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Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story


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An allegory for a working class suburb in decline, this film investigates the story of Shawn Nelson, who stole a tank and went on a rampage through the residential streets of Clairemont, CA.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
City of Meth and Tanks Aug. 11 2012
By S. Smith-Peter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a fascinating documentary about the world and San Diego, Calif. It takes the news story of a plumber who drove a tank on the highway and was shot by police and opens it up into a much larger exploration of post-industrial malaise in America.

The documentary shows how meth spread to San Diego via imperial wars such as Vietnam. There's also some interesting commentary by a cop there about how meth is a lower middle class drug because it appeals to the idea of self-reliance. Thus, meth emerges as a drug both imperial and Emersonian.

I found it especially interesting how we meet the tank driver, Shawn Nelson's, friends and neighbors and get to know them before we realize that they're meth users/ addicts. Especially poignant is the repeated testimony that there were lots of guys who wanted him to show them how to become plumbers too. There's a real sense of being stuck and locked in at the bottom here.

The essays are also excellent. They put the film into context. It would be a great film to use in a class discussing Mike Davis' City of Quartz or any of the books on the use of American urban space for control and surveillance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
JUST A REGULAR GUY? Dec 25 2013
By guitar zero - Published on Amazon.com
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That's what the neighbors say about this speed freak who stole a tank and went on an urban rampage in San Diego. And oh, he also was digging a gold mine in his suburban back yard, with a shaft 17 feet deep! But he was just a regular guy!
A fascinating glimpse of a lower middle class suburb in the 1990s, where everyone is descending into the gloomy depths of drugs and/or alcohol.
Buy this film & think about it... Dec 13 2014
By Bubba-Linn Krewd, Jr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wow! What an extraordinary film! Every bit as expository of our system's total corruption and indifference toward its own population as "Roger and Me" -- with a real eye toward the growing trend toward violent repression by our police forces. Don't miss it!

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