Jasper Mall

Jasper Mall ★★★½

I rather miss malls, but I also recognize that the system has changed. I know that when you take off the nostalgia goggles, most malls were filled with corporate entities that we once thought we're untoppable (B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, Sam Goody, Kay Bee Toys) that ended up falling prey to even bigger businesses. But there is something mesmerizing about the hollow shells they left behind. The sounds of background chatter and music over the PA system has been replaced with the echos of a few solitary shoppers doing it more for the exercise than targeted shopping.

Jasper Mall is the best kind of documentary. Not quite Frederick Wiseman in it's approach, because it is too-much in love with it's subject matter, but it's an honest attempt to document. To show exactly what this mall is going through right now. It's honest, and sad, and something special.

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