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  • The Big Picture

    The Big Picture 1989

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2015

    A comedy with a little bit of a bittersweet edge starring Kevin Bacon portraying a writer-director struggling to make it in the merciless movie business—the second such character he embodied in 1988/89, the other one being the aspiring author in She's Having a Baby. The film explores what Bacon's Nick Chapman is willing to sacrifice to achieve success; to cling to personal artistic vision no matter what or sell out (which back in '89 meant making a buddy picture); to…

  • Amnesiac

    Amnesiac 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Sep, 2015

    Well acted but unnecessary and never particularly suspenseful Misery rip-off carried by Bosworth's "Woman", a torture porn-inspired antagonist even more deranged than the one Kathy Bates played in the Stephen King adaptation. Although I do realize that writers/actors/directors like everybody else need to work to pay the bills, and that the vast majority of them rarely if ever find themselves in a situation where they can pick and choose, it's unfortunate when they spend their time on a project which to large degree consists of reused material as they could have used it to create something entirely new instead.

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Jan, 2013 4

    Wes Anderson's films are known primarily as Wes Anderson films, which is not very surprising seeing as he has developed his very own style, consisting of symmetrical colorful photography/art direction infused with sweet sounding pop songs, a combination that it takes mere seconds to recognize as distinctly andersonsonian. When looking back it's clear though that it was Anderson and Owen Wilson as a pair that had something really special going in the late 90s and early 00s. It was their…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Dec, 2010 4

    What begins as a classic fairy tale with rivalry between noble, overly sensitive ballerina and a free-spirited dancing partner, guilt-inducing mother and a character that resembles an evil queen with cruel intentions (Cassel's dirty minded instructor), derails via the more mature themes of personality disorder, sexuality and mutation, slowly and steadily into a beautifully controlled, complex mess. Neither Portman nor Aronofsky has ever been better.