Scream ★★★★★

The line "It's all one great big movie, only you can't pick your genre," got me thinking about Sidney, as well as many other characters in this, resisting against their fate–their genre–and achieving agency.

Dewey wants to be in a romantic drama but he's stuck in a cop procedural. Randy wants this to be an indie drama where the geek gets the girl when instead he's Jesse Plemons in I'm Thinking Of Ending Things. Gale Weathers thinks she sounds like a meteorologist but she's not only subverted those expectations, she stops exploiting women in news media long enough to tangibly support another woman. And Sidney wonders why she can't live in a Meg Ryan movie, but conquers her fate and becomes the "killer" (of misogynist serial killers) of her own franchise.

One sequence I noticed this time that speaks to what I love about this movie's cleverness is going from 1) The Rules 2) Gale watching the video feed of The Rules and saying "boring!" 3) Gale immediately afterwards saying "I'll be right back." The fun of being hooked by The Rules, laughing in agreement at the cynical response to them, but then feeling a genuine chill when Gale breaks one and says she'll be right back. That's what it feels like to be in the palm of a movie's hand.

!!! in my Top 4 !!!

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