The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The faux-documentary aspect of Radiant City is a huge gamble that doesn't pay off.
Suburban sprawl takes a well-deserved hit in Radiant City, a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Gary Burns and journalist Jim Brown.
Blending documentary elements and some dramatic material, Radiant City is an acerbic position paper on the cultural damage done by postwar architectural fads.
[An] enlightening and disturbingly funny critique of North American suburban sprawl.
Radiant City is a movie about communities that offer everything prospective citizens might want or need, save this: a human reason to live there.
Although this National Film Board-produced film is promoted as a documentary, it's really a combination of essay and drama about that favourite bugbear, suburbia.
A sardonic look at suburban sprawl in Calgary. With its wry surrealistic touches, this is a movie that makes you smile while it makes you think. Highly recommended
a very well crafted and easy to watch movie
Author James Howard Kunstler says the suburban landscape is "brutal" and "soul-draining," and it's hard to argue when the filmmakers show him sitting in a bike path "rest area," a little bench behind a chain-link fence with a view of the freeway.
Irrefutable evidence that post modern suburbia is an unmitigated disaster which can't deliver on its seductive promise to deliver the good life to refugees from the big city.
[A] sublimely slippery, slightly surreal and not entirely 'just the facts, ma'am' documentary.
It acknowledges the lure of urban sprawl is as every bit as phony yet intoxicating as the tug of cinema itself.
Why do they call this a documentary? It is made to look like a documentary but the people involved are all actors? Oops was that a spoiler? Serves you right Brown and Burns!
Taking an actual drive through these type of neighborhoods makes me wonder why would people waste $$$ to live in such big houses & why would you want to live that close to your neighbors??? A great film that makes you feel sorry for the people who actually have to live in the burbs.Who knew they had it so rough? Feel sorry for the trees that had to be cut down or the land that had to be bulldozed so rich people could have a place to live or the poor people who were pushed out a neighborhood so people with $$$ could move in, take over & jack up the prices
One sided at times, but definitely makes it clear that it is one sided, in a way.
It's also a very beautiful looking film, and the shots are composed really well. This of course takes away from the realism, but then again, what documentary is actually "real".......
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