Considered by some “the last great classical martial arts movie.” You could reasonably cut “classical” and “martial arts” from that evaluation and still be right.
The appeal of Adam Curtis, to me, has a lot to do with his style: that mishmash of sound and image that lands somewhere between late Godard and Zeitgeist: The Movie. I understand the criticisms of his work--i.e. that it couches essentially shallow insights in an arch ponderousness--but I also think that his core insights, while perhaps a little low-cal, are nonetheless correct. We do live in dreamworlds conjured by the media. Our cages are merely gilded. The New Age…
I am dating myself here but I remember Heidecker doing this character, and these jokes, in small clubs and open mics, probably a decade ago. (Not that I was there. I just saw the performances on YouTube.) This style of comedy works better in those contexts, where the audience isn’t in on the joke, and there’s a sense of real hostility.
That said: I find this stuff very funny. Like Andy Kaufman, or more recent examples like Dan Klein’s This…