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Memoirs Of My Nervous Illness Review


Very Good
Memoirs of My Nervous Illness is a biopic that is inherently risky -- it centers on a figure that, for all intents and purposes, no one has ever heard of. What it lacks in familiarity, though, it makes up for with the voyeuristic thrill from a very lucid depiction of madness.

In 1903 Germany, the erudite and well-spoken Daniel Paul Schreber (Jefferson Mays), a former judge, pleads his came to be released from an insane asylum. His calm and detailed account of his own mental illness, offering the film both its structure and its voice over narration, is taken from Schreber's real-life diaries. The diaries began as an effort by a dedicated doctor, Flechsig (Robert Cucuzza) to quell Schreber's descent into insanity, but Schreber proves an adversary every bit as intelligent and stubborn as Flechsig's best efforts in treatment.

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Collectors Review


Excellent
John Wayne Gacy, serial killer? Or John Wayne Gacy, artist? The new documentary Collectors lets you decide whether a mass murderer who paints in his cell produces something to be treasured or something to be despised. Not surprisingly, filmmaker Julian P. Hobbs has found plenty of people on both sides of the issue.

Collectors largely revolves around the art -- most of it very good -- of Elmer Wayne Henley, who in the early 1970s killed some 27 young boys with the help of Dean "The Candyman" Corll in southwest Houston. In 1973, Corll turned on his accomplice and Henley shot him. Henley is now serving six life sentences for his crimes. He has little to do but paint.

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