Thursday, June 1, 2017

Jason watches RISK

Laura Poitras, director of CITIZENFOUR, now takes a candid look at Julian Assange and his organization, Wikileaks. Oh, and also Jacob Appelbaum, one of the creators or the Tor project...and for a time during the film, Laura's lover. That's mentioned, but the implications of this connection aren't really explored. The film is very well made, and takes a long-ish view, filming for over 6 years (I love long form documentaries.) Your reaction probably depends heavily on your opinions of Assange and Wikileaks, and I have friends who would definitely take exception to how critical it is of him and other friends who would take exception to the hero-worship parts of it. Which is probably why I came away with the reaction of "that's interesting, but I don't know whether to think better or worse of him afterward." But it was super weird when Lady Gaga came to visit him while he was hiding in the Ecuadorean embassy.

Running Time: 92 minutes
My Total Minutes: 427,426
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