An ugly communist revenge fantasy turns into a scathing story of (a) how oppressors teach oppression and (b) the deceptive power of bourgeois spectacle. There is no justice here; there is only viciousness. Gennarino abuses Raffaela not with regard for reforming her nor for helping his fellow workers, but out of spite. He claims he wants her to know how he feels when she abuses him, but ultimately, he proves to be as manipulative and foolish as she is. She…
say it with me now:
adam mckay’s southland tales!
i get that we’re all smart here and ‘on the nose’ is the usual response for satiric comedies that attempt to be topical to the immediate times and are speaking to the choir. but, hear me out: maybe we need these kinds of movies still? maybe the rest of the world isn’t as smart as we perceive it to be in our little hip letterboxd bubbles (and i’m not saying unsubtle…