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Colossal (2016)
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The Shout (1978)
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Crossroads (1928)
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Underground (1928)
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Creepy (2016)
Watched first in January, comment below from there. Let's add to that by saying that watching this with headphones on at 4AM VS 3PM in a room with 12 people is a very different experience.

You know what would've also been a really good title for Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest? "Abject, Soul-filling Terror" or "Asphyxiating Existential Horror". So yeah, leave it to Kurosawa, one of the few actual masters of modern horror film to make a horror film about trust.

The title of a "master of genre" is too easy to give out nowadays, but this man solidifies his reputation with Creepy, as he seems to understand something so few people do when it comes to horror films explicitly built around a social theme; You don't just take a social phenomenon such as trust and break it to make your film terrifying. You take that idea and instead of breaking it, you twist it. You use it for nefarious purposes it was never intended to be used. Through this, you can achieve levels of terror horror films can only wistfully hope to aspire to.

Creepy absolutely nails that aspect. There are issues with it as a story – more on that later – but when it comes to making you feel like a corpse in a plastic bag that's slowly getting vacuum-sealed, it's on the money. The ever-present ambient hum that prevails over the film is key to it. It might be noises from a street, from a small park, from a university – or it might be high- or low-pitched beats, intensifying as scenes that begin as innocent grow more and more sinister. And when the film goes silent? You know everything has gone wrong.

The other key part is the ways in which Kurosawa manages to twist and turn his thematic focus up and around. This isn't a film that has plot twists in it. It's a very slow, steady progression over two hours. Trust is built over a length of time, and he does what he can to showcase this with the pacing of his film. But like I said, the true stroke of genius, mastery if you will, is hidden within what he does with trust. What his characters end up doing in the name of it, how they mistake absolute truths in their lives to still exist when trust – the typically most affluent and and loyal of human emotions – has eradicated them in their absence. It is absolutely insufferable to watch because it causes you mental anguish on terrifying levels.

This might be the new best Kiyoshi Kurosawa film and I don't say that lightly. The only detractor might be that in order for the trust concept to work, the screenplay has to take some leaps I wish were smoother. The protagonist, at one point, has all the power to stop the ongoings, and all he has to do is speak truthfully and in detail. Instead he rambles like a maniac even before the traumatic event that causes him to do so is revealed. I don't necessarily see it as a major detraction, since in terms of going this balls-deep in a theme some leaps are bound to be necessary. As such it feels as much of a leap as accepting that in the world of Ringu there are ghosts.

As a last note, let it be said that the psychopath in this film is probably the best performance I'll see this entire year and it's the 12th of January. He has the grin of a Brian Azzarello Joker brought to stark reality.
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Optical Sound (2005)
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Martin (1978)
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Revenge (1989)
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Double Down (2005)
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The Fits (2015)
First watched in January, comment below from there. Still fits the bill.

Anna Rose Holmer's incredible, sparse directorial debut comes from somewhere between Bela Tarr and 70s paranoia thrillers. It's unsettling, quiet, melodic, rhythmic and most of all, very poignant.

It is a film about fitting in. A tomboy, driven to her current status by mimicking her boxing brother, turns to the community center's dance group when she feels like she might want to hang out with other girls her age and older. Some of the girls in the class begin having what could be described as epileptic fits, for seemingly no reason. As the older girls all have one, some of the younger girls begin to think they'd like to have one too. So they do. The latter half of the film is the conflict within our protagonist, Toni, trying to decide whether she wants to literally fit in by having of these fits.

It's not necessarily the most evocative story in text, but the way it's told is exceptional, certainly in the modern mumblecore-driven independent American cinema. There's maybe 200 lines of dialogue that are actually part of the story in The Fits, the rest being stuff you just hear in a locker room because people are talking. The expression of emotions is delegated mostly to movement and facial expressions rather than discussion of them. Toni's hard-line learning of her new dance routine is shot like she was avoiding spies in an ugly part of New York City, dissonant, abrupt sounds forming a whole that speaks of alienation.

Because of this very sparse, melancholic look and sound, the films of Bela Tarr come to mind. That's what The Fits feels like. Where Tarr looks inside the human soul, The Fits does too, but instead of taking place in a black-and-white, decrepit Hungary, it takes place in the modern world, a community center somewhere in the US. It's full of color, but shot like a Tarr-film, with bleak shapes taking over the screen and the camera not moving much, or certainly not in grand swoops.

There are no adults in this world. They're seen almost like they are in Peanuts, though we do see their bodies every once in a while in full frame. The Fits goes out of it's way to portray a very secular world view of Toni's life, and in doing that, all these parts come together to make it an undoubted success in that aspect.
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Sleight (2016)
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The Circle (2017)
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Okja (2017)
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People who added this item 105 Average listal rating (143 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.7
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Power Rangers (2017)
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White Dog (1982)
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Life (2017)
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Raw (2016)
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Table 19 (2017)
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Free Fire (2016)
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Get Out (2017)
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Posted: 3 months, 2 weeks ago at Apr 11 11:01
Apua! Fast and Furious 8!
Posted: 3 months, 1 week ago at Apr 11 13:36
Parempi kuin 7, yhtä hyvä kuin 6. The Rock kääntää torpedoita edukseen.
Posted: 2 months, 4 weeks ago at Apr 25 23:54
Oletko nyt aivan varma näistä pisteytyksistä? Olen ymmälläni.
Posted: 2 months, 4 weeks ago at Apr 26 20:01
Siis mistä? Olen aika satavarma. Ei tuossa kai muuta ihmeellistä ole kuin se että Tokyo Drift, 6 ja 7 nousivat kaikki jonkin verran. Kakkosen näin ekaa kertaa ja se oli hölmöimmästä päästä tuota sarjaa mikä on aika helvetinmoinen saavutus.

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