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A Dangerous Method

In David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method someone remarks that successful psychiatrists are themselves very often psychically wounded individuals. Cronenberg’s film certainly dramatizes that observation. The three primary characters, all psychiatrists, indulge in foolish and bad behavior. Two of them, Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, are also towering figures in psychiatry and modern history.

Albert Nobbs

There’s nothing like dressing up in the clothes of the opposite gender to get the attention of Oscar voters, and so sure were the producers of Albert Nobbs that Glenn Close would be up for Best Actress that they scheduled the film for wide release the week that the nominees were to be announced.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

The latest installment of a series that has moved from manga and anime (the latest series of which played on Cartoon Network in the US last year) through novels, radio adaptations (!) and feature films, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos presumably has enough of a built-in fan base to make my review unnecessary. For those of who familiar with it, I can only say that this second feature is largely designed as a standalone, which means that the main characters are reduced to supporting roles in a story that doesn’t advance the ongoing storyline.

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