Donald Trump has been president since January 2017 and whether it will go on any longer after November remains to be seen.
If he is to be ousted from office by Joe Biden it will be interesting to see how people in the arts will document this bizarre period of US politics.
In many ways, the film world has been delivering an ever-increasing damming portrayal of the world in the era of Trump, where nationalism, bigotry, racism and blind faith in the wrong individuals have been rifer than ever.
Seeking to learn what movies best sum up Trump's presidency, A.A. Dowd, a film critic for AV Club, asked Twitter what film best captures the last four years. His selection was the 2018 Korean film Burning by director Lee Chang-dong about a man who descends further into paranoia and destruction after becoming obsessed with a girl.
What movie from the past four years best captures the Tr*mp era? It's not American, but I'd lean towards BURNING, w… https://t.co/UpfktOkRXN
Dowd was inundated with suggestions, ranging from everything to Joker, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, Adam Sandler's Uncut Gems, the Oscar-winning Parasiteand even the all-female fronted reboot of Ghostbusters.
@AADowd I don't take pleasure in saying this, but JOKER.
— Kevin L. Lee 🔜 #Sundance (@Kevin L. Lee 🔜 #Sundance)
My answer is JOKER, I'm afraid. https://t.co/mwVTGGr864
A very popular choice was Armando Iannucci's 2017 film The Death of Stalin a satirical look at the aftermath of the death of Josef Stalin in the Soviet Union and the absurd situation that created, despite millions suffering as a result. This feels even more pertinent given Trump's recent diagnosis with coronavirus.
This is a solid pick but it's pretty hard to deny the relevance of THE DEATH OF STALIN to our current political and… https://t.co/9B7QWP2eye
Of course, there is no right or wrong answer to this and as long as a film can display things a toxic masculine environment, racism, neglecting responsibilities and just sheer lunacy then it would probably qualify.
This writer's personal choice would be the 2019 film The Assistant, which depicts a Weinstein-like character who is clearly not a decent person to the people who work with him but are either powerless to stop him or are willing to turn a blind eye.