The Power of Movies
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.