Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and TechnologyHD Closed Captioning
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About the Movie
Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Slept with your laptop? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. From founding The Webby Awards to being a passionate advocate for The National Day of Unplugging, her love/hate relationship with technology serves as the springboard for a thrilling exploration of modern life...and our interconnected future. Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director. As Shlain's father battles brain cancer and she confronts a high-risk pregnancy, her very understanding of connection is challenged. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, CONNECTED explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 14
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: There are a lot of vibes in this film, most of them vaguely positive. If only "Connected" had a stronger center of gravity.
Rotten: The film ultimately works best as a daughter's heartfelt tribute to an enormously devoted and emotionally generous parent. Unfortunately, that's just not enough to, well, connect us to the bigger picture.
Fresh: A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed.
Rotten: Like Shlain's hand-written diagram in which lines twist and knot while linking various subjects, the film resembles not a coherent thesis but a tangle of semi-related ideas.
Relationships & Technology
This movie was very eye opening. It touched on how addicted to technology we are; which left me dumbfounded for a bit. What struck me most was the personal relationship between Tiffany and her father. I was expecting something very bare bones and I was very moved. This documentary was an assignment for a technology course I am taking, maybe one of the best assignments I have had.
A bunch of stock footage
Amazing that you can create a film made almost entirely with stock footage and just narrate over it. But they did.
I agree with the other reviewer who commented the movie is unwatchable. It is just hard to watch. Also, the preview is misleading. There is nothing about social media - so I felt rather tricked.