Thursday, May 26, 2016

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

I wonder if there's anyone out there in the world still trying to make films in the Dogme 95 style. I'll assume that since there are people out there who still listen to Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray, the answer is yes. But like late 90's beach-rock, the Danish "vow of chastity" wasn't meant to last. It was merely a pallet cleanser for two filmmakers who had grown bored with shooting traditional coverage. And I guess it worked since both of those filmmakers are presently producing better work than they were before they took and abandoned those vows. Like Luke Skywalker, they had to unlearn what they had learned. Hopefully the intrepid souls out there who are still trying to get their films certified aren't debut filmmakers. I guarantee that you'll never get to a film as exquisite as Melancholia or Far From the Madding Crowd if you start your career with handheld non-genre films.

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