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  • Reconstruction

    Reconstruction 2003

    ★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2016

    The story is probably about commitment, but the non-linear storytelling got so confusing that I stopped caring midway. Calling it a “construction” was about right. A film that needs to be explained to me, went over my head. I like puzzle movies but this one just annoyed me, as it felt like an outside force was pulling the strings, and the characters were not in control of their own life. The lead actor said in an interview on the dvd…

  • Patch Adams

    Patch Adams 1998

    ★★★ Watched 24 Jun, 2016

    Inspiring but too cloying. I like the message of the power of laughter can make patients forget their pain. That there are alternative methods besides what doctors prescribe. I also liked the scene when Patch dressed up as an angel, running through the ways you can express death, which brought a smile to my face. I didn’t find Williams that funny the rest of the time though. His pursuit of the female student half his age was inappropriate. I also…

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
    Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1927

    ★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2016

    So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.