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Re: What Genres Will Reflect This Era?
Don, it is interesting to me how quickly the critics (those who are left) fall into lockstep these days, and how closely that tendency seems to be related to the concept of an awards season "narrative". I haven't seen either Detroit or Three Billboards yet. But the first was dismissed from the awards season narrative immediately upon arrival, amd seems to have generated little discussion. Three Billboards was welcomed warmly into that same narrative and was endlessly discussed. Both films sound interesting to me, but the disparity in reception is notable. I'll venture to guess that it's not strictly an issue of quality.
I worry when the awards, innocuous enough in themselves, become the drivers of the discussion. Because then it is not enough for a persuasive critic to champion an overlooked or under-appreciated film; there must be a chance that enough other critics and bloggers can "get behind" a film to force it into awards consideration. It's not about response or appreciation then, it's about jockeying.