Well, it reminds me of the stupid criticism of the films of Whit Stillman, like The
Last Days of Disco. They complain that it’s a film about white people, just about white
people. Oh, now you’re concerned about “just about white people?” What about when 90% of the movies that come out there are only about white people, that’s okay. When they finally get a filmmaker who understands what race and class mean, they complain. Actually, let me put it better: When they get a filmmaker who understands what white privilege means, then they complain. Filmmakers who just accept white privilege as the natural order, that’s fine. Let’s celebrate that and throw some Oscars at it.
—Armond White, in interview with Steven Boone
January’s been slim pickings around here, for reasons both good and bad. I’ll be back soon, I promise. In the meantime, have you checked out Steven Boone’s site, Big Media Vandalism? If not, what’s your excuse? A cornucopia awaits. In particular, there are two things well worth your attention:
1. Boone and Odienator use American Gangster (the movie, not the Jay-Z album) to riff on the state of black folks in cinema, both in front and behind the camera. The conversation amounts to a thoughtful, often hilarious wrap-up on American filmmaking in 2007.
2. Boone covers the state of film criticism as well. In December, he conducted a three-part interview with provocateur film critic Armond White in which neither participant pulled any punches: Part I, Part II, and Part III. Every line is worth reading, and I’m willing to bet some of it will infuriate you, no matter who you are.
Hop to it, folks.