LA 92 ★★★★½

LA 92's form is its function: it's a condensed, collage paste-up of the events surrounding the Rodney King verdict, the 24 hour news cycle condensed and deepened with research. It doesn't comment except with borrowed words and montage. It's powerful and evocative, because so much of the found footage is remarkable and heartbreaking. To comment meaningfully on it is impossible without talking about the events, depicted and contextualized fluidly and comprehensively. The music, by Danny Bensi and Saunder Juuriaans (also of The OA, Enemy, and Martha Marcy May Marlene) provides appropriate ambience and anxiety, adding operatic drama to the assemblage. A great companion piece to last year's O.J.: Made in America but also a strong statement on its own.