You can only get away with this stuff once in a blue moon . . . and since we just had a blue moon, Virginia Heffernan gets away with it hilariously (re Frederick Wiseman's "two-part, billion-minute program" anatomizing the Idaho state legislature):
From there, watching the movie begins to feel like being in a giant, well-organized meeting that never ends, where you never get to talk and where the issues — unless you live in Idaho — don't have anything directly to do with you. After video voyeurism, subjects move to matters educational, agricultural, jurisdictional, procedural, soporifical, sleeperal, ambieneral, losttrainofthoughteral. ...What, huh? No, I'm awake. I'm just dozing.
Labels: Frederick Wiseman