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Trees Lounge Review

Where do the losers and lost souls convene? Bars, apparently. They do so in Barfly, and Trees Lounge too. The likely story for these losers is that they are unhappy. Even films that do not centre themselves on sipping life away one swig at a time are finding themselves coupled with the dispassionate meaningless so many people cling to. Shaun of the Dead envisioned this well, with the slacker lifestyle crushing any hope of escapism or dream of life beyond the pint. Trees Lounge does this too. It shows pubs not as places of joy or place of social watering hole, but of a void that swallows up the down-on-their-luck and the misfits.  

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American Psycho Review

That slow trickle of blood to open the enticing, Silian Rail-clad font has aged rather poorly. But American Psycho has not. Adapting the work of any author proves difficult. There are far more misses than hits when pushing the written word to its on-screen breaking point. But there are the heavy hitters. The classics that have removed themselves from the reach of the book they are based upon and have followed their own path. That is, to some extent, what American Psycho attempts to do. It is the erratic, schizophrenic horror of Patrick Bateman that is adapted so well. In particular, their obsessions, desires, and inability to face up to the real world without a thick layer of expense accounts, strained friendships and a desire to kill. 

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Zodiac Review

More or less everyone who has even the slightest interest in crime knows of the Zodiac Killer and the intrigue of his crimes that plagued America throughout the late 1960s and 1970s. Such a famous case, one littered with the unsolved mystery that will, most likely, go unanswered for the rest of time. Such intrigue leads to inevitable adaptations, and this Gyllenhaal led thriller provides more or less everything you’d expect for a biopic on such a broad topic.

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Boys Don’t Cry Review

I’m more or less at a loss for words with Boys Don’t Cry, a 1999 biopic of Brandon Teena. It follows the setlist of expectations you would receive from a biopic, never amounting to more than a few set pieces of wavering memorability. Riffing on neorealism, Boys Don’t Cry is a solid adaptation of the death of Brandon Teena, dissecting the lack of acceptance he receives, and the constant, on-the-move lifestyle he endures throughout a couple of years.

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