a jolt to the system
Watching "Paprika" got me out of the sleepy funk I was in over the whole New Year weekend - it's a crazy blaze of colours and gorgeously trippy and imaginative. If the ideas and questions it poses aren't necessarily the most innovative, it's nonetheless thoughtful and watchable and a great argument that films can toss off weird and wonderful big concepts and NOT alienate audiences. It's a huge relief after David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" - that movie just left me completely bewildered and mildly disgusted. I don't know why I still watch Mr Cronenberg's work: they don't really do anything for me and I always come out wishing I watched something else.
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