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‘Drive’ reveals new possibilities of what cinema can be

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Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 8:03 am

I’m generally cynical regarding the state of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, but the fact remains that there are a number of “great” movies released each year. They may seem few and far between, but carefully crafted, engaging, four-star movies still don’t qualify as an endangered species in the modern studio system.

However, it seems that films of true, unique, bold vision — movies that grab hold of your imagination, revel in the intoxicating power of the filmic image, and reveal new possibilities for what cinema can be — are more or less extinct, deemed to risky for financial backing and wide exposure in a culture that has made Kevin James into a box-office draw. The average moviegoer never even hears about them, if they’re even made at all.

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