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Saturday, August 02, 2003

Showtime

Yesterday was payday. Since most of our income is of the "disposable" sort, we went out and disposed of it in a way we've been wanting to do for a very long time: by picking up a moderately-sized stack of DVDs. We just went to Border's and let ourselves go (within reason), walking out with five of our all-time favorites.

What's Up Doc? Don't let the fact that this stars Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal keep you from seeing this; it's quite possibly the funniest film ever made. I don't know what more I can really say about it, except there's no way you're not going to laugh if you watch it.

Donnie Darko My personal favorite. Everyone should see this. Everyone should own this. Everyone should love this and watch it every day. That about sums up my feelings on the matter.

The Rules of Attraction Unfortunately marketed as a "teen movie," it's anything but; it's much more similar in spirit to American Psycho (not surprising, since both are based on novels by the same author). The film deals with such disgusting and pathetic characters doing such offensive and disturbing things that one feels guilty for liking it; even the comedic moments are uncomfortable to laugh about. If for no other reason, watch this to see Fred Savage's cameo as a junkie. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons.

Requiem for a Dream I've never seen a film that can take such horrible things and make them seem almost beautiful, though pathetically so, the way this one does. I don't like to use cliches, but this is the most gut-wrenching and compelling film I've ever seen. See my blurb about Rules of Attraction, only multiply it by 100. I wish I could say more about it, but you just need to see it.

Waking Life It's, like, so deep man, it really makes you think, you know? Just kidding. This film really is a must-see, though; excellent stream-of-consciousness dialogue overlaid with animation, it's one of the more interesting films to have come out over the past couple of years. I don't want to say much more about it because I know I will end up sounding like the moron I am.

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