Post-pop cinema : the search for meaning in new American film /

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Author / Creator:Mayshark, Jesse Fox.
Imprint:Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2007.
Description:198 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject:Motion pictures -- United States.
Motion picture producers and directors -- United States.
Motion picture producers and directors.
Motion pictures.
United States.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9780275990800 (alk. paper)
027599080X (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-194) and index.
Review by Choice Review

This is a breezy, ultimately inconsequential book that offers Mayshark's thoughts on a group of contemporary filmmakers (all male but one) who are supposedly auteurs of "post pop cinema." The volume includes long essays on the works of Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell, and Wes Anderson and briefer comments on Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, David Fincher, Sofia Coppola, and Richard Kelly. Unfortunately, the book reads like a series of detailed, hammered-out reviews. The author slogs through the films and filmmakers in question with dogged insistence, becoming so caught up in the details that he loses sight of the book's overarching theme, "search for meaning in new American film." A lot of the essays contain mostly plot summary, with some "reviewer-level" criticism thrown in, but none of the analysis is penetrating, so the book never gets under the surface of the films and filmmakers it attempts to cover. Summing Up: Not recommended. W. W. Dixon University of Nebraska--Lincoln

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Review by Library Journal Review

Mayshark, an experienced staff editor for the New York Times News Service, has written perhaps the first in-depth study of the major contributors to the culturally and cinematically aware, accessibly eccentric "post-pop cinema." Mayshark interprets the creative output of directors from Wes Anderson to David O. Russell to Sofia Coppola, among others, who deal so originally and truthfully with their characters' struggles for individuality and clarity. His study of Todd Haynes in particular, covering films such as Safe, Far from Heaven, and the controversial Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, reveals a genuine understanding of the director's attempts to combine cinematic artistry with complex and often tragic characterizations. Mayshark illustrates that even as this period in American filmmaking creates new ways of storytelling, the seed of it all remains the difficult joy and madness of finding one's place in the world. This is a highly engaging and informative study of a sensibility more than a genre; recommended for all academic and public libraries.-Peter Thornell, Hingham P.L., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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