David Denby, The New Yorker film critic, proclaims why movies are dying and why digital is killing them in this interview for his book with NPR’s Rachel Martin:
“I was thinking of that great scene where, to the sound of [Richard] Wagner’s ‘The Ride of the Valkyries,’ the helicopters come in … [Click here to watch that scene. Editor’s Note: This scene contains some violence.]
“First of all, it was shot, Rachel, in real space — it wasn’t digitized. So everything had a kind of … palpability, a force, a heaviness; all of that movement, all of the pandemonium on the ground, the explosions, everything. I mean, and now, when we do spectacle, we just have dead space, digital space, that’s filled with a lot of — how should I put it — exacerbated pixels, you know, challenging each other in Nowheresville. And also the emotional complexity of that scene … It’s emotionally a very demanding, complex scene. And we very rarely get that now.”
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The real question might actually be… does the film critic have a future?