Tag Archives: Mental Illness

At Eternity’s Gate (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Van Gogh’s last few years

Julian Schnabel’s latest film “At Eternity’s Gate” looks around the last few years of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), who was surely one of the greatest painters in the 19th Europe but unfortunately did not receive much attention during his rather … Continue reading

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Madeline’s Madeline (2018) ☆☆(2/4): Seriously committed and disturbed

Watching “Madeline’s Madeline” was quite annoying and frustrating for me. Attempting to present a disturbing drama of mental illness and artistic exploitation, the movie is deliberately disorienting and jarring from the beginning to the end, and I sort of understand … Continue reading

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Unsane (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Is she really going insane?

Steven Soderbergh’s latest film “Unsane” deals with one hell of nightmarish circumstance which will surely make you wince at times for good reasons. What if you are suddenly committed to a mental hospital? What if you continue to get stuck … Continue reading

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Split (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Shaymalan and McAvoy going way over the top

Among a bunch of books I have kept since my elementary school years, Daniel Keyes’ nonfiction book “The Minds of Billy Milligan” is one of more notable ones I still remember quite well. Its real-life story of a man struggling … Continue reading

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Pawn Sacrifice (2014) ☆☆(2/4): An unstable pawn of his game

The life of Bobby Fischer was one of those typical examples of how genius can be both blessing and curse. While being one of the most brilliant chess players during the 20th history, Fischer was also a deeply troubled man … Continue reading

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A doomed quest inspired by “Fargo”

On one cold day of 2001 November, a Japanese woman named Takako Konishi was found dead in a field outside Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Around that time, it was widely rumored that she came to Minnesota to search for that famous … Continue reading

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Nightingale (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Isolated in loneliness and madness

HBO TV film “Nightingale” begins with its troubled hero rambling alone at his home. It looks like a bad thing has just happened, and we feel uneasy as sensing the disturbing tone of his words. Still shaken by what happened, … Continue reading

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