THE BEST FILMS OF 2021
(a video by me)
Not totally sure why, but I'm fascinated by this idea of a detailed reenactment of an event that's more interested in the mosaical, involuntary choreography of minor real-life spectacle than the sequence of actions per se. Maybe it's time to finally watch Synedoche (or rewatch that bar episode of Nathan For You).
Brooke: What's going on in college?
Tracy: I don't know, everyone's really excited about this frozen yogurt machine at the student center.
B: I watched my mother die.
B: I was with my mother while she died.
T: I don't know any dead people.
B: That's cool about the frozen yogurt machine. Everyone I love dies.
"Pop culture is the politics of the 21st century".
Wes Craven gets it. A horror thriller about women-hating Hollywood creeps that blame their actions on their victims, so, not timely at all. It's also, mostly, about deep, violent traumas coming back, and gaining physical form, to haunt people who had their lives defined by tragedy. That, of course, plays into the picture's meta-commentary on trilogies and the series' discussion of movie violence vs real-life violence. By definition, the best franchise…