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10 years of Flick Filosopher: a rerun of ‘The Truman Show’

The Truman Show is one of my favorite movies of the last decade, and even though I cringe to read some of these old reviews of mine, I’m still really happy with what I wrote about this film:

Director Peter Weir, writer Andrew Niccol, and Jim Carrey have created a stunningly original, deeply disturbing, surrealistic nightmare of a film the likes of which I haven’t seen in a long time. The Twilight Zone and The Prisoner, Terry Gilliam and George Orwell all contributed to Truman, but none of those influences ever encapsulated so many interrelated themes so brilliantly, so subversively — and so entertainingly: the pressure in our society to conform, the stifling of our children’s creativity and imagination, the abandonment of real-life pleasures to the artificiality of television, the unwillingness of most people to think for themselves.

Andrew Niccol: write more movies, dammit!

review of The Truman Show, posted 06.08.98

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