MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA

When it comes to high drama, there probably isn’t any time in a person’s life that is as tumultuous and dramatic as high school. Well, combat maybe, but not everyone has to face the front lines. They do have to face first period, and when you’re in the shit, it can seem just as bad. Many movies have mined high school histrionics for great effect (the 2000 Japanese dystopian film, Battle Royal, possibly being the greatest) and though the dynamics of class, race, gender and sexual orientation within the hallowed halls of secondary education are certainly well-plowed, fresh aesthetics can … Continue reading MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA

COMPLIANCE

Compliance is the second feature from writer/director, Craig Zobel. It is a movie of faceless authority and how helpless we can be to it. Right out of the gate, we are told that it is “inspired by true events”. The events that this story pulls from are specific but also stand-in for greater and more expansive events in human history. I just wanted to help out. I was just following orders. I just did what I was told. Excuses we tell ourselves to absolve us of our actions. Compliance is not a film of entertainment, it is a film of propaganda. Not one … Continue reading COMPLIANCE