The ‘Future’ Of Movies? Critic Says It’s Not So Bright

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:

On a famous scene in Apocalypse Now, and why such scenes are becoming less common 

“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?