Possibly in Michigan

I'm not giving this a star rating because, quite frankly, I don't feel like I'm really qualified to rate experimental films in the way I rate narrative features. Experimental cinema has always felt elusive to me - sure, it's fascinating and often creative, but it tends to be so diverse and amorphous that I've eventually given up on trying to fit it into a traditional ratings system. I've also had some bad experiences with experimental film in the past, so I fear that any star rating I give to this will inherently be affected by bias.

That said, I loved this little 12-minute head trip of a movie, and not just because it manages to make my homeland of the suburban Midwest scary for once. As with many great surrealist shorts both before and after it, Possibly in Michigan feels haunted in every sense of the word. There's a feeling that every blown-out oversaturated shot, every odd, off-kilter synthesizer pluck, and every disjointed computerized word makes sense, but only when considered from one strange, skewed, highly personal perspective. The end result is less of a story than it is a lens, an invitation to view the world through a broken, misused, and vengeful set of eyes. Like Who Killed Captain Alex?, Possibly in Michigan's budgetary limitations are clear, but they never fail to mask the creativity and ambition at play here.

Love shouldn't cost an arm and a leg.

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