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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: Xer attitudes start showing up

The cheerfully deadpan attitudes of young filmmakers started busting out all over in earnest with the new millennium. From my review of Shadow of a Vampire:

Perhaps it’s only a coincidence that three films in the last month — Unbreakable, The Gift, and now Shadow of the Vampire — have cast the supernatural as normal, the paranormal as real. Or perhaps it springs from the cultural zeitgeist surrounding young filmmakers like Shyamalan, Raimi, and Shadow‘s director E. Elias Merhige, members (or just about) of a generation — mine — that is more likely to believe in UFOs than that Social Security will be around when it’s our turn to retire. Nothing is outrageous to us — it’s all so down-to-earth in that shrugging, what’re-ya-gonna-do kind of way….

So it does sorta makes sense that we’d treat even the wildest, out-there bizarreness with a deadpan reality. Like, what if the dude who played Nosferatu in that great old 1922 silent German horror movie was actually really a vampire? Cool.

review of Shadow of the Vampire, posted 01.03.01

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