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  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Jun, 2015

    John Cassavetes's 1974 drama seems intentionally named to initially have the meaning questioned. Is Gena Rowlands' Mabel a drunk, or something darker? We first see her behave erratically at a bar, but the next morning, quickly learn it's the latter: her mental state is not normal. Peter Falk's loving, confused, and as a result, abusive, Nick is filled with such a manic idea of what is a "normal" family that the overcompensation he exudes as a result of Mabel's action…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Jun, 2015

    The hype is real: Inside Out is Pixar’s best in years. It’s true that Pixar has been through a dry spell over the past four years (granted, a dry spell any other studio would be glad to have), but there is no doubt that this one returns to the same well of creativity that you remember from movies like Toy Story, Ratatouille, and WALL•E.

    One stand-out thing about Pixar has always been a world-building that they accomplish so effortlessly. Toy…

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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige 2006

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Nov, 2012

    It was really weird to me when people would say they didn't understand Inception, but if they saw it again, they'd probably get it. It's not a hard movie to understand. The only truly confusing part is the first thirty minutes, but once Cobb explains everything to Ariadne, the audience proxy, it's not hard to follow at all. Every part of the movie's logic is explained at least three times, which becomes detrimental to rewatches.

    The Prestige is less easy…

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    The Devil and Daniel Johnston 2005

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2012

    I've never listened to any of Daniel Johnston's music, but this documentary puts you in his head and doesn't let you escape even when the demons come. You see the people who inadvertently hurt him and the people he inadvertently hurt. You see a musician's descent into madness. It's heartbreaking at points. I don't think there's anything sadder than seeing a father crying because he doesn't feel like he can do anything to help his son. But it's heartwarming. It's the story of a deeply troubled musician, but it's a story of love too.