Shades of 1984
, Fahrenheit 451
and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976) color Hal Hartley's cautionary sci-fi tale, set in a totalitarian future run by MultiMedia Monopoly. Jack Bell (Bill Sage), a cog in the corporate machine and author of a brilliantly soul-eroding scheme to reduce the ambiguities of human worth into the easily monitored "PHV" (Personal Human Value), which measures the variety and quality of sexual experience and is traded on the stock exchange, has a secret. He's "not from around here," future code-speak for an alien from Star 147X in the constellation Monday. In order to monitor the state of things on Earth, these disembodied extraterre...