by Walter Chaw Randy Moore's ridiculously-ballsy Escape from Tomorrow proves itself to be a good deal more than a gimmick--said gimmick being that it posits the Magic Kingdom as the locus, the key modern metaphor, for bourgeois discontent, with much of the picture shot surreptitiously on the grounds of Disneyland and Disney World. It's very much the model of a Luis Buñuel film, not just for its expert surrealism, but also for its sharply-reasoned social satire. It does the impossible in our modern conversation by feeling urgent and fresh, presenting something that's genuinely shocking to our jaded sensibilities. If there's anything left that is perverse, one is this violation of such a famously litigious sacred cow. It isn't even that the idea of using Disney as the eye of a capitalist/vaguely fascistic hurricane is particularly novel: consider that David Mamet took it on in his collection of essays Some Freaks--not to mention the gallons of ink spilled on its essentially corrupt nature by wanks following the long immolation of Disney products Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus. No, what's novel about Escape from Tomorrow is that it does what it does through images; it is essentially this generation's Superstar, in which Todd Haynes told the life and death of Karen Carpenter using Barbie and Ken dolls. A picture that understands its subject and its relationship to popular culture well enough to make everyone pretty uncomfortable with their own complicity in it all, it's an indictment of a collective upbringing. The recognition you experience is of your own indoctrinated childhood.