Romcom blues

Here’s an interesting piece by Dan Mazer (best known for his work with Sasha Baron Cohen on The Ali G Show, Borat and other such fare) on his recent anti-romcom I Give it a Year. As a writer of straightforward romcoms, he has good, clear insights into the genre; his story about writing his anti-romcom is topical because it’s not completely ANTI: he’s trying (according to this article) to have both the romance and the anti-romance at once. The role of market forces (through his distributing company) also shows the extent to which stories are only allowed to reach large audiences if they’re sufficiently familiar and clear in terms of genre; directors who make genre-bending movies tend to be either so established they can do anything (e.g., Charlie Kaufman) or on the sidelines of big-money (e.g., Woody Allen). I haven’t seen Mazer’s movie (I only just heard of it today), but the reviews don’t exactly invite checking it out. It does sound a bit like a movie I have seen, The Break-Up (with Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn), which I hated watching but which was at least interesting for what it does to the myth of perfect forever love.

I don’t agree with Mazer’s praise for Knocked Up, though. I found that movie totally conventional and not very edgy at all.

Here’s the link to Mazer’s article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/feb/02/i-give-it-a-year-dan-mazer

For a much shorter and, I suspect, much better anti-romcom, here’s a truly great music video from Bob Dylan’s most recent album, Tempest (2013): http://gothamist.com/2012/08/29/watch_bob_dylans_anti-romcom_video.php. Dylan’s been busting generic expectations for decades, and unlike many washups from the sixties, seventies, eighties and even nineties and oughts, he’s still got it–and he’s 72!

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