Still believe that comics are trivial? PW reports that graphic novel sales increased 12% from 2006 to 2005. Comics aren’t going away anytime soon. And if you haven’t embraced them, or at least investigated them, by now, you may as well be using a Telex instead of a fax machine.
David Denby: “‘Syriana’ made sense in the end, but you practically needed a database to sort out the story elements; the movie became a weird formal experiment, testing the audience’s endurance and patience.” Speak for yourself, Denby. If Denby is advocating an end to nontraditional cinematic narratives (and I suspect that he is), I don’t know why this man continues to review movies. Denby’s hostility towards multilayered narratives seems less predicated upon aesthetics and more rooted in intellectual indolence. The New Yorker editors should demand better, posthaste.
Ron Silliman: “The Departed is a more complex, more compelling film than either Babel or The Queen, even if it lacks the social importance of the former or the challenge of making a film where so little happens on the surface of things.”