Hyperlink Movies

February 11, 2006 at 10:54 am | Posted in Fun Indoors | Leave a comment

Jason Kottke’s review of Syriana describes a film genre that presents the viewer with parallel storylines that become more interesting and complex as they intersect.

Many of my favorite movies (Pulp Fiction, Sin City, Crash) and the TV show 24 are of this type. The better ones are the ones that don’t have a nicely-wrapped up ending, leaving it to the viewer to make their own conclusions. For a current-events movie like Syriana, it was the right thing to do, lest those involved be treated like cartoonists in the Middle East or as scientists in America.

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