One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Review

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I don’t really know how to put into words the sort of impact that this movie had on me the first time I saw it, and still carries on me now. But I figured that maybe it may be the perfect time in order to talk about what it is that this film means to a person like myself. It’s the sort of experience that almost feels very vindicating for myself, because I always have that very fear of being stigmatized by people around me for my own mental health. I’ve lived within a sheltered life for most of high school and when I watch this movie, I always find myself feeling like there will be people out there that see in the sort of person that I am, I’m capable of being far more than what I may seem like. For helping shape the way that I view cinema as a whole, and to have made a film that reminds me that there are still good people in this world who see us as being far more than what others would see, I don’t know if I can be grateful enough that this film exists.

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Going in Style (2017) – Review

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Zach Braff’s presence, let alone involvement in anything is enough to turn me away from watching something. The thought of a Zach Braff-directed remake of the 1979 comedy of the same name was already set to put me off no matter who would have been cast, and add the fact that Theodore Melfi of St. Vincent and Hidden Figures would be writing the screenplay, I’d only have imagined that the most it can possibly be is a harmless comedy that’ll come and go. It caught me by surprise that this was also the first time Zach Braff had ever done something that didn’t leave me feeling any sort of anger or annoyance given the bad taste his quirk in Garden State and Wish I Was Here had left in my mouth – but at the same time it was also the most I could even have expected Going in Style to be. Something that’d come and go without any real impact.

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit – Review

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The “childhood favourite” area can be seen as a danger zone in some circles when we look at how some of the films that we liked back before our tastes have developed into what we are now are so vastly different. But the moment we still recognize our childhood favourites today as something of a standout is where another story comes by, and in the case of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it has continued to blow my mind with subsequent revisits. For how hit-and-miss Robert Zemeckis can be especially when it comes to his choices of what material he handles, one film in particular still holds up better than all the rest and the brilliance of Who Framed Roger Rabbit still lasts perfectly in this day and age. There are films that put together live action actors and cartoon characters together and then there’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit – something of its own level.

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