Mark Street, Survey of Critical Response

All of the movie reviews on Mark Street's work are very positive. The critiques that reviewers gave on his movies really gave him a great deal of credit for his work. Street has won many awards, and the reviews confirm the value of his work.

One review on the movie, The Domestic Universe, describes his work in a great way. The movie is about the changes in which fathers go through in bringing up their children. "The Domestic Universe is a poetic meditation on intimacy and the swoon of new fatherhood... often assumes the visual perspective of a crawling, exploring child. But mostly the movie captures the shifting tectonics of gender roles. " Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun. The review is very complementary to his work.

Another review is on the movie Fulton Fish Market. The movie shows the action behind the fish market during the night hours using great hand made special effects. He "Éblends scenes of the legendary waterfront market filmed in the early hours of the morning with hand-painted, emulsion-scratched abstractions turning the place into something beautiful and mysterious." Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2/27/04. This is another positive review for Street. The review gives a really good description of the movie.

One of his movies At Home and Asea also had good reviews. The movie shows the struggles of urban life for 5 different characters. " Experimental filmmaker Mark Street, who lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, returns to Filmforum with the L.A. premiere of At Home and Asea (2002), a collage of portraits charting the disillusionment shared by a group of Baltimore denizens. Street, whose previous work includes striking abstract pieces, as well as films in which he's scratched and bleached the emulsion, here works with digital video; this allows him to capture intimate and casual moments with his subjects, who include three single mothers, a 23-year-old beer-drinking slacker and a man trying to understand his deceased father's loge by revisiting what the elderly man left behind. While it's never entirely clear what's scripted and what's real, the video nevertheless gradually acquires a weighty torpor as the characters fight the inertia wrought by the exhausting, uphill struggle to create lives that live up to expectations. Street has always been adept at aligning invisible emotions with their physical counterparts, and here he perfectly captures his subjects' anomie with images of Baltimore's anonymous buildings and blighted neighborhoods. Their growing despair is perhaps best embodied, though, in shots showing boats bobbing slowly up and down on the gray water against the evanescent, lead-colored fog." (Holly Willis) Holly Willis gives a positive explanation of the movie itself. The review also states how "Éhe perfectly captures his subjects anomie with imagesÉ" It also gives him credit on how he aligns visible emotions with physical counterparts. The comments in the review are very uplifting for Street.

The last review is about his newest feature film Rockaway. Rockaway is the story of three high school girls on their last night of high school. It also shows the struggles they have living in New York City and what will come in the adult world. " Combining elements of fearless childhood with the sadness of moving on, Rockaway combines unique monologues and flashbacks with outer-city scenery and abandoned architecture to create a sweet and powerful look into the future of narrative cinema." Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and The review uses very strong words such as "unique", "sweet", and "powerful." The critic really enjoys the way Street made the movie. Yet again, Street gets another positive review.

All of the comments on Street's movies help make his work more creditable. There are no negative reviews that were found while I was researching him. Overall, Mark Street is looked at as an artist that makes his work very professional and brilliant.

--Frank Juliano, 2006.

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