With so many new great books out (and more on the way), QB has basically neglected the movies this summer. We’ve managed to see two interesting, and very different approaches to documentary—Rize and The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill—but, beyond that, we’ve neglected the theaters this summer. Judging from reviews, that’s been no big loss. Luckily, we’ve been saving up the movie links:
A couple of months back, A Girl and a Gun wrote wonderfully about the movies of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, better known as the Archers. Seeing as the Archers are responsible for one of our favorite movies, it’s no surprise that this essay resonates so strongly with us. All the same, it’s an outstanding piece of writing.
Finally, we should mention David Thomson, one of the finest living film critics we’ve got. He’s been writing about movies for longer than QB has been alive. Here’s a taste of what he’s been thinking about lately:
As I was writing The Whole Equation, I came to believe that the brightest days of the movies coincide with a moment where a rather naive but very energetic and well intentioned, idealistic country had its finest hour. The history of movies is so short that we’re not accustomed to relating the films to the world around them–in the way that perhaps we are with buildings. We can look at architecture now and see how history was changing. But I think there may be just the same kind of relationship between changing times and the expression of popular culture.
There’s more, much more, here.