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The best machinima repurposes a product (in this case, Grand Theft Auto IV, a sandbox game built around violent, fast-paced rampages) for new, unintended ends (in this case, for a funeral). Solomon recognised the disruptive potential of the medium, repurposing a commercial product for unexpected, subversive purposes. But this film is also a celebration — of the labour of hundreds of designers and animators that went into crafting foggy environments that were only supposed to be backgrounds for killing, now foregrounded as weird, eerie, and beautiful.
Can't Get You Out of My Head is made up of fragments: from Mao's wife Jiang Qing's quest for personal revenge, to a plan to hide 600 nuclear missiles under Greenland; from German revolutionaries going on strike at a Palestinian training camp, to a vibrator which tracked users' behaviour without their knowldege.
Don't worry: fans of Adam Curtis bingo won't be disappointed (timecoded stock footage — check; ominous shots of Canary Wharf — check; "something very strange was happening" —…
Christopher Nolan is quite lucky to be releasing Tenet at a time like this.
While The Dark Knight Rises was about how much he hates the Occupy movement, and Interstellar was about how "we're not meant to save the world, we're meant to leave it" — a line which has inspired legions of weird nerds to defend acclaimed idiot Elon Musk online — Nolan's latest 150-minute missive doesn't really seem to be about anything at all. Which is why it's…