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Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World

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I had the chance to see this at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival last weekend.  While it didn't pack the visual wow factor of his best films, I found it interesting and thought-provoking, especially when considering the (perhaps already here) notion of AI sentience.  Here's my full review:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2016/04/lo-and-behold-werner-herzog-turns-his-attention-to-the-internet/


To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

http://secularcinephile.blogspot.com

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From your review: "The chapters of Lo and Behold are a typical Herzog mix of the oddball playful and the dead serious."

I find that mix wears on me at times and did here. There was a "Now...This" quality to some of it. We're all going to die the next time there is a solar flare, but hey, here's a guy in love with a soccer playing robot...

The line between tone and shtick is always something felt differently by admirers or an artist and their critics. Perhaps that's why I always feel similarly cool to more stylized auteurs like Linklater, Wes Anderson, or Woody Allen. 

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To be sure, this is not Herzog's strongest work, more Cobra Verde than Aguirre.  I can appreciate your comment, though, as one who finds Herzog and Wes Anderson endearing, but Linklater hit and miss, and Woody Allen (at least of late) offputting.  

I suppose part of why I dig Herzog and Wes Anderson is that their onscreen worldview meshes with mine.  Both of them reveal both the beauty and absurdity of humanity, with a good deal of affection in the process.  In terms of the "yes, but" approach to the internets, his approach feels entirely warranted, considering its capabilities and possibilities run the gamut of fantastic/fun/creepy/horrifying.


To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

http://secularcinephile.blogspot.com

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