Radiant City Reviews
Otherwise, it looks great, is very well acted for amateurs and had a cool soundtrack (that I sadly had blaring)! It was really, REALLY informative too! I liked it a lot! Very smart!
For those that don?t mind, SPOILERS FOLLOW: I have to say that I was watching this movie, racking my brain about how staged it all seemed, and then it was revealed that the family in the movie is in fact amateur actors taken from this Canadian suburb. Admittedly, they say that had to be basic suburbanites to be in it to express the material, but it was very distracting. How can these two parents had a strawberry blonde daughter, dirty blonde daughter and redhead son? How the heck did they find someone in a play about suburbia. A musical!? Maybe that?s who the movie started, they heard about the play. And why are people travelling so far for friends that are supposed to be in the same school. Well, they?re not bad actors for that. And the situations are real enough.
When you put all that aside and take the facts that are given in the movie and the fresh way of presenting it make this an OK documentary. But you gotta love the Boards of Canada - not just the music group.
Of all the dystopian views of the future shown in films, none had my upper lip curled quite as hard as this. This nightmare - an isolationist society dependent solely on the car and identical tract houses - goes a bit further than Welles or Kafka managed to dream up.
See this movie. Ask if what you're doing makes any sense.
"Suburbia is really kind of a monofunctional environment where people sleep and then they have to travel to work. You can literally get into your suv in your garage, travel all the way through the city in these new highways that join suburban communities with a center where people work, enter the garage of the office tower where you work, come up in a mechanical elevator and enter into your own office cubicle without ever coming face to face with one other individual. So a city that propagates a suburban model is a city that in some ways propagates pure private space as opposed to any notion of public space. And when you have a city and you only advocate private space, you get to the point where people cannot tolerate one another because we don't understand each other's views. We no longer have a perspective on what other people think, we only have an investment in the way we think. And so in some ways a suburban city can be understood as an intolerant city."