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  • Stripped 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2014

    As an illustrator, Stripped is, to me, sometimes inspirational, sometimes scary, and sometimes a groan-worthy doc.

    Stripped does its best to cover a huge amount of history in its hour and a half run time (fifteen of which is the credits). Although there is usually a preference for documentaries that feature more than just talking heads, the "fun" sequences where Stripped tried to mimic "old timey" movies and retro games came off more as belittling, rather than endearing, to time…

  • In the Realms of the Unreal 2005

    ★★★ Watched 11 Apr, 2014

    While it doesn't provide much more information on the subject than one can find on his Wikipedia page or most books that cover him, seeing Henry Darger's unique vision brought to life through narration and animation definitely makes In the Realms of the Unreal worth a look. The film tells portions of the story of the Vivian Girls, the stars of Darger's fifteen-thousand plus page fantasy epic, alongside Darger's troubled childhood and adulthood creating a sense of understanding for his…

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  • Stoker 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Dec, 2013

    It seems that any other director would not be able to handle Stoker subject matter without making it feel gratuitous. Chan-wook Park somehow manages to handle Stoker's deeply disturbing material, but makes it so beautiful. I had not expected to be as put-off by some of the material in this film, but because it is all handled with such grace I found it a lot easier to get over.

    There is a predator/prey motif apparent in Stoker that is very…

  • Total Recall 2012

    ★★ Watched 08 Aug, 2012 9

    If I never saw the other Total Recall, I might have really REALLY enjoyed this, but I did see the 1990 version so I knew this wouldn't be as good. I didn't want to compare it to it, but all the not-so-subtle references to the superior classic just kept on bringing me back to the Verhoeven's adaptation. In fact, I found that most of the time I was excited because I was waiting for the next reference to the other…