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“the rubric of independence”

"the rubric of independence"

just catching up with some online reading after a weekend away… “It makes you wonder why anyone bothered,” wrote Manohla Dargis in Friday’s NY Times review of “Trust the Man“. She continued:

Like a lot of American films made under the rubric of independence, “Trust the Man” lacks urgency and purpose; you never get a sense of why this story had to be made, much less shared. With its loud noises and costly effects, the typical Hollywood blockbuster at least tries to sell itself (and more films like it) to the audience. “Trust the Man,” on the other hand, assumes that it has something the audience wants to buy. It’s an assumption that leaves a lot of talented actors hanging…

I wasn’t a fan of the bland film when I saw it at the Toronto fest last year, but I am quoting Manohla’s lines here because I am continually grappling with the state of “American Independent Film” today and I was struck by her worthwhile attempt to get at what’s wrong with some of the movies that the Indiewood companies are spending millions on.

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