I’m thinking that 2011 was the year that couldn’t decide what it wanted to be.
One of those, “The ‘War on Terror’ 2000s are over with Bin Ladin dead and troops out of Iraq and the 2010s haven’t decided what their theme is yet –- so… we’re just marking time…?”.
Think about it –- Newt Gingrich is running for President and Prince is on tour. Does that make it 1995 all over again?
The most anticipated film of the year is a silent movie. Are the 1920’s about to come roaring back?
Wait. Unemployment is skyrocketing, everybody’s in debt and the banks are collapsing. So it’s like the 1930’s, right?
Time Magazine names “The Protestor” their Person Of The Year. Then it’s the 60’s that are on the horizon?
Man, I hope so. I can still fit into that fringe jacket in the closet and I look bitchin’ in it too!
In searching around for something that symbolized this confusion, I found a wonderful little film by Belgian filmmaker Vincent Bal.
It was filmed in 1996, in B&W and as an homage to film noirs of the 1940’s and 50’s, so it fits our schizophrenic present to a T.
And it takes place at Christmas, so that works too!
Please don’t try to figure it out until the end –- because, trust me, you won’t.
It’s very 2011. But a great way to –- Enjoy Your Sunday!