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  • Hate Crime

    Hate Crime

    ★★

    Found footage cruelty, as a Jewish family is attacked in their home by a trio of neo-Nazi men, who grab the family's camcorder and document the carnage. And so begins a gruelling, real-time assault featuring rape, racist slurs, beatings and shootings. It is, as you might imagine, relentlessly nasty stuff, but it also wastes no time in getting into the action, it's believably done and it's very hard to watch. So on that level, it achieves what it sets out…

  • Angst

    Angst

    ★★★★

    Reading other people's reviews of Angst, you'd think it was one of most hard-to-watch depictions of mass murder ever committed to film. But I don't quite get that. To me, the tone is strange, distancing and even cartoonish at times. My reading of the film is that it's trying to get inside a murderer's head and explain how he can both justify his crimes to himself, and bear to be there as he's carrying them out. It's almost a comedy…

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  • City of the Living Dead

    City of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    Extract from HAMLET by William Shakespeare:

    FIRST GRAVEDIGGER
    Is she to be buried in Christian burial that
    wilfully seeks her own salvation?

    SECOND GRAVEDIGGER
    I tell thee she is: and therefore make her grave
    straight: the crowner hath sat on her, and finds it
    Christian burial.

    FIRST GRAVEDIGGER
    How can that be, unless she drowned herself in her
    own defence?

    SECOND GRAVEDIGGER
    It must be "se offendendo"; it cannot be else. For
    here lies the point: if I drown myself…

  • Brain Damage

    Brain Damage

    ★★★★½

    For my money, this movie has the greatest ever ratio of atmosphere per dollar of budget. I would say that its $900,000 bought about 15 atmospheres, which is 1.69 pascals per dollar.

    To put this in perspective, something like The Neon Demon is admittedly even more atmospheric than Brain Damage - it has maybe 40 atmospheres. But on a budget of $7 million, that's only 0.579 pascals per dollar. (There are 101,325 pascals in 1 atmosphere, and that's yer actual…