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  • The Sixth Sense

    The Sixth Sense

    ★★★★½

    My hot take of sorts is that this is the weakest of Shyamalan's miracle run from here to The Village. His dialogue here is the most "natural" it ever is, but that occasionally means that it gets stuck somewhere in the uncanny valley of almost sounding like actual human speech but not quite (while the three following movies just stop pretending they're dealing with realism at all and are less distracting for it). But that aside, this is still great,…

  • Side Effects

    Side Effects

    ★★★★

    It's almost a shame this is no longer a bookend with sex, lies, and videotape, since it serves as a perfect counterpoint to that film's very young-man messaging (even down to their respective sleazy businessman; Channing Tatum is a puppy dog, but he does far worse in this movie than Peter Gallagher in sex, lies could dream of doing). sex, lies paints sex and intimacy as better therapy than therapy, but here both are bound by the same economic restrictions…

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  • Mattress Man Commercial

    Mattress Man Commercial

    ★★★★½

    For me, all of PSH's skills are conveyed in this. It's 53 seconds long, an almost precise recreation of a local mattress store commercial, and it only appeared on the 2-disc special edition of Punch-Drunk Love. In it, PSH plays his character in PDL, Dean Trumbell, the owner of a mattress store who also doubles as the leader of a phone sex ring. In this clip, he's recording a commercial on the top of the store's roof, wearing a too-small…

  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

    The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

    ★★★★½

    Man, if this miniseries accomplished anything, it should be getting Ryan Gosling that Oscar. I didn't even know it was him the whole time!