Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991)

Directed by Peter Sellars
My rating: BOMB

Two Wall Street yuppies befriend a homeless man outside of their building. He later brutally murders one of them, sending the other into a spiral of depression. His girlfriend tries to comfort and help him, but he succumbs to his nightmares. A silent film with a soundtrack that is completely inappropriate and unsynchronized with what is happening on screen. For example, the music will swell to a dramatic conclusion while a man rides an elevator or eats pizza, but then go completely silent when something important does happen. It will then veer unexpectedly to chants of Tibetan monks with no corresponding change of mood on screen. It's like someone took another film and just dubbed random music on top of it. As a result, I could have cared less about the characters or their situation. Oh, and that's Mikhail Baryshnikov in the lead! David Lynch was an executive producer.

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