Yesterday I came across this interview Gawker did with Rose McGowan, who was promoting her short movie Dawn. They embedded the movie, but I went straight to the interview and started reading all about how it was a movie about class and about gender until I got to the part where it’s 18 minutes long. And then I said, “I can spend that kind of time watching this” and so I did. And I got mad. The more I think about it, the more mad I get. Because there’s two possibilities:
1) Everything Rose McGowan said was meaningless, and the movie is meaningless. It’s a not-particularly-pleasant way to spend 18 minutes. It’s something you watch “just to see what it’s like” and the answer is, “not fun.” There are lots of long silences where the characters look at each other, and those silences are the meaning of the movie. Or…
2) You can take what Rose McGowan says at face value, that this is a movie about class and about gender. In which case, the moral of the story is that poor people are evil and women are weak-willed. Poor women are evil and weak-willed.
And after you’ve seen the movie, and realized these two possibilities, you see the credits, which are a minute and a half long. So you can sit and ponder all of the people that went into making this and what on earth they were thinking. And get mad. Going back and reading the rest of the interview won’t help.