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Cyberpunk (1990)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 1990
Stylistic documentary about the cyberpunk movement. William Gibson, author of cyberpunk classic Neuromancer, and Timothy Leary, famous advocate of psychedelic drugs, share their thoughts on the future of society and technology.

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Stylistic documentary about the cyberpunk movement. William Gibson, author of cyberpunk classic Neuromancer, and Timothy Leary, famous advocate of psychedelic drugs, share their thoughts on the future of society and technology.

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The future has already happened.

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Terrible. Documentary gone wrong
18 March 2004 | by (Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

This documentary is one of the rare TV appearances of William Gibson. as such, we had to endure it in one of our courses.

Unfortunately, the documentary makers appear to have all the maturity of five year olds, and especially the editor deserves criticism. The entire documentary is dominated by psychedelic colours, strange menu systems around the picture, weird displays in the middle of the picture, all aimed a creating an ambience of cyberspace. The result is suffering, tiring of the eyes and distraction. In one interview, they decided to split the screen into 16 equal parts, have a half second of the interview played in one segment, then freeze the picture there, and continue in another random segment (while all other segments are frozen). Basically, they appeared to have gotten all excited about what they could do, producing a documentary that any film student would be a shamed of.

The contents gets lost in these stylistic mistakes. Not that there is much of it - the core is a set of interviews with two writers. All the rest is showing punks, or letting hackers brag about being "as powerful as the state department in the USA".

Avoid at all cost.


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