That’s going to sit with me for a while. It was challenging: the influences of Lynch and Cronenberg are familiar ground for me, but I have never submerged in some of the Internet worlds this movie draws from. Would that one scene hit differently if I listened to ASMR often? Hard to say; all I know is that the elements that seemed like they might be comforting to Casey were just another flavor of unfamiliar to me.
On the other hand, yeah, that’s roleplaying on the Internet. JLB’s decisions were impeccably plausibly poorly made. Two people pursuing different ends in the same context always ends that way, and it’s not always a roleplaying context, for that matter.
Anna Cobb was amazing. She’s going to be great. The landscape scenes felt like wrapping your tongue in aluminum foil and going around all day like that, so I’d say those worked too.