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- Print Length: 382 pages
- Publication Date: January 14, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B138U70
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Filmsuck, USA Kindle Edition
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Jones's take on US films, informed by decades of scholarship, contradicts the consensus on almost every issue. Genre, she argues, is, or was, the salvation of American film. The relegation of the movie to the lower orders kept American film lively and impressive while those arts identified as high-culture ossified. The studio system, she argues, forced writers and directors to be better than they'd have been on their own. As proof she offers a depressing look at the general rottenness of indie film: "Most independent films are terrible...and worse, derivatively terrible."
Even here, though, she has the wit and honesty to note the great exception: Lynch's Eraserhead. That's another wonderful feature of Jones's writing: she has the supreme confidence to include the exceptions, to give the truly great their due, and then turn as quickly as Ali and deck the pompous, slow-witted film bores, both high-art and low-, filmmakers and critics--from Tony Scott to Peter Greenaway, from Walter Kerr to the dozens of dimwitted critics who get her heroes, the Coen brothers, so consistently wrong.
Writing critical pieces about mainstream culture is tougher than people give credit for. Go straight for specific issues, empathy and outrage, get buried under accusations of carelessness and lack of understanding. Preface everything with warnings and clarifications, end up boring your readers and made fun of for pointing out the "obvious". Avoid the issues entirely, hint at everything by sticking to a single facet... good luck building up to anything.
She obviously reminds me of Pauline Kael. Kael would probably articulate a thought such as "All indie films are terrible, and worse, derivatively terrible." differently, probably avoiding the potential for immediate dismissal by an unreceptive answer, but she would probably feel the same way. Jones just trades away some of the density and Kael's argumentative armour for more agile and quippy humour, and I'd say it's a much better match for the works she discusses.
I thoroughly recommend it.