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The Maze Runner

What’s intriguing about “The Maze Runner”–for a long time, at least–is the way it tells us a story we think we’ve heard countless times before…

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20,000 Days on Earth

In his music, he routinely celebrates/deconstructs his public persona: brutalizer, coward, agnostic, and wannabe deity. "20,000 Days on Earth" is accordingly not a biography, but…

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Pretty Woman

Passed along on the Interwebs via Wiley Wiggins. I consider this to be a Lynchian companion piece to Sausage Party.

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This is his masterpiece:

His story is creepier than I thought. Of course he's a former local television kiddie show and late-night host. And registered sex offender.

In his performance, I detect hints of Fritz Lang's Rotwang ("Metropolis" (1927)), Herzog actor Clemens Scheitz ("Heart of Glass," "Stroszek," "Nosferatu the Vampyre" -- he would make a good Renfield), the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) from "Phantasm," Julian Beck in "Poltergeist II" -- and William Hickey in just about anything from "Wise Blood" on.

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