SWF: An Introduction

by on Mar.27, 2011

[Disclaimer: Intro based entirely on the trailer and a vague memory of this movie]

In the summer of 1991, Terminator 2: Judgment Day broke box office records with its techno-apocalyptic vision of the future declaring war on the present day. The following summer, audiences were treated to another sci-fi action horror fantasy about utopian technology and the impending end of human beings. This movie was Single White Female. Its premise is a warning to those of us living in the future: Propagate your image at your own risk. As the plot of this piece of work indicates, a life and the image of a life cannot live at the same time, and so it happens that what validates one’s existence may also eradicate it. The image starts by making demands. It asks where the hell you’ve been. It sleeps with your boyfriend. Finally it burns your clothes and comes after you with a meat hook.

Tonight we’re going to witness a prophetic allegory of the Facebook era, distributed by Columbia Pictures in 1992. Twenty years later we are all celebrities, in love and at war with our image. Tonight, we are all single white females.

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