Donnie Darko The 250 Movies Better than Shawshank

A giant, terrifying, soothsaying rabbit named Frank (not Harvey) + Jake Gyllenhaal + time travel: What’s not to like? Donnie Darko is a weird, unsettling film, and Donnie Darko is himself strange even by teenager standards, but he does some… Continue Reading

Disturbia The 250 Movies Better than Shawshank

Disturbia, a 2007 film starring Shia LaBeouf, is a murder mystery, horror thriller with some well timed humor thrown in. While it is somewhat akin to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, it is neither a remake nor a modernization because the story… Continue Reading

The Dead Zone The 250 Movies Better than Shawshank Redemption

Still in the horror genre is the 1983 Cronenberg film, and like The Shining, it is based on a Stephen King story. Beyond the fact that The Dead Zone is an excellent movie with a great story and characters and… Continue Reading

The Shining The 250 Movies Better than Shawshank Redemption

Shawshank Redemption always seems to occupy the number 1 spot on the IMDB Top 250 Movies. While I admit that it is a decent movie, it is certainly not the best movie, not by a long shot which explains why… Continue Reading

Lavender and Smoke: The Texture of Being (5)

Your first attempt at dividing the days into multiple breaths is an abject failure. Any semblance of control is cruelly lost in billows of fog. When you regain presence, days have elapsed. In terror, like someone drowning, you latch onto… Continue Reading