Saturday, May 5, 2012

126) Detention (2011)

126) Detention (2011) Dir: Joseph Kahn Date Released: April 13, 2012 Date Seen: April 22, 2012 Rating: 4.25/5

I fucking adored this film. Its brazen post-post-modern attitude is equal parts Gregg Araki and Richard Kelly and its sense of humor is just too irresistibly punky and nerdy for me not to love it. I also can intensely relate to the film's basic concern, namely the notion that our collective sense of misappropriated nostalgia has gotten so out of control that we now conflate signifiers from the '80s with the '90s with the '00s to the point where everything's insanely fucked. You make a movie that embraces that chaos and has fun with the idea that our pop culture present is a weird hybrid period of blank pastiche, and you do it with as much style and humor as Joseph Kahn did? Yeah, you're pretty much guaranteed a spot on my top 10 films of the year list. 


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