a dangerous method

Two critically acclaimed entries into the 2011 Oscar race make their way to DVD and Blu-ray, but one is significantly more successful than the other in the drama department.

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David Cronenberg delivers a character study centered around three people central to the birth of psychoanalysis. Michael Fassbender stars as Carl Jung, who would expand on the ideas of Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) to create analytical psychology. Jung’s breakthrough comes through his relationship with Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a mental patient whom he is able to help by applying Freud’s methods.

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The holidays have sunk their teeth into the meaty flesh of middle-America’s soft underbelly, gripping their prey like some kind of lock-jawed Komodo dragon that only releases its victim when it can feel the pulse beat out its last faint thump. This, of course, is entirely fair, what with the brain-dead consumer-base infecting all elements [...]

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