The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 October 2006

Missing a couple of posts

No, not here. I mean that apparently I haven't kept up with the Zeitgeist worth a darn.

Lisa Schwarzbaum's review of Marie Antoinette (in Entertainment Weekly) contains this curious sentence:

This yummy-looking, artfully personal historical fantasia, borne on currents of melancholy and languor and rocking out to a divine soundtrack of 1980s New Romantic pop music (plenty of the Cure, Bow Wow Wow, and Adam Ant), is the work of a mature filmmaker who has identified and developed a new cinematic vocabulary to describe a new breed of post-post-post-feminist woman.

Emphasis added. Now what the heck does that phrase mean? I'll grant that Sofia Coppola is a filmmaker, and that she's matured, and I don't doubt her capacity to create a "new cinematic vocabulary," but I'm not quite sure where the transition from post-feminism to post-post-feminism occurred, or if it has anything to do with so-called "third-wave" feminism. If I've counted this up correctly, Coppola, says Schwarzbaum, seems to be ushering in the fourth (maybe the fifth) wave.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, particularly, though when I think of cultural harbingers, Kirsten Dunst in a big wig isn't the first image that comes to mind.

Posted at 9:07 PM to Almost Yogurt

Expecting an art critic, a movie critic, or a media critic to make actual sense is on a par with expecting your neutered parakeet to give birth to a sabre-toothed tiger:

1. The bird wasn't capable of bearing anything in the first place;
2. You simply can't germinate one from the other;
3. It's a mistake to equate noisy, bombastic demands for attention with ability or achievement.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 5:01 AM on 22 October 2006

The first commenter said it so much more intelligently than could I, but that is basically what I was going to say. Writers for the popular media string together words that appears to be similar to stringing random kernels of popcorn, cranberries, and gummy bears on a thread. It makes no logical sense unless you sit down a diagram a sentence (remember that?) with run-on, embedded, convoluted words and phrases. Even then, you may find a sentence with 3 verbs or 4 subjects. Where do they get these people? Why did the word "predicate" just pop into my head. It has been gone for 40 years...

Posted by: Winston at 7:26 AM on 22 October 2006

A movie about Marie Antoinette with an 80s pop soundtrack? Hooray, another movie to avoid.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:58 AM on 22 October 2006

A movie critic (who was panning what sounded like an eminently pannable flick) I was listening to last night described Dunst as saying, in an American accent, clever things like "OMG! What are we gonna do now?"

You're gonna do another ahistorical, superficial, morally decadent Hollywood period piece. Ms. Coppola (wonder how she got the gig???) would do well to shuck the "new cinematic vocabulary" and focus on learning how to tell a good story-even it's not the real one.

Post-post-post feminists still hate men, but they do it stylishly. No butch haircuts for this crowd.

Posted by: John Salmon at 4:07 PM on 22 October 2006