Nick Rombes new book is out, using a simple constrained model – where you look at a frame 10, 40, and 70 minutes into a film – to think about film writing and criticism. This is deeply appealing as a conceit and a concept. It lets the film be a provocation to thought where, let’s face it, so much academic writing on film domesticates the film to fit the writing. There is a ludic risk here that grants an OULIPEAN indifference to the procedure that allows for a deep commitment to thinking and writing about film as an event, rather than a reporting upon. 10/40/70: Constraint as Liberation in the Era of Digital Film Theory: Nicholas Rombes: 9781782791409: Amazon.com: Books.