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GREY MATTERS: The lunatics are in the hall! It's the top 10 films about mental illness

It’s been a good few years for crazy. "Homeland’s" made bipolar disorder a household ailment yet again. Sean Durkin’s "Martha Marcy May Marlene" located the goal posts between delusion and reality in its brainwashed hero’s mind and promptly moved them repeatedly (just like in real life!). And while William Friedkin’s incredibly distressing tale of mutually assured destruction, "Bug," may not have hewed to the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," its claustrophobic form of poetic, post-"Repulsion" address captured essential truths about madness a supposedly reality-based film like "A Beautiful Mind" could never touch.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • March 6, 2012 2:04 PM
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GREY MATTERS: LOST GIRL is goofy, sexy entertainment, in a BUFFY vein

"Lost Girl" is no big deal, and yet, for me, on sheer level of affection, it’s up there with the ludicrously better "Luck," and I can barely wait for each episode to air. So WTF, right? Looked at on paper (or screen) my affection becomes even more baffling. It’s yet another televisual offering where creatures of legend turn out to be true – see "Grimm," "Mirror, Mirror," "Once Upon a Time," "Red Riding Hood," "Snow White and the Huntsman," etc. The production values and directorial style vary between modest and meh, and on first approach it at best achieves the amusement level of a third-tier "Buffy" episode.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • February 17, 2012 9:00 AM
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GREY MATTERS: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN is disjointed and brilliant and baffling

Nothing gets a horror fan more ticked off than a director with airs claiming her new film isn’t "really" horror but actually a character study exploring the deep psychological recesses of blah blah blah. In the case of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" director Lynne Ramsay, you’ve got a fancy Scot arthouse filmmaker ("Morvern Callar") big on New Wave affect who probably doesn’t think she’s making a horror movie. Lionel Shriver, author of the book the film is based upon, probably thought that, by mentioning horror movies frequently, she could escape the fact that she was blending multiple horror narratives to make one very good horror novel that wasn’t really just a genre effort.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • February 3, 2012 6:18 AM
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GREY MATTERS: DOCTOR WHO's sublime study of grief, death and transfiguration continues to captivate its viewers

On a recent episode of "The Graham Norton Show," the genial goofball host was plainly delighted to have Karen Gillan—known worldwide as Amy Pond, the spirited, ginger-haired companion of The Doctor on "Doctor Who"—on his guest couch. Of course, Norton couldn’t pass up commenting on a rumor that Amy Pond would meet her maker on a coming "Who" episode, chiding her, “Everyone knows nobody on 'Doctor Who' dies!” The joke was that everyone on "Doctor Who" dies all the time and yet comes back to die yet again and again. Because dying is what you do on Who.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • January 19, 2012 11:30 AM
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