room reading, watching videos, and eating chocolate.

Last night I was feeling well enough to meet up with some fellow London Met students at one of the student bars. In conversation with some film studies majors (taking that film course at Iowa last year paid off), one of the students’ comments on transatlantic differences in film-making struck me as true as daylight:

Since the 70s and 80s, Hollywood has been completely populist. Hollywood has stopped trying to push boundaries or view movie-making as an art.  I think Steven Spielberg said that he thought audiences should be able to cup the plot of a movie in their hands.  If you follow cinema in France or Germany, it’s not that they don’t try to entertain audiences – they still do.  The difference is they have the assumption that audiences will be entertained by a movie that makes them think.

Also, Avatar didn’t strike people as particularly impressive.

edit – quick tip to anyone who reads this blog: last night I was told that Passion Pit isn’t worth seeing in concert.  Pity, cause you would imagine that their music could be amazing live.


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