The Power of Movies (2005) Colin McGinn synthesizes ideas about seeing movies with the passion of a buff — and the not-so-easily-untangled prose of a Rutgers University philosophy professor in… 2005-12-13 Nonfiction Philosophy and Religion Pantheon
Book Review

The Power of Movies (2005)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Dec 13, 2005; Writer: Colin McGinn; Genres: Nonfiction, Philosophy and Religion; Publisher: Pantheon

Colin McGinn synthesizes ideas about seeing movies with the passion of a buff — and the not-so-easily-untangled prose of a Rutgers University philosophy professor in The Power of Movies. While his ideas about the relationship between movies and the mind are astute, his sentences tend to require the literary equivalent of pause-and-rewind. (To offset the dryness of theory, he uses a lot of chatty italics.) McGinn is particularly persuasive about the similarities between the experience of movie-watching and dreaming, and he has some lovely, nontangled things to say about the voyeuristic thrill of seeing facial close-ups.

Originally posted Dec 02, 2005 Published in issue #853 Dec 09, 2005 Order article reprints