Plug in, turn on, and cop out.
John Wick: Chapter 4 2023
This franchise started with John Wick's dog being killed. That was the excuse used to kick it off. They were playing with the typical dead wife backstory, and they mercifully did not subject us to it. Why? Because they knew it was just an excuse to do cool things.
They still do really cool things, but they forgot it was an excuse.
Paper Sisters 2023
Sometimes the gap between the description and content of a short film is big enough to squeeze a laugh through. These would be striking pieces in a gallery. Their assembly in stop motion as well would be compelling. In the current state, they are just photos with pans, zooms, and fades. It's a PowerPoint.
A little over two decades ago, an avant-garde filmmaking movement started by two Danish directors intended to take power back from the studio system spurred the creation of some of the first feature films to be shot digitally, all with consumer grade equipment.
A little over a decade ago, Michael Mann's Collateral paved the way for mainstream films to be shot digitally, this time using equipment far more suitable for the job.
Since 2008, the Academy Award for Best Cinematography has been awarded exclusively to films shot digitally.
None of them look better than this.
Risky Business 1983
Can Tangerine Dream score my life?