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27 January 2012

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Paul Escobar

Been there: "...leaves him literally a sleepwalker, sallow, peaked, bleary-eyed, and stumbling from clue to clue".

If Nolan wants the sequel to 'Insomnia', he just needs to ask me about highschool & applied math.

But on a serious note, sleep deprivation is pretty unhealthy. Before taking medication, please consult Christopher Nolan's IMDB page.

PS

Haven't seen this version, which was a Hollywood remake of a haunting Scandinavian film by the same name released 5 years before. Enjoyed the original very much.

Charles I

Al usually cures my insomnia however plausible, or helps me find the popper. The scenery was as nice as Al's acting was bad.

Paul Escobar

PS,

Since you brought up Scandinavian mystery cinema...

I saw this Danish mystery movie called "Loft" last year. Excellent popcorn mystery flick.

Hollywood hasn't made one of those in a decade.

Grimgrin

Shot in Port Alberni, so it's actually southern Vancouver Island filling in for Alaska. Which is at least more plausible than Vancouver filling in for the Bronx, or Toronto for Boston.

For me this film is one of those ones that totally justifies it's existence with one scene, where Dormer slaps down Finch's attempt at a "We're not so different, you and I" speech.

"You don't get it do you Finch? You're my job. You're what I'm paid to do. You're about as mysterious to me as a blocked toilet is to a fucking plumber."

Which was a welcome change from the Silence of the Lambs inspired genre of criminal as near superhuman genius.

Medicine Man

That's actually the thing I remember most about this movie: Robin Williams' character. A sicko who clearly regards himself as the sympathetic anti-hero of his own story and his rationalizations to that effect are on full display. Williams does well in that kind of role.

I'm not personally that fond of the frequent lionization of serial murderers in entertainment media. I watched the pilot of that show Dexter and opted out. I got a clear picture of what the writing was going to be like in order to stretch the concepts into multiple seasons. Softening a high-grade psycho into a sympathetic anti-hero is just a bridge too far for me.

I like how this movie just plays it straight, with the main point being how Dormer would be able to handle Finch quite easily if he weren't so screwed up (morally and physically).

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