Ian Curran

Ian Curran

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Ex video store alum. RIP Xtravision

Put some respect on the 3 ⭐️ movie!

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  • (500) Days of Summer

    (500) Days of Summer

    ★★★★★

    “Love isn't something natural. It requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism.” The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

    One of the more maligned films of the last 15 years. It got caught up in the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” debate in a way that some movies (Almost Famous) didn’t. It also became the poster child of the debate for a period of time, sparing more deserving culprits such as Elizabethtown and Garden State from the same…

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    “Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man”.

    One of the biggest misconceptions about Taxi Driver is the idea that mental illness is at the heart of Travis Bickle’s actions. Travis isn’t mentally unwell, he’s lonely. Calling a murderous vigilante lonely is not meant to generate sympathy for him. Travis’s action can’t be excused, only explained.

    Loneliness might seem like an underwhelming explanation for his behaviour,…

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  • Out of Sight

    Out of Sight

    ★★★★

    The overlapping between the snowy bar scene and Clooney and Lopez’s first night together is perfect!🙌🤩

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★

    When a writer and director truly understand their subject matter they can find the tension and horror in the everyday. This film takes the terrifying idea of having our liberty legally taken from us by greedy and incompetent institutions and misreads it completely.

    It’s not sure who the hero's and villains are.
    It’s not sure of its tone.
    It’s not sure of its visual style.
    It doesn't understand what it’s trying to say so it ends up saying nothing at…

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  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★★★

    “Kids lose everything unless there's someone there to look out for them”.

    The beauty of coming-of-age dramas is they often mirror specific times and feelings in our own past that are so deeply etched in our memories that they feel almost cellular. We don’t know how to exist without them.

    Being 12 years old is truly a special time in our lives. It feels unique in the moment because you are trapped in your own body, but in reality it’s…

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    It’s easy to over intellectualise movies, but I've always felt this movie was deeper than people give it credit for. Im not talking IKIRU levels deep, but it touches on many existential themes in the way fight club does, and often more deftly.

    The pride Jamie Foxx’s character puts into his work despite its monotony is a great example of the Frankel/Camus ideal of finding meaning in all situations. But the meaning Foxx’s character derives from his actual life is…