Tag Archives: Mental Illness

The Dead Center (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): In the Mouth of Death

“The Dead Center” intrigued me at first and then came to frustrate me later. While it initially comes to us as an interesting mix of H.P. Lovecraft and Bill S. Ballinger, the movie unfortunately begins to trudge during its trite … Continue reading

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Joker (2019) ☆☆(2/4): This is no laughing matter

“Joker” is alternatively depressing and alarming to watch. Monotonously grim, morbid, sour, unpleasant, and vicious from the beginning to the end, it attempts to thrust us into the warped state of mind of a very disturbed man bound to be … Continue reading

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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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