Baum Mots: Mall Fare

…I’d like to think that kind of niche viewing is the wave of the future, something that will put a lot of mall fare to shame. And applying this notion to a couple of features opening this week, I’d like to think that a quietly precious piece of artfully arranged storytelling like The Cats of Mirikitani and a brassy piece of bluster like The Hoax represent respectively the future and present of movies. The first is addressed to its audience like a personal letter; the second isn’t addressed to anyone at all. Watching it is like being sprayed with paint.

– “Two Takes on the Truth“, review of The Hoax/The Cats of Mirikatani, CR 6 April 2007

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