Hotel Monterey

Hotel Monterey ★★★★

I do wonder if Stanley Kubrick and/or the Coens watched this before making their own hotel-set horrors.The simple act of documentation hasn't creeped me out so much since I watched Brakhage's THE ACT OF SEEING WITH ONE'S OWN EYES. Every cut its own little jolt. (I did like the occasional moment of hotel guests moving to get on an elevator and freezing when they see Akerman's camera in it, unsure of what to do. The film documents the inhuman natural state of a building built for human transience, and as unsettling as it is shooting empty corridors at perfectly chosen angles, it's never more awkward and uncomfortable than when people are actually present.