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Eduardo Antin <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 28 Jul 1996 05:24:06 -0300
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Tony Williams wrote:
> On this developing desensitization issue in recent Hollywood movies, reade=
>may want to look up Geoff Brown's review of TWISTER in yesterday's (July 24=
>LONDON TIMES (also available in Web format). Brown commented upon the tende=
>within this Spielberg-Crichton product to treat human beings as playthings
>for special effects dominance. It is a feature characteristic of other
>contemporary films.
Although this "treating human beings as playthings for special effects=
 dominance" stuff sonuds interesting, I think TWISTER (a good film, in my=
 humble and naive but not so naive opinion) cannot be blamed on such matters=
 as, say, JURASSIC PARK. In TWISTER, the relation between a group of humans=
 and nature is what counts, and (in spite of how the film was marketed and=
 reviewed) special effects are not very important. The bottom line is (again=
 IMHANBNSNO) that there is no such thing as a "Spielberg-Crichton product"=
 in terms of film appreciation or, if you want, in terms of film=
 appreciation outside "film studies" paradigm.
By the way, PULP FICTION is not a good example of a violent film in any=
 sense. You should look at ACE VENTURA to find fascism in Hollywood.
El Amante Cine Magazine
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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