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Something in the Dirt - Review (Sundance Film Festival 2022)

You Can Only Fall So Fast. 3.5 / 5

Directed by Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson.

When neighbours John and Levi witness supernatural events in their LA apartment building, they realize documenting the paranormal could inject some fame and fortune into their wasted lives.

Dedicated to making movies with your friends, Something in the Dirt is an exciting satire/tribute to true crime and conspiracy theory documentaries that get under your skin as they attempt to explain the unexplainable.

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have made some impressive and distinct science fiction over the past few years and this 'pandemic project' may have a different presentation to what they've created before but follows in the vein of the unknown creeping into our reality.

Diving headfirst into minor topics like science, faith, and the supernatural, it channels the energy of Under The Silver Lake as it falls down the rabbit hole of hypothesis and assumptions whilst on the hunt for the dramatic to help further their in-film documentary.

This small film tells a substantial story as secrets of the events and characters are revealed making the storytelling more confrontational in its presentation. A story very much on its own wavelength, Something in the Dirt uses its meta nature to mindbending levels of delusions that is Moorhead and Benson's most personal film to date.

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