Overview of Postmodern Movies
Like television, postmodern movies and films are a mainstay of mass-market American culture. The range of independent films to big budget Hollywood blockbusters all exhibit (and build off of) many of the Postmodern motifs shared by other art forms. Below you will find a description of the most significant themes and examples of related moves.
|Pastiche||Self-referential, tongue-in-cheek, rehashes of classic pop culture|
|Flattening of Affect||Technology, violence, drugs, and the media lead to detached, emotionless, unauthentic lives|
|Hyperreality||Technologically created realities are often more authentic or desirable than the real world|
|Time Bending||Time travel provides another way to shape reality and play "what if" games with society|
|Altered States||Drugs, mental illness and technology provide a dark, often psychedelic, gateway to new internal realities|
|More Human than Human||Artificial intelligence, robotics, and cybernetics seek to enhance, or replace, humanity|