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Good Line In A Fairly Dull Movie

“You failed the polygraph test.”

“All Russians fail the test. Your polygraph does not understand the Russian soul.”

–Matt Damon interrogating a defecting Soviet spy in The Good Shepherd.


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Separated At Birth?

The phenomenally sexy Clive Owen:

and the almost-as-sexy Daniel Craig aka James Bond:

Depression In The Movies

Great article in the Guardian about the representation of mental illness (and mostly depression).

“…genuinely accurate depictions of mental illness are still rare in all the art forms. Why? For the very good reason that real mental illness is boring. Depressives are toxic and dull. Manic depressives are irritating. People with schizophrenia or autism are largely indecipherable. Most of them are best treated not by charismatic psychoanalysts who carefully excavate the early, repressed trauma that has “led” to their illness, but by doctors who administer psychotropic drugs of one kind of another. Thus, dramatic narrative and the reality of mental illness rarely go hand in hand.” 

I have a personal stake in the issue, as I hope to shoot a film that will be a bit more true to life on these matters. The article mentions a Terence Davies film called Trilogy, which I’ve never even heard of, has anyone seen it? I want to get my hands on a copy.

I must also state that his description of the mentally ill character of Anne in Little Britain is off–yes we are laughing at her but it’s also questionable whether she really is mentally ill. That’s part of the joke, which this person seems to be missing.

What a Stressful Movie

My heart could barely take it. I didn’t think Scorcese had it in him any more but it seems an adaptation of a Hong Kong action flick was a very good choice to give him some juice again. 

I Forgot to Mention…

…that I’m now writing film reviews for Gothamist sister site DCist.