Experimental Japanese filmmaker Isamu Hirabayashi’s 2003 work Textism is a bold and unsettling short film that combines mysteriously striking images, on-screen captions, and computer-generated speech narration. To say much more could ruin the movie’s effect(s), but for some additional context here is Tony Rayns writing about the greatest films of the 2000s for Cinema Scope:

“I can’t claim that Hirabayashi reinvents film language in the way that Liu Jiayin did in Oxhide (2005), but what he achieves in 11 minutes is absolutely comparable with what Borges did with the short-fiction form. The film’s concision and its seemingly limitless poetic allusiveness match an encyclopaedic range of reference, a Joycean ability to inhabit different voices and a philosophical ear for the interconnectedness of the sacred and the profane. All this, plus the gutsiness of a Sam Fuller movie. Of course it’s the best of the decade, no contest.”