Movie Diary 8/15/2016

Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014). Another extraordinary film by the director of Bamako and Waiting for Happiness, about an occupation by an ISIS-like religious group. Full of fierce absurdities and moments of poetry, and the principal roles are filled with non-actors who have remarkable faces. I missed this when it came out, or it probably would’ve been a Top Ten entry.

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (Werner Herzog, 2016).Even when Herzog throws off one of these documentaries, there are eerie moments and strange visions. This is about the internet, and it has some excellent soccer-playing robots. (full review 8/19)

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