Tuesday, August 23, 2011
This was tweeted by Roger Ebert yesterday and since then it's made the rounds pretty quickly. It's a fascinating video essay dissecting what the narrator calls the rise of "Chaos Cinema," with plenty of bemoaning of the death of the more elegant and coherent style of action filmmaking that's been left in its wake. Many of the points he makes are dead-on, and I especially agree when he places at least part of the blame for the sensory onslaught style employed by a lot of directors these days on our rapidly decreasing attention spans; there's a lovely irony to the fact that this essay was widely circulated on a communication platform that allows for only 140 characters, after all. That being said, I think that, like most things, there's a good way and bad way to use the techniques he's decrying almost wholesale. In other words, when it comes to pummeling the crap out of the audience, there's a difference between, say, a Michael Bay and a Paul Greengrass.
Anyway, it's definitely worth 20 minutes of your time.
Press Play: Matthias Stork on Chaos Cinema