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Dallas Buyers Club
22 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

"Dallas Buyers Club" presents some fundamental questions concerning the purpose of law and the practice of medicine, though it paints with the limited colors offered by our libertarian protagonist. You wouldn't know it from the movie, but the FDA worked compassionately with the HIV community in the first decade, bending the rules by allowing buyers clubs to exist and giving otherwise terminally ill people a chance to fight nearly however they wanted (there were no government raids that the movie depicts) while the health industry worked to figure out a treatment with proper science. The movie also doesn't reveal that the Dallas club was considered too experimental by some of the other eight clubs; any whiff from around the world of a chemical with a possible positive effect and it would be made accessible by Ron Woodroof, who offered 130 different drugs unapproved by the FDA. Sadly, the film places ill motivations on behalf of the government and healthcare community in regards to the lack of treatment options. But rather than malice, we were dealing with ignorance. This was a brand new disease with about a 100% death rate, and both the FDA and doctors were rushing to treat the infected with any potential treatments they responsibly could. The problem for all involved boils down to a lack of data and the wide variations of analysis of what little data there was.

The Imitation Game
23 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Two-thirds in, I realized how fortunate I was to finally see Spike Jonze's "Her" just a few days ago - these two are spiritually entwined, both placing the greatest value in the harmony of two minds, paying no heed to social conventions. Whereas Turing is the founding father of "artificial" thought, in "Her," whole industries create humanoid intelligences that bond with and surpass mankind. And whereas Turing saw room for unique thought-programming by each individual or machine, society arguably pushed him to his death as a response to his own. Turing may have dreamed of a world similar to "Her," where the only concern a person has for their neighbor is whether they are free to be themselves. Even on the notion of not just who but what forms we can intimately bond with, Cumberbatch's Turing has something in common with Phoenix's Theodore, yet oddly many people who scoffed at the premise of relating with an intelligently crafted personality in "Her" have said nothing but great things about this movie. But then, beyond introducing the existential and technological ramifications of Turing's work, this movie tells an extraordinary true story and also reminds us how little any of us know (even those with the most power) what goes on behind the scenes of international relations.

The One I Love
23 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The premise is right up there with any Charlie Kaufman film (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Scynecdoche New York), containing so much juicy potential for interpersonal revelations, but the entire set up is thrown away in the third act for a "thriller" movie that came out of nowhere and does nothing but add a period in the middle of the sentence. I wonder what th.

Interstellar
Interstellar (2014)
23 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Both plot and science too convoluted (atrocious plausibility grievances not included since Nolan thankfully unabashedly threw that goal out of the window very early on in the story), dialogue and character direction too awkward, and cinematography too frustratingly static and short-sighted. There were a few moments of great other-worldly wonder, but Interstellar tried to be too many movies, failing in one way or another at each of them. And I sure hope that I never again have to hear an astronaut feel the need explain to another astronaut that black holes are so dense that even light can't escape. After this and "Gravity," maybe big-budget (mass-market) astronomy sci-fi is just destined not to sit well with me.