Todd Haynes, [Safe]
A long overdue return to what was hailed as one of the great films of the 90s but which, as far as I'm concerned, is just as relevant to today's insane world. Who does this speech remind you of?
"Aw, god, um, I just want to thank Chris for doing this, and everybody here so much, um, it's just, you pulled me through a really hard period. Anyway, I couldn't have done it without you. [Applause.] I do not know what I'm saying, just that I really hated myself before I came here, and, um, so I'm trying to see myself hopefully, um, more as I am, more, um, more positive, like seeing the pluses, like, I think, it's slowly opening up now, people's minds, like, um, educating, and, and, AIDS, and, um, and other types of diseases, 'cuz, 'cuz, and it is a disease, 'cuz it's out there, and we just have to be more aware of it, um, with, people aware of it, and, um, even ourselves, like, uh, going, reading labels and, and, going into buildings."
Sure, Chump would never admit to hating himself - has there ever been anyone who had a higher opinion of himself than the fucking moron in the White House? - but the incoherent rambling, phrases that trail off nowhere are par for the course in our twittertwatter selfiestick world. Make of the AIDS subtext(s) what you will (this write-up's not too bad http://www.othervoices.org/2.3/jgrossman/
) - I think the movie's about much more than that - it's a truly first-class piece of work in every way. The framing, camera movements, use of colour and extraneous sound (can't any of the poor deluded fools at Wrenwood hear those trains, planes and trucks?) and, needless to say, the performances of everyone concerned. Great movie.