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  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★★★

    Unhinged abstraction. A grey, fever dreamy Tokyo as a soul incinerator, witnessing the interplay of overflowing systems. Nobody needs nobody, friends are mere nonentities drifting into secluded neglect, bodies coveting a state of oblivion inside walls, disappearing into them. The specters of urban malaise are manifold, thoroughly complimented here by the grey inertness of Cyberspace and its hypnagogic wastelands. This is a standstill. A droning, deserted video game parlor imitates an agitated poltergeist.

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    The impenetrability of this narrative continues to astound me. Too many themes are unfolding in this film, this is 'urban phenomenology' stripped down to its basic artifacts: An anticipation of 'indifferent futurism' rooted deep inside collective psychosis, the omnipresence of dataveillance and peripheralization of the urban populace into 'human capital'. This is a highly cryptic, inaccessible work interested only in asking questions, but not 'nihilistic' by any stretch of the imagination (recalls likes of Bad Lieutenant, Desperate Hours and Blade Runner). And the final Max-Vincent encounter (subway sequence) literally is 'Tears in the Rain - Michael Mann version'. "Think Anybody Will Notice?"