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  • Cats

    Cats 1998

    ★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2016

    The longest running musical in the history of the West End and Broadway. Wow, with a reputation like that it must be worth seeing, right? Unfortunately it was very disappointing. I was bored by the story, if you can even call it a coherent story. The saving grace is the music. Includes two great 80s songs Memory & Mr. Mistoffelees. Perhaps the stage musical is better than the filmed made-for-television dvd I saw. A struggle to even finish it. A big "meh" or should that be "meow"?

  • An Angel at My Table

    An Angel at My Table 1990

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Apr, 2016

    The scene with the chocolates is very cinematic and stayed with me. Her trip to Europe was my favorite part. The film does a good job of showing us a person who is in that grey area, not crazy, but not normal. Kerry Fox gave an amazing performance as the author Janet Frame, someone who you root for and want to see lead a happy life. Also, it’s well-paced, so despite a running time of 2 hours 38 min, I was never bored.

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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…

  • Anything Else

    Anything Else 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Apr, 2016

    Jason Biggs looks like a young Woody Allen. Stockard Channing story thread felt like padding and Danny DeVito was rehash from Broadway Danny Rose, but the rest of it worked quite well. My favorite part is Biggs talking with his psychoanalyst about his girlfriend’s diaphragm and then cuts to Biggs conversing with Woody in the park. My interpretation is Allen is saying don’t bother paying for a psychoanalyst as your friends can help you deal with your problems. Perhaps not…