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SCORN IN THE USA

FILMS FROM THE REIGN OF DONALD TRUMP

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By Charlie David Page
7th November 2020

In 2017, one of the most idiotic, racist, misogynistic jerks ever to run for public office became the President of the United States.

Donald Trump rose through the cult of personality, combined with a fractured and evolving media landscape, plus the ugliest aspects of populism by pandering to the crudest aspects of racial resentment. What films helped us make sense of this chaos?

The defining cinema of the Trump era is still yet to be decided, but SWITCH has collected its reviews for films that provide some indication as to how movies have processed this grim period of North American history.

Get Out - An intelligent and delectable horror classic
GET OUT
An intelligent and delectable horror classic
‘Get Out’ is an absolutely exemplary, wickedly funny, genuinely unnerving and often flat-out terrifying instant horror classic, so delectable that you almost wish it wouldn’t end.
PACmen - The rise and fall of Ben Carson
PACMEN
The rise and fall of Ben Carson
As Donald Trump is wont to say, "America does not like losers," and Walker mines comedy gold with ‘PACmen’ by illustrating why Ben Carson was exactly that.
The Post - Streep and Spielberg strike gold in portrait of a complex woman
THE POST
Streep and Spielberg strike gold in portrait of a complex woman
There’s a brazen sort of electricity pulsing through the film that is hard to disregard; a boldness that is so intrinsic to its very nature that it becomes impossible to disentangle it from the film.
BlacKkKlansman - Spike Lee plays his Trump card
BLACKKKLANSMAN
Spike Lee plays his Trump card
This is arguably one of the most necessary films of 2018. The world is currently on fire, so why not make a film on this subject that acknowledges that?
First Reformed - A meticulous drama simultaneously stunning and ominous
FIRST REFORMED
A meticulous drama simultaneously stunning and ominous
For cinema with great impact, this is an impressive experience. With the dedication shown by Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried, it's an ominous contemplation on faith far beyond the realm of religion.
Our New President - Fake news has never been so aimless
OUR NEW PRESIDENT
Fake news has never been so aimless
For a film that proves unrelentingly misguided, ‘Our New President’ offers very few redeeming qualities. It is a miscellany of disinteresting acclamations devoid of any insight.
On The Basis of Sex - Not all heroes wear capes
ON THE BASIS OF SEX
Not all heroes wear capes
Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer share great chemistry and do great justice to their real-life counterparts, and you can shed a tear over and be grateful for the path forged by those before us.
Parasite - A bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
PARASITE
A bloodthirsty and very funny look at class warfare
An engrossing, stylish and near-perfect movie. Though he often juggles a mosaic of characters, themes and social issues, Bong Joon-ho never eschews his anarchic impulses and dark humour.
Knives Out - A whodunnit worthy of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot
KNIVES OUT
A whodunnit worthy of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot
Mystery fans rejoice: this is an impeccable cinematic achievement, laced with sardonic wit, division and conflict, and of course a perplexing puzzle. This is easily one of the most fun films of 2019.
A Hidden Life - Terrence Malick's stunning ode to the power of kindness
A HIDDEN LIFE
Terrence Malick's stunning ode to the power of kindness
A remarkable and uncompromising film, 'A Hidden Life' is a work of hope and sorrow and belief in the human spirit. It's another step in the evolution and exploration in Terrence Malick's filmmaking.
Richard Jewell - Man versus media
RICHARD JEWELL
Man versus media
Despite some stumbles with the script, 'Richard Jewell' is a well-acted and admirably low-key piece from Clint Eastwood that raises a lot of questions.
Boys State - A revelation on the power of politics and young minds
BOYS STATE
A revelation on the power of politics and young minds
An absolute revelation, a blockbuster of a documentary, a rollercoaster ride of endless shocks and surprises, and easily one of the best films of the year.
Spiral - Paranoid horror in the 'burbs
SPIRAL
Paranoid horror in the 'burbs
This atmospheric thriller touches on some current themes, but leans too heavily on both its cinematic influences and cheap "boo" scares.
Totally Under Control - Watching the dominos fall in the U.S. pandemic catastrophe
TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL
Watching the dominos fall in the U.S. pandemic catastrophe
The story at the centre of this documentary is not one of mistakes and misfortune, but of a known danger being alerted and then wilfully ignored. It's certainly a film that feels necessary right now.
Feels Good Man - From stoner frog to bonafide hate symbol
FEELS GOOD MAN
From stoner frog to bonafide hate symbol
Arthur Jones tells an absorbing story about how something as simple as a cartoon frog can be easily co-opted and corrupted to become a symbol of pure malevolence.
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