Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (1994)
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This short film stars Billy Bob Thorton, he is in a mental asylum and is having an interview the day before his release. I was worried that the talkative man would be picked to get interviewed because he didn't seem crazy enough, this was a psycho though. In the interview you expected to get shocked, with all the build up behind it. Instead you got a shoulder shrug. They were comparing this man to Charles Manson but this one while crazy seemed fairly calm. It just lead to nothing.
I had expected this version to be much more amateur in it's basic state and yet the acting and storyline to that end point, was just as good as that in the feature length film, with both Billy Bob and JT Walsh giving great performances.
It's unfair to really rate this as a movie since it's really just an extremely well made screen test. Billy Bob Thorton gave us a glimpse of the Karl that he would become and that alone is worthy of five stars. This reminds me a lot of the documentary "Titticut Follies", what with the chaotic background and incompetent nature of the institution. The monologue given in this is probably one of the all time greatest, it is method acting to the extreme.
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