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Book by New York film critic questions future of movies

“Do Movies Have a Future?” is a collection of essays and reviews by film critic David Denby about the state of cinema these days.
BY DENNIS KING For The Oklahoman Modified: November 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012

In a splendid think piece titled “Pirates on the iPod,” Denby expresses special concern for what he calls “platform agnosticism,” in which young viewers blithely eschew the old communal model of watching movies on a giant screen in a darkened, crowded theater and seem perfectly content with seeing epic-sized films solo on tiny screens (laptops, tablets and even cellphones).

Another thought-provoking piece titled “Conglomerate Aesthetics” decries the dominance of digital spectacle that dilutes story and reduces blockbuster movies to quickly disposable profit machines that lull audiences with jazzy eye candy but provide nothing in the way of narrative substance or worthy thematic material.

Although the answer to Denby's titular question is never specifically stated, it's clearly implied from his elegant prose and passionate analysis that as long as there are critics of such sharp intelligence writing about movies their prominence on America's artistic landscape should be secure well into the future.

Dennis King blogs about movies at


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