When I started this blog 363 days ago, my first post was my top ten movies of 2013. We’re at the end of another year, and I have seen more movies than ever before (according to my letterboxd summary I’ve watched over 1,000 hours of film – yikes!), so it’s about time for another roundup of the state of cinema.
A little over a year ago a massive NSA revelation rocked the United States, courtesy of a young system administrator named Edward Snowden. I remind you of this in plain English, because the matter of the government passively collecting every communication we digitally send seems to have exited the public consciousness almost entirely, in favor of flashier stories about Ebola and ISIS. I don’t mean to trivialize these issues, but the disappearance of PRISM and the NSA from the national conversation couldn’t have been better executed if it had been planned. Luckily Laura Poitras’s brand-new documentary, Citizenfour, is here to remind everyone just what Edward Snowden was trying to accomplish.