I like watching movies in a dark room with my phone off.
High time to mention Kiyoshi Kurosawa in one breath with the likes of Yudkowsky, Drexler, Bostrom, Vinge and co. as a pioneer of the alignment problem, by presenting, in 2001, a doom scenario as plausible as this.
There's never been any question that this is the greatest tech-horror ever made, but you'd have been excused for thinking the tech in the tech-horror is gimmick rather than focus, or in other words, to mistake the tech-illiterate protagonist for a tech-illiterate director.…
Was positively surprised by this.
Movies about immortality/anti-senescence usually devolve into the same boring fearmongering you'd see in AI flicks or any early 2000s movie involving computers. And if there's one country on the planet you'd expect to be sceptical towards eternal youth, surely it's Japan.
And while it's not like these voices don't exist in this movie, they certainly do, they take a while to pop up and are decently non-preachy. You can kinda just ignore the luddites and…
That was incredible. Best thing i've seen in a while.
At least half of the film is just text, sometimes overlayed on some moody backdrops, most of the time plain white on blue, often in complete silence. It doesn't feel like reading a book though, or maybe it sort of does, but instead of slowly building an image of Haru and Hoshi in your head, every e-mail exchange between them is intersected with little peeks into their lives, maybe there's…
It's a Summer Film! 2020
I loved this. :)
The lead is awesome and everyone else is cool as well and it told me not to be ashamed of liking rom-coms more than all your fancy jidaigeki.
Though it did give me some intense Baader Meinhof when it not only quoted the book i was reading just two hours earlier, but the exact page i ended on, too. Bit spooky that.