Mass Media Formalism

Movies are more than just capturing images; the way they are manipulated and they way they are captured is vitally important, and the rise of the internet, the evolution of consumer hardware and the advances in digital recording has made the process of filmmaking more accessible and unique than ever before.
Films on this list recognize the strength that mass-media can offer storytelling. These movies use consumer-grade video/digital camerawork, surveillance footage, or a film-within-a-screen approach for a significant (or for all) of their runtime, and lean into the possibilities that their formats uniquely offer.
The format dictates the meaning of these films, and tend to emphasize experimentation within the medium based around the advancements of new, more publicly accessible technology.
This list is absolutely not comprehensive and always open to change, comment, and suggestion. Hopefully it's a useful resource to explore an undersung niche in filmmaking!

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  • Caché
  • Timecode
  • Lake Mungo
  • 88:88
  • The Gleaners and I
  • Embracing
  • All About Lily Chou-Chou
  • The Girl from Monday
  • Love & Pop
  • A Silent Day
  • Miami Vice
  • Visitor Q
  • The Forest for the Trees
  • I-Be Area
  • Hardcore Henry
  • Pieces of April
  • Personal Velocity
  • Goodbye to Language
  • Chronicle
  • Unfriended: Dark Web
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Unfriended
  • Spree
  • We Are the Strange
  • Inland Empire
  • A Hole in My Heart
  • Jackass: The Movie
  • Tangerine
  • Crank
  • The Book of Life
  • Redacted
  • Bamboozled
  • Teenage Hooker Became Killing Machine
  • No Home Movie
  • Fraud
  • The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea
  • Ali
  • Noroi: The Curse
  • Hazard
  • Totally Fucked Up
  • Julien Donkey-Boy
  • The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish
  • High Flying Bird
  • New Rose Hotel
  • 28 Days Later
  • I.K.U
  • Haze
  • Sans Soleil
  • Blackhat
  • Hotel
  • [REC]
  • Collateral
  • Thunder
  • Seduction of the Flesh
  • In Vanda's Room
  • Possibly in Michigan
  • Personal Problems
  • HyperNormalisation
  • Center Jenny
  • South
  • Film Socialisme
  • Rehearsals for Retirement
  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances
  • Pretend
  • Chiwawa
  • Trash Humpers
  • Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man
  • 0cm4
  • Dizziness
  • Fallen Angels
  • The Idiots
  • Rachel Getting Married
  • Unsane
  • Close-Up
  • Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth
  • Grizzly Man
  • Marebito
  • Dragonfly Eyes
  • REW-FFWD
  • Evolution of a Filipino Family
  • Goltzius and the Pelican Company
  • The Trial
  • Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania
  • Diaries, Notes, and Sketches
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • The Image Book
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Public Enemies
  • Host
  • Suicide Club
  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
  • Family Romance, LLC
  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • The Koumiko Mystery
  • Kotoko
  • Searching
  • Ritual
  • Memory of the Wind
  • The Celebration
  • Rewind