timespace coordinates: 2006 – 2018 Brightburn, Kansas
Brightburn is a 2019 American superhero horror film directed by David Yarovesky and produced by James Gunn and Kenneth Huang. It stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman and Jackson A. Dunn. The film is a horror take on the Superman origin/mythos.
(Superman traditionally stands for “truth, justice and the American way”. The essay Caitlyn is writing when she’s visited by Brandon is “The Decline of Truth and Justice in the Modern World”, identifying Brandon as a twisted, dark version of Superman born from the death of the values that the original one embodied.)
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timespace coordinates: 1980’s. the American Midwest
Near Dark is a 1987 American neo-western horror film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by her and Eric Red.
The story follows a young man in a small midwestern town who becomes involved with a family of nomadic American vampires. Starring the little-known actors Adrian Pasdar and Jenny Wright, the film was part of a revival of serious vampire movies in the late 1980s. It received positive reviews for its mix of the Western, biker and vampire movie genres. Over the years, the film has gained a cult following. (wiki)
timespace coordinates: 1934 Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, LouisianaThe Highwaymen is a 2019 American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock and written by John Fusco. The film follows Frank Hamer and Maney Gault (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson), two Texas Rangers who attempt to track down and apprehend notorious criminals Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930s. Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, Kim Dickens, Thomas Mann and William Sadler also star. The Highwaymen began a limited theatrical release in the United States on March 15, 2019 and was released digitally on March 29, 2019 on Netflix. (wiki)
“The art direction is equally meticulous in illustrating the time period: the migrant camps and other settings, the clothes and incidentals, including old-time chenille bedspreads. In addition, the film doesn’t gloss over Bonnie and Clyde’s merciless brutality.” (Diane Carson review)
timespace coordinates: summer of 1981 > Christmas Eve 1991 Hutchinson, Kansas / New York CityMysterious Skin is a 2004 Dutch-American drama film directed by American filmmaker Gregg Araki, who also wrote the screenplay based on Scott Heim‘s 1995 novel of the same name.
Mysterious Skin tells the story of two pre-adolescent boys who are sexually abused by their baseball coach, and how it affects their lives in different ways into their young adulthood. One boy becomes a reckless, sexually adventurous male prostitute, while the other retreats into a reclusive fantasy of alien abduction. (wiki)
The film score was composed by Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie.