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What is it about psychologically disturbed characters that makes a movie so intriguing? It’s actually really fascinating to watch someone’s decline into mental insanity. Maybe we’re curious because it’s so easy to feel like we’re crazy in our heads, and watching someone actually go crazy for real touches a piece of our unspoken fears.

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I don’t know if there is anyone else out there who is somewhat perturbed that all the movie rental stores have closed. Honestly, I was part of the reason for it as well because I only used Blockbuster as a last resort since Redbox and Netflix were so much cheaper.

But what do you do when you want to watch an older movie that Redbox doesn’t carry? You can order it from Netflix and wait 3 days for it to arrive, which is not always preferable in our “instant” cultural mindset, or you could buy it and hope that you didn’t waste $15 on a movie that sucks.

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I love discovering old movies that I haven’t seen before because I’m often impressed with the simplicity of the effects and the power of story.

I rented two Rod Taylor films this month, and I had never really seen him in anything until now. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) and George Pai’s The Time Machine (1960). Both films were really interesting and different, but there was something about them that connect them in my mind: they both used completely ordinary objects and ideas to sell a fantasy, yet I was on-the-edge-of-my-seat interested in both of them the entire time. Continue Reading…