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The Laughing At Old Movies Problem

Ever sat at a public screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Godfather and found that some jerk behind you is laughing continuously at the screen even though the film in question is not a comedy? Sam Adams at Criticwire has a good piece on what it really means when a self-proclaimed sophisticate (e.g. a hipster) gets off on laughing at old movies (i.e. currently any film made before 1980).

The piece is far from a “get off my lawn”-type screed. For one thing, Adams notes that there are others who’ve observed this unfortunate phenomenon. But what this problem has to say about modern audiences’ willingness to stretch their cultural imagination is more disturbing.

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I'm a film reviewer for the Beyond Chron blog. Agnes Varda and Hirokazu Kore-eda are among my favorite filmmakers. I occasionally break down and watch a good action film...but don't tell anyone.

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