Thank you, MUBI!!! I hope you ignore the ignorance on parade in the reviews and push harder at this kind of thing. Evidently people need more, not less, exposure to art/experiental film and film history. I have not been keeping up with life here, so I hope it is redundent for me to suggest more essays for films, more framing and contextualizing in addition to in-depth stuff for people who are ready for it.
"The sight of immediate reality has become an orchid in the land of technology" - Walter Benjamin. Glad to see a movie that tries to communicate something more complex than 'technology evil, nature good' (although that still seems to be the way some commenters are interpreting it). This movie reminded me that I'll apparently never tire of cinema's ability to play with scale, to turn minutia into landscape.
I honestly don't know why this is in the list of now showing. It's not even a film and is just quick flashing images of circuit boards and flowers. I would not recommend watching this even though its only 5 minutes long it. The only thing I got from this "film" was a headache.
I want to begin my review by saying even though the film was put together in a clever way, I do not understand what Jodie Mack is trying to show us. The flashing of still images of circuit boards and landscape flowers in all honesty gave me a headache. I’m also very confused on what these images have to do with each other. Which leaves me with a lot of questions, is she trying to compare technology to nature, or ?
I’m not at all opposed to experimental cinema, but these flashes of flowery fields and discarded circuit boards just gave me a headache. Maybe it’s different when projected, but on my big screen plasma tv it was a harrowing watch.
I have never seen an avant-garde film before so this was my first. At first I was a bit confused and didn't really know what to expect but as I continued watching it I think I understood it a bit more. I liked the contrast between the images of the electronic circuits to the images of the flowers. It seemed to me that the film was trying to show their differences. I also liked how it then shows the images together.