Home Video Hovel: The Incredible Shrinking Woman, by Alexander Miller

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  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    I thought jingoism meant a sort of nationalist bellicosity. Falling Down has nothing to do with war (unless you count the protagonist being a laid-off defense industry worker). The secret hero of the film is Duvall as the detective tricked into helping D-FENS commit suicide-by-cop, just trying to do his job while a maniac causes trouble.

  2. Alexander Miller says:

    Jingoism applies to the films adherence to the bullshit delusion of the “righteous, avenging male pugilist” a figure that erupts when he can’t order off the breakfast menu, takes issue with independent Korean store owners for not speaking English (well enough to his liking) and charging more for their products, he even goes as far to say “you don’t even have the grace to speak MY language?” in his argument with the Korean grocer.

    It’s emblematic of American idealism that people pump their fists in righteous support of a movie that’s nothing more than a soap box for bullshit bigoted machismo as we follow a grown man having a day-long hissy fit, which mutates into a narrative of glorified urban terrorism.
    Falling Down is a cathartic revenge fantasy for incomplete males who revel in the thought of acting out to every nit-pick of daily life, it’s an embarrassing movie that is all the more damaging now, given our current political situation.

    Duvall’s character would be fine if it wasn’t defined another archetype, the fretful wife doting over the noble cop on his last day before retirement.

    A film has everything to do with war, when it’s narrative is based on one person waging it against society.

    Anywho, thanks for reading !

  3. Alexander Miller says:

    defined *BY another archetype

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