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Werner Herzog is here to save your life.

8-13-2013AndrewCommentaryBannerShortSince today's crop of movie news yielded a big ol' goose egg I get to double back on an interesting feature I missed yesterday.

Werner Herzog, the director of excellent fiction and documentary films while occasionally moonlighting as a Tom Cruise villain, was enlisted to make a short about the dangers of texting while driving.  The technique is simple, assemble people who have caused irreversible harm or, in some cases, death and have them tell the story of what they were doing.  It's a bit over thirty minutes long, and even if you're one of those lovely YOLO folks in the comments section who just can't wait to click some buttons while behind the wheel because you saw a cow, it's worth the watch.

It's not the first documentary short that Herzog has done for good purposes either.  He lent his voice to a short about the proliferation of garbage, specifically plastic bags,  directed by Ramin Bahrani.  It's oddly hypnotic, and about 2/3 the length of this texting short, and worth the time if you can't spare the half-hour for the texting safety film.

The messages continue tomorrow in a film about horrible parenting, What Maisie Knew.

Posted by Andrew

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