As the acclaimed movie critic for The New Yorker, David Denby has seen Hollywood’s premiere genre at it’s best and it’s worst. He has reviewed some of it’s great masterpieces, as well as some it’s most disappointing flops. Who better to write about the direction of where America’s great past time is heading then David. In his outstanding new book “Do The Movies Have A Future”, Denby explores the great history of film making, and presents the not so happy picture of where the art maybe heading in the future.
“In the second decade of the twenty-first century, the movies, once America’s primary popular art form, have become an endangered species. Do the Movies Have a Future? is a rousing and witty call to arms. In these sharp and engaging essays and reviews, New Yorker movie critic David Denby weighs in on “conglomerate aesthetics,” as embodied in the frenzied, weightless action spectacles that dominate the world’s attention, and “platform agnosticism,” the notion that movies can be watched on smaller and smaller screens: laptops, tablets, even phones. At the same time, Denby reaffirms that movies are our national theater, and in this exhilarating book he celebrates such central big movies as Avatar and The Social Network as well as small but resonant triumphs like There Will Be Blood and The Tree of Life.
Denby joyously celebrates what remains of the shared culture in romantic comedy, high school movies, and chick flicks; he assesses the expressive triumphs and failures of auteurs Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Pedro Almodóvar, and David Fincher. Refusing nostalgia, he mines the past for strength, examining the changing nature of stardom and the careers of Joan Crawford, Otto Preminger, and Victor Fleming, and the continuing self-invention of Clint Eastwood. And he recreates the excitement of reading two critics who embodied the film culture of their times, James Agee and Pauline Kael.
Wry, passionate, and incisive, Do the Movies Have a Future? is both a feast of good writing and a challenge to fight back. It is an essential guide for movie lovers looking for ammunition and hope.”
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with acclaimed movie critic and bestselling author David Denby in NYC right after his appearance on CBS This Morning to talk about his wonderful new book “Do The Movies Have A Future?”, the transformation of the movie business to a more concentrated profit machine, why great leading roles are disappearing, what movies coming up have are catching his eye, and soo much more! There are few keener minds analyzing the genre of film making then David Denby, so this book is a must read.
Here is The New Yorker’s David Denby on CBS This Morning right before chatting with with me!