The Subject (2020)50K
The Subject (2020). The Subject: Directed by Lanie Zipoy. With Jason Biggs, Aunjanue Ellis, Anabelle Acosta, Carra Patterson. The Subject follows a successful white documentary filmmaker as he deals with the fallout from his last film, which caught the murder of a Black teen on tape. While he shoots a new doc series for a major network, someone films his every move, threatening his idyllic life.
“Horizon is a prism… it is mostly scientific, retaining much of its earliest episodes in its latter ones (although not quite the details, especially when it concerns physics).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIts episodes concerning astronomy, in particular, are usually awe-inspiring, and although Horizon attempts to add in musical details that add to the whole picture (thus sensationalizing it, effectively) it does mostly succeed in conveying both the artistic aspect of what science could achieve and the actual details themselves, although when tackling topics that are more philosophical, like infinity, sensationalism may take over with not as many details.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eHorizon also tries to explain sociological issues that verge on the scientific, like the placebo effect and autism; with the former it does succeed (in my opinion) in conveying both the hard science and psychology behind it, despite involving some random people… whereas, with autism, it fails scientifically, and seems to involve random people for no apparent reason.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eGenerally, as long as Horizon concentrates on the science it succeeds, but when it ends up speculating on anecdotes it doesnu0026#39;t so well (even with the earlier episodes, individual scientists were interviewed but they didnu0026#39;t necessarily talk about themselves).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eScience should be at the centre of any documentaries that attempt to tackle such questions (autism clearly involves neurotransmitters e.g. and yet none were mentioned). Anecdotes should be used only in rare, specific cases like Henry Molaisonu0026#39;s.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOverall, though, Horizon does seem to present science well…”