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Justin Hall, Home Page

Home Page

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Doug Block, Justin Hall
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B+

Documentarian Doug Block, a ruminative baby boomer trying to untangle the implications of the World Wide Web, nearly suffered input overload three years ago when he met Justin Hall, a wired philosopher, then 21 — part nerd, part communications visionary — who maintains an addictively garrulous, uncensored, autobiographical website.

Justin’s compulsive online confessions inspired Block to create his own home page — the better to sample the strange powers and dislocations of virtual intimacy. Home Page — a thoughtful, bemused film with narrative charms akin to those of Ross McElwee’s self-referential ”Sherman’s March” — scrolls through some challenging issues of human discourse in an age of electronic sci-fi made real. Whether or not you chafe at the speed with which the filmmaker downloads his middle-aged musings may depend on the speed of your own connection to dot-com culture.