so there's been an aesthetic emerging in film ... somewhere between arthouse and genre that I'm tentatively calling Hyperreal Cinema ... which, like genre film, deploys highly-charged iconography, but across a gooey, open-ended plot-space that reflects our current funhouse-mirror ontology of multiple perspectives and media realities converging in on - and seeping into - one another... a neon and aestheticist approach to oneiric cinema too deliriously enamored with form and vibe (and too pessimistic) to give itself over completely to any one political reading
this loose category would include:
Enter the Void
...and Only God Forgives
Beyond the Black Rainbow
The Bling Ring
...and I'd even argue that the style has found its way into Pacific Rim and Pain & Gain (which share some similar themes)...
the strongest influences here are obviously Kenneth Anger (film and media-as-ritual/incantation, glamor/charm-as-uncanny influence) and David Lynch (Mulholland Dr. probably being the model for this loose 'genre' - as influential here as it has been on similarly and sympathetically-consecrated music spaces).
other spiritual successors and contributors to the language would be the giallo genre and occult horror (and just about all genre film), De Palma, and Verhoeven.
the common thread, as far as I can tell, is a dark view of the human heart, demons following humanity into its technologies and possessing its public memories... it's the romanticist (nature over man) answer that always follows any stab at classicism or enlightenment (man over nature), the most recent example of the latter being any optimism people once had about the Internet and its liberating potential (and given current events, I'm finding it hard to blame such pessimism). it's an apolitical but not necessarily amoral worldview.
will be going deeper into these films, and other examples of the style, but for now I just wanted to get the idea out there...