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  • Tetris: From Russia With Love

    Tetris: From Russia With Love

    β˜…β˜…β˜…Β½

    A fairly interesting documentary about the origins of Tetris, even more so because it was made in 2004 when the game was having a little bit of a lull, the Tetris Company was just getting things newly organised and Ubisoft wasn't yet lagging things up. (That last one was today's Cheap Dig. Sorry.)

    Perhaps the only flaw with the documentary is that it's a bit too talking-heady, when the tale is also about a slew of colourful court cases with curious, curious details. It delivers the facts, however, and it's nice to see actual folks involved in the thing on camera.

  • Kony 2012

    Kony 2012

    β˜…Β½

    OK, I finally watched this. Was going to put this in the "batshit insane ideas, compelling execution" file, but it's more like "β…“ good ideas, β…“ terrible fucking execution, β…“ ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME" file.

    So, this is basically set in classical three-act structure.

    Act 1: Joseph Kony is a really bad dude. Nobody's going to dispute that. Let's not discuss any of that too detailedly, we only have 30 minutes to work with. Can't spend full 10 minutes…

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  • The Purge

    The Purge

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    So the premise is "what if laws were not in effect for one night - who's going to murder who?"
    ...the implementation is "some guys menace a rich guy and are going to break in and kill the whole family. For reasons."

    As a paint-by-numbers low-budget horror/dystopian scifi film, it's an okay job - nothing stellar, but sufficiently creepy for one watchthrough.

    On a higher level, however, it's just a giant, giant pile of wasted potential. If you have an…

  • Beware the Slenderman

    Beware the Slenderman

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    An interesting documentary on children's mental health issues and the power of online fiction and memes - much of the contents not really related to Slenderman and creepypastas in particular.

    However, the presentation isn't the best possible - the documentary ended up being a little bit aimless and drifting from topic to topic, rather than focusing on things in clear sections. It probably doesn't help that the court case the document describes is still pending, so material from that couldn't…