I’ve seen a lot of knife-making videos, but none with quite this much ennui.
Whenever Werner Herzog says something, you should listen. Don’t just listen because the man speaks pure poetry with an alluring German accent. Listen because he’s usually smart, if a little grumpy. Case in point: He thinks Twitter is stupid.
For anyone who has seen a Werner Herzog film, his voice isn’t something you’ll soon forget. Now the director is bringing that authoritative voice, and storytelling prowess, to brand new subject: technology.
Most of us sit at computers all day, weaving elaborate yarns about the jobs we would do if we weren't: Storm chaser. Mountain climber. Deep sea diver. And then there are the people who actually do those things, like the 1,000-odd people who live and work in Antarctica.
Acclaimed documentarian Werner Herzog has taken on some pretty remarkable subjects during his 50-year career, ranging from Antarctic scientists to Grizzly Man. His latest film, though, is about something much more familiar: Texting and driving. Yet it's no less intense.
You've already marveled at Fantastic Planet, the demented 1973 French film about giant blue people holding tiny humans hostage. But have you seen Les Escargots, the 1965 giant snail movie by the same creator?
What would happen if the famously grizzled German director Werner Herzog was allowed to reinterpret the legend of Santa Claus? You would get a consciousness-shattering tale of an omniscient dwarf who judges us from afar, tabulating our sins.