My friend Holly Johnson invented this useful term in the late 1990s: Endreal — where the explicit message of a film is the antithesis of its implicit message. Perhaps even an unintended subversion. For example: Ducky’s rejection in John Hughes’ PRETTY IN PRINK; Trinity’s perfect eyebrows outside of the perfect world of the MATRIX. Such a helpful term to describe what would otherwise simply be a mindfuck.

And really, endreal doesn’t only describe a trope of film: it applies to numerous populist political campaigns and revolutionary movements. Can you think of other examples?

I remember Holly offering FIGHT CLUB as another film where this happens, if I’m remembering correctly, because of the emphasis and implicit glorification of toxic male violence as the means by which revolution and liberation are effected.

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