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  • The Voices

    The Voices 2014

    ★★★ Watched 25 May, 2015

    What to make of this one? I know Marjane Satrapi as the writer and artist behind intimate, slice-of-life graphic novels like Persepolis, Chicken with Plums, and Embroideries, so to see her direct something like The Voices is a little unexpected. This is a black comedy about a man who believes his pets are talking to him, who is driven to murder out of necessity, all the while apologizing for stabbing his victims to death. At times, you get the feeling…

  • Top Five

    Top Five 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 May, 2015

    Like Roman Holiday by way of Louie, Chris Rock's directorial debut is an honest, down-and-dirty look at what goes on inside the mind of a man who is expected to be funny at all times. It's not pretty; when you're always on, you're always on. The movie also skewers those comedians who attempt to go legit, with Rock's character writing, directing, and starring in a po-faced vanity project about the Haitian revolution that fans of his idiotic Hammy the Bear

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  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2012 4

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Apr, 2012

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.