Pulse ★★★★½

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"Now, I'm alone with my last friend in the world, and I've found happiness."

Digital ghosts coming back to take back what once were theirs, and our desire for a collective demise never went away even though there are new ways to connect with one another. This film is incredibly depressing and even more poignant than at the time of release. The camerawork here I have to point out, as it's precise and subtle yet incredibly powerful once you're on its wavelength. The computers sure do look ancient here, but there's nothing ancient about our individual disconnect from one another even though we currently are able to instantly connect to tens of thousands at any given moment. I just can't believe how tangible this felt to me despite the fact these fucking computers are bricks and we were only beginning to understand their true potential. I don't claim to have seen all the movies for no one has but I don't think Kiyoshi Kurosawa had a better, ahem, pulse, on society just when it was beginning to understand the power of the world wide web. The last 10 minutes kind of went off the rails but I read it as a prophecy, and it's hard not to give it some real thought given the events of the past 20 years. Definitely check this out. It might look familiar as some of you may have seen The Grudge or The Ring but this is a completely different beast. It's certainly up there as among the most unnerving pictures ever made but it's primarily thought-provoking as Kurosawa carefully composes the images he puts before you.

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