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The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez (2000)

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Chronicling the last days of the life of the social outcast Ricardo Lopez in 1996 as he mails a bomb to Icelandic singer Björk.

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Chronicling the last days of the life of the social outcast Ricardo Lopez in 1996 as he mails a bomb to Icelandic singer Björk.

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As real as it gets.
29 September 2009 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

If you've stumbled upon this little blurb of mine, you most likely know who Ricardo Lopez was, and you've also probably seen Ricardo decked out in his Sith-like make-up committing suicide. The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez gives you a detailed look into the downward spiral of his depression and mental state.

The 'movie' is a 104 minute 'highlight' reel of sorts that was taken from over 20 hours of home video footage Ricardo shot while he was planning his attempt to murder singer, Bjork. Which what began as a sort of mastermind plan to murder her, he began realizing he would never get away with it, and slowly his master-plan began unraveling, and so does he, and that death would ultimately be the best result for his plans.

This film is a weird viewing experience. I knew of the demise of Ricardo. I've seen it. But consistently throughout the movie my mind would still hope that I'd see Ricardo see his folly, and witness him improve. But unfortunately, that's not the case, and any wishful thinking is all but useless energy.

With only witnessing the suicide, you're left with a very simple impression; that he's just a psycho. Again, that is just not the case here. This is a classic case of mental illness, and watching his descent is must-see viewing if you're interested in the human condition. It's touching, intriguing, graphic, intimate and more than anything else, sad.


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