I did enjoy this — but it all felt a bit too familiar. It didn't help that Raya herself was done dirty, with no meaningful deeper characterisation to really bite into.
The Social Dilemma is a documentary about social media, about how it works, and about what (unintended and intended) effects its had on our world, our societies, and our politics. It's not a crazy, out-there proclamation that social media and technology are inherently terrible. It articulates a giant technological, economic and social problem that we as a global society are going to have to wrangle with before it's too late.
In that sense, the doc is a success. It conveys…
★★★★½ I loved it, but…
I don't like horror. A lot of modern horror films have weak plots and terrible writing, relying instead on cheap scares to get the job done. I suppose in a way, horror movies now function more like amusement park rides than anything else; people go for the scares and the thrills rather than for the story or for a deeper experience.
Like It Follows last year, The Witch (The VVitch?) thankfully bucks this trend.
Tenet is deeply flawed, and it's very difficult to overlook some of its shortcomings in the first third of the film. Nolan's latest is wildly ambitious, but in a lot of ways, it swings hard and completely misses the ball.
There's an immense amount of exposition delivered solely through strange, stilted dialogue; the physical mechanics of the film's time-manipulation conceit were so convoluted that it made it difficult to follow the logic of some of the action scenes; the character…