"I am your enemy, but your enemy won't be gone when you kill me."
"My brother is a revolutionary."
"Is it future...or is it past?"
trapped in the rotting corpse of American dreams and myths, unable to escape the trauma and violence so long buried under the surface that only now starts showing its true face. still cannot believe this exists, a work so overwhelming in its scope and emotional breadth that it's almost impossible to write about. probably the greatest film of the 21st century thus far.
"Small businessman that always, always, always gets it in the ass!"
the face of American capitalism peeled off to reveal a slaughterhouse, where people are nothing more than meat to be butchered, skinned, cooked, and served for profit. and yet the family of cannibals is still capable of having perversely tender moments, from Leatherface putting a face-mask on Stretch to Chop Top howling in pain over the decomposed corpse of his grandmother. the sheer horror and nastiness of the film is such that it's near impossible at times not to burst out with uncontrollable fits of laughter, if only because that's easier than screaming.
the modern, neoliberalized university as a site that teaches diversity, creativity, and democracy only to step on those very values when students and faculty take them into practice. student protestors overwhelmed by individual demands get subsumed by the emotionless bureaucracy working in tandem with law enforcement to maintain order. Wiseman's focus on workers is also incredibly astute -- one of the most arresting moments of the film comes when administrators have a group laugh over how hard a groundskeeper must…