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  The Singing Detective  
  Keith Gordon  
  Robert Downey, Jr., Robin Wright Penn, Mel Gibson, Adrian Brody, Alfrie Woodard  
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  The Priestess  

I must confess from the outset I love Robert Downey, Jr. and Robin Wright Penn. They are both effortless, consummate actors, and I’ve never seen a less than believable performance from either of them. For me, a movie is all about suspension of disbelief. If I can’t lose myself in a movie, then why am I wasting my time? And despite the superb cast, the plot of this one’s a little unbelievable. In fact, it’s quite a wild ride. We’re talking Alice in Wonderland weird. Downey plays the lead role of a paperback writer with a severe psychosomatic skin condition suffering a psychotic break. Gee, isn’t that the foundation for every good film? A word of warning here: Don’t watch this film on morphine. In fact, if you like morphine, this film is for you. In fact, if you understand this film, skip the morphine. It’s just redundant, and it’s in such bad taste to watch a Downey flick under the influence.

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