/Film just put a very intriguing article about the changes in film over the past two decades. Of course, since it is 2010, numerous film critics have listed their top movies for the past 10 years, but /Film goes a step further and asks what the movies we made in the past 10 years say about us.

/Film quotes an interview with David Edelstien, a New York film critic about the differences in the types of movies over the past two decades. It reads:

And it also made me think that at the end of the last decade came “The Matrix,” and “The Matrix” sort of played on this sense that we all have that maybe reality isn’t real, that maybe we’re living in a vast simulacrum, and so much of the movies of the ’90s, say, were about managing to break through into real life, break through from this illusory life into what is real and tactile.

And now we come to the end of this decade, and there’s this wonderful movie out called “Avatar” in which it’s only by going into this make-believe word a man can truly fulfill his potential, can rewrite history. It’s sort of a Native-American parable in which we actually go back and save the Native Americans from the imperialist, capitalist forces that would wipe them out.

And I just thought it was really striking that we’ve come about-face, and now we sort of hunger for our virtual selves, our avatars to take on, you know, the final frontier, which is maybe in our own minds.

It’s an interesting point. The /Film article goes on to bring up Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Synecdoche, New York. I haven’t seen Synecdoche, but I can vouch for Eternal Sunshine. I completely agree with Mr. Edelstien. We saw several adaptions of Philip K. Dick Novels (A Scanner Darkly) and the 2000s were also the rise of Mr. Gondry’s career and, of course, his films are all about breaking away from reality (Science of Sleep).

There are tons of other things you can analyze about the past decade in film. For instance, the rise of fantasy and superhero films, but I’m definitely the most intrigued by the “changes” in our mindset. As for the reasons for our desire to escape from reality, one could postulate several, several reasons. I was reading some of the comments on the article and 9/11 was a big talking point. I can’t speak for the mindset of the American people, but after tragedies, we definitely seek some sort of comfort.

And I think it should be noted that the films that are mentioned are mostly about films coming from the US film market.

What do you think?


thanks to /Film