B Is for Bad Cinema: Aesthetics, Politics, and Cultural Value (Suny Series, Horizons of Cinema)
When you mention b-movies or bad cinema, everyone pictures the same general assemblage of films, compiling cult hits, blockbusters that underperformed, curious small-time projects, the abundantly weird and underfinanced, and the odd misfires that resonate later with a different audience. But b-movies have undergone something of a resurgence recently, and even “bad cinema” no longer means what it once did.
B is for Bad Cinema collects essays examining the cultural and social value of b-movies in modern society, though from essay to essay, “bad” can mean very different things. From enjoyably schlocky (as in most b-movies) to ineffectual cinema (well-intentioned efforts that failed), from what makes a “bad” villain great to how DVD commentary can immortalize a b-movie with context and sincerity, these essays each take “bad” in a different direction, making for something of a confusing read overall.
The editors have even coined a term I’ve never encountered before — paracinema — and they seem a little too pleased with themselves every time they use it, as if “b-movies” simply doesn’t get the job done anymore.
Each b-movie fan will find one or two articles of interest, but the collection as a whole will leave them a little cold.
Chris Hayden has been working at City Book Review since 2012, so that makes him the keeper of knowledge. He manages the office and book reviewers (all 200 of them!), which is no small feat. If you’re looking at the book reviews here, you’re seeing them because he sent the books out for review. Without him, this place would fall apart, because no one else in the office knows how to use the postage machine. Two words: job security.
|Author||Edited by Claire Perkins and Constantine Verevis|
|Page Count||274 pages|
|Publisher||State University of New York Press|
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|Category||Music & Movies|