There's more than a hint of self-gratification and affected artfulness
in Rotheroe's approach that dulls the emotional impact of the material, giving it a somewhat artificial feel.
Amano's attempt to fuse past, present, and future is at its most explicit here, and despite the project's self-conscious artfulness
, the results are surprisingly fresh.
Such is the artfulness
of his and Taymor's work that the bird's transformation into human form in the end almost comes as a disappointment.
But unlike those films, or previous, high-concept serial-murder comedies like Man Bites Dog, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and Serial Mom, which have a quasi-immature dastardliness that offsets their deconstructible artfulness
, American Psycho is grown-up to the max.
of his work is almost undone by the author's apparent need to make art imitate life.
More than any of Irvine's earlier work, this orchestral installation pitted the seductive comforts of artfulness
and artifice against an implied desire for true revelation and exposure.
While a sweeping, multilevel story is well organized here, there's little artfulness
in the execution.
Furthermore, Levin's from-the-hip style, which could scarcely be more different from the deliberate artfulness
of Aronofsky's, comes across like a dispatch from the front, especially in the intense prison scenes, some of which used real inmates.
This strategy could be confining, but The American Chestnut, a series of loosely linked monologues, was staged with a steady ingenuity that put the lie to those who deny her work's artfulness