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Geoff Pevere: Running on Hope

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2011 by segarini

America needs its innocence, even if it knows the very idea is a crock. But that’s also why it needs its movies: to reinforce the mythology of innocence lost, and to remind everybody how the system sucks the souls of the innocent like a thirsting vampire. Only the undead survive.

Weirdly enough, there’s hope in this, because the mere reiteration of the myth insists we get angry at the ubiquity of corruption, and where there’s anger there’s always the possibility of mobilisation for change. And that’s always inspiring, at least until the mobilized start to feel the old dampness creeping in. So the story is spun again: beware ye innocent, for the vampire thrives on your hope.

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Geoff Pevere: Drive and the 3-Chord Principle

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2011 by segarini

A couple of weeks ago, I was speaking to a group about the bruised and dented state of the movie reviewing profession, when the inevitable question came up: “Why has Hollywood run out of ideas?”

That’s not exactly how it was put, but the sentiment provoking it was something I’d been hearing ever since, as a paid moviegoer, I first opened the floor to questions and comments. Hollywood has been in decline since before I can remember, and it’s last truly new idea went up in smoke with Kane’s Rosebud.

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