More Needles in the Camel's Eye
I wasn’t much of a “reader” in grade school (damn TV, you’ve ruined my etc. etc.) , but I sure read this a lot.

I wasn’t much of a “reader” in grade school (damn TV, you’ve ruined my etc. etc.) , but I sure read this a lot.

The descent from white knight to amoral mercenary has been greeted with both fingerwagging from disillusioned utopian dreamers and rose-tinted paeans to the same “golden days” of yore which had previously been held up as decadent and obsolete edifices of the old regime. (The internet has been spared the latter phenomenon so far, thanks to its relatively democratic nature and ever-evolving venues for content creation and distribution.)”

But I hope as this age continues, and I think it will for a while still, these filmmakers take the time to also try the new.  Thomas Tull may be making “Godzilla,” an actual licensed version of the giant monster that still looms larger than any other internationally, but he’s also the guy who finally had the stones to make “Pacific Rim” with Guillermo Del Toro, a giant monster movie with some pretty radical twists built in.  It’s like he’s making both “Flash Gordon” and “Star Wars” at the same time.  It is encouraging, certainly, and I hope more and more filmmakers take that step past the fanfiction that something like “Cabin In The Woods” represents next year, a film that is not just a show-off know-it-all ode to a genre, but also a very new and different expression of that genre.  It seems to me that the Age of Fanfiction could give way to a new Age Of Invention, but that’s going to require us to let go of the familiar at some point.”

Why do we feel nostalgia? And are infinite entertainment choices changing the way we look back?”