who at mubi tagged this as horror? this overstays its welcome, and invites a panic, albeit a seemingly intellectual one, to drive its narratives; narratives which conclude nothing except a paranoia inducing assemblage of images of capitalist-imperialist globalization and its discontents
Gaddafi stuff works better than Assad stuff, but the material that's to do w/ foreign relations between the West & Middle East never fully gels w/ the larger vision of modernity as hyperreality. I'd like a more comprehensive look at Syria, & also Russia (Surkov is very deus ex machina how he fits perfectly w/ Curtis's argument). LOVED the DISASTER MOVIE soundtracked by Dream Baby Dream crashing into footage of 9/11.
“Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal.” — Jean Baudrillard
There is alot happening here surely.On one hand it is such a colossal sketch of this era.On the other hand,could it be that this film is so paranoid that people will fail to see what's beneath the paranoia?Perceptions are being carefully woven here,with great technique and material.Calling it a documentary would be very foolish and simplistic.Experimental essay.Propaganda for some.(De)construction of ideas for others
Grounding a new political discourse on the base of BBC news and commission it has been proved here can not deliver a genuine political stand. To paraphrase:" BBC is telling truth only from 3am-4am night Sunday to Monday." Let us have a look. Why "managing perception" on Syria is taking the largest time portion of all topics in the program that isn't about Syria. Why so much of constructing consent of Syria's ...
The skewering & skewing of world history. When this documentary, bankrolled by BBC, touches on such hypernormal phenomena as regime change & perception management, does it ever feel a pang of irony? A twinge of guilt? BBC, complicit in the distortion of geopolitical events, takes a self-serving metaposition. Hypernormalization is BBC coopting hypernormality again: it claims immunity to it, that it alone is normal.
Exhilarating, a messy info-dump that scrambles to make connections in this sprawling interconnectedness. Essentially a Curtis best-of, touching on techno-utopia's, Western imperialism, conspiracy as distraction. Hell he even makes a tragic figure out of Gaddafi. I still think he works best in episode format, but this an improvement from the sparse nature of Bitter Lake. Essential document of the times.
Not much new in narrative style (Baudrillard/Virilio) or structural insight (Watzlawick's How Real Is Real? would be a great side read); but its still very unique and fresh in scope and contemporary setting which all previous references lack. A mammoth journalistic work!