Reality sucks; we need movies that balance the equation

Commenting upon my previous post, the following observation was made by a Facebook friend: “I was thinking about [The Mist] the other day and I suspect one of the reasons that picture didn’t do so great at the [box office] was because of the ending. It was a one[-]two punch of bleakness (and I loved it) at the end of a pretty dark film. Unfortunately, I think what many self[-]important indy films, Canadian and otherwise, suffer from is a disconnect from a general audience. They’re created in a vacuum and Read More …

Why are dysphoric stories perceived as more authentic?

Forty-seven films and three galas later, my indulgence in the Vancouver International Film Festival is over for this year; and while I saw a good many great films, I found too much of the fiction on offer to be dysphoric. This emphasis on the negative arises, I believe, from a misconception among independent filmmakers that a positive film is inauthentic; and that in their search for an alleged authentic voice, filmmakers have forgotten why we go to the cinema. They have forgotten that we, the audience, seek a momentary escape Read More …