メタフィクション - (M E T A F I C T I O N) ★★½

I loved the super experimental Anti-Cinema. An absolutely unexpected YouTube gem. But the earlier film, Metafiction, is what happens when the lightning just doesn't strike. The music, editing, and overall post-production are just as incredible as in Anti-Cinema, maybe even more so. When these elements work well with the writing, the film almost transcends into legitimate greatness. I especially loved the Arcade Fire and Passion Pit tracks during the wonderfully sentimental coda at the end. The sleepover home video sequence was warmly nostalgic, and I'm sure the actors and filmmakers will look back on this with immense fondness someday.

However, and it really pains me to say this, some of the earlier parts of the film are borderline unwatchable. I'm really glad I sat through to the end, because the end is so good and so worth it. But it was nearly excruciating in some of the moments leading up to it. I'm really glad that these guys figured out what works and what doesn't, because Anti-Cinema is a clear masterpiece, and this is… something much rougher. I think the shorter run time of Anti-Cinema really works in favor of their kind of hyperstimulation style.

These guys have tons of potential if they can keep their heads straight and keep their direction focused without compromising their boundless creativity or their love and talent for experimental film. Anti-Cinema thankfully proves this, a hugely deserved step up from Metafiction. There's so much great energy, enthusiasm and talent in these guys - I can't wait to see what they do next.

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