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Added by VierasTalo on 13 Feb 2021 03:02
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Film Journal 2021

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People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
If you ever have to cast a film full of dubious douche bags get in contact with Lindsay Graham and Mary Vernieu because those two got this shit on lockdown! Also bonus points for having Clancy Brown and Jennifer Coolidge just play super chill roles.

Oh, the movie is pretty great. Practically everything I would even begin to brush about it has been said already.
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I do love watching like 50 minutes of a 53 minute movie from a scruffy VHS only to learn that Nicolas Winding-Refn totally got it remastered and it's just hanging up on his page for free. Oh well, it's only appropriate to watch footage like this as if you were watching it from beyond a scrapped up piece of your tinfoil hat. The juxtaposition of communism and christianity has always struck me as a bit silly, and this film certainly amplifies that feeling, and the shock imagery and commentary (all based on facts, of course, who would doubt that), while occasionally so feverish it becomes thrillingly stupid and amusing, just give the whole thing this aura of bad faith that's so thick you just... don't want to interact with this as a piece of media.

Yet here I am looking up the two other movies in this trilogy. Oh no.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.3
Wrong Turn (2021)
Bless Saban Films for pouring money into these overtly ambitious movies that will not make them money.

Seriously, this movie... might not be good but it's definitely going for basically every damn thing you can think of! You can see the writer of the original series has really taken the opportunity to rewrite the thing he's been writing for for decades to the fullest extent, just pouring every single idea into this single piece of work he wanted to have in those movies but probably couldn't because they're silly pulp nonsense.

As such, though, this movie straddles a very weird line between being an Ari Aster horror film and that familiar, albeit differently stylized pulpy action horror. It doesn't really have the chops for either, but bless them for trying. The credits are also a terrific pull that require a confidence I wish the rest of this film had all the way through it.

Still, I love to see ambition in genre cinema and this is the textbook definition of that.
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People who added this item 848 Average listal rating (539 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Look, you give me an outrageously hammy villain performance from Vincent Price and enough cute visuals, I will walk away happy.

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Hah, oh gee, what an ending this one has. After sitting through 75 or so minutes of a passable, though very late-era giallo, you get this splash card about how this movie was made so the police may learn from it.

So yeah, here's some lessons for you, cops:
- Criminology doesn't work
- The killer could be a witch
- Psychics can be effectively used to get up-to-date information on the killings

The largest failing in this movie is how disconnected our heroine is from literally everything else in the movie. The killer (... probably) never comes after her. She never meets the killer. It'd be alright if there was at least some red herring climax, but no, this movie ends with the vaginal mutilation of a dead woman. It's not a climax, it's a gross-out shock shot preceded by her breast getting cut off. In it's extremely visible and vacuous attempt to shock you it's just very... boring as a choice to ostensibly end the movie on.

So look, this thing has some stuff going for it (the "voyeur's bar" has some interesting clientele, our lead is pretty good at acting and when you still think this might be going somewhere the sleaziness is fun enough) but it pays off on absolutely none of it and really just feels like they ran out of money (a thing not helped by the film repeating a shot of a car driving by the camera like four times across it's entire duration) and couldn't film the actual ending.

On the bright side the music stays pretty nice and haunting throughout and there are some cool shots here โ€“ if only you could see them given that this only exists as either a cut TV version or a very ugly VHS copy.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 4.5 IMDB Rating 5.9
The Double (1971)
A complete offensive mess of a movie. Dude gets shot in a parking lot and has a death flashback to the events preceding this shooting. It's mostly about his Moroccan holiday with this far-too-young wife, where he raped her mother and got very angry all the time. This has nothing to do with why he's getting shot though, turns out the shooter was just an obsessed gay lover of a guy whose body our hero disposed of because he thought the mom shot him!

I just can't with most of the decisions made in this film. It isn't helped by the score being a boring trash heap. The only intrigue it presents occurs when you think maybe the movie is going to lean into how crappy the character is, but it never does, and this inability to understand what a toxic piece of garbage he is destroys whatever else they could've done with this (which is honestly not much). This is referred to as a giallo in most circles which is totally true on account of this being based on a book that was probably a giallo book, but it's definitely not the sort of movie you'd think of or hope for when using that term.
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This movie is complete nonsense and I love it. It has that grand sense of thematic weight that the best Gothic horror does even if the minutia is real, real dumb most of the time. The completely lit "we need candles to walk around here" big mansion with supposedly no power or light, the day-for-night scenes that are caked in blue, the occasionally disturbing, occasionally still totally fantastic looking Succubus-makeup, the dumb comeuppance of all the characters.... THE OPENING, oh my god that opening. It's just a big bowl of hammy-ass cheese and it tastes real good.

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An interesting exploration on various aspects of found footage. I appreciate the critical lens it uses to explore all of it's characters, as few of them walk away unscathed. The characters are strong, which is a deliberate choice that mostly works to the film's benefit, but it also makes it occasionally difficult to follow since everyone is sort of going all-out on a mental level. It's a funny film, and I look forward to seeing more from these people. It's also a terrific pull to make an overt Mr. Sardonicus reference in a film that sort of winds up being about forgiveness and empathy.

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People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.9
Saint Maud (2020)
As someone who has performed to some extent palliative care in a hospital ward I found the breaking of the nurse's psyche presented in this film as... touching, I suppose. Though I would probably not go down the path of religious fervor as a result, the breakdown of the mind is something I really feel like was always close to me in that line of work. The responsibility of care combined with the dire circumstances is something that creates a load on you, and if something was to break your back, proverbially, for example you making a fatal mistake of some sort, I bet this could all go down. It feels very real to me.

I wish the over-the-top visual styling towards the end was a bit tamed down as the overblown nature really strikes against the face of the rest of the styling of this film.
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People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (113 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Unknown (1927)
Absolutely bonkers nonsense that still reaches high emotions. Extremely on brand for what I love in pulpier silent film. Every intertitle mentioning hands create the dumbest damn themes you'll ever see with nothing but hand-hatred, hand-love and hand-cut-offery (along with a very random extra thumb!) to the brims. Browning's visual eye is fucking impeccable which, along with the Cheney close-ups, make this an incredible experience. It also moves like a speeding train.

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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.9
The Photograph is a fun, revelatory experience, because it made me rather introspective about what my idea of rich, not-particularly-concerned-about-financials romantic drama -leading New Yorkers is, because it is 100% formed by my past filmwatching, and it is most definitely not black. Unlike The Photograph, a film that is so vividly aware of how it's applying the black experience into the framework of a traditional romantic drama, that instead of being bothered by the fact that Issa Rae has an all-windows apartment in downtown Manhattan where she keeps her thirty wine-glasses in open glass cabinets next to her 3000$ bottles of whiskey, you're just impressed because this is some unusual, bold filmmaking. It's daring, and that's super dumb for it to be that way, because it really shouldn't be: We should be used to people of all color, shape and size to be leading films like this. But we absolutely are not. And that sticks with you.

As does all the stuff about regrets and how machismo is some high-class bullshit.
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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
Complete fucking nightmare fuel with an exceptional lead performance, a shot with a devastating payoff and a surprise Mathieu Amalric!

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People who added this item 155 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.4
What a friggin' highlight to have in your problematic, often crappy, sometimes good movie: Pedro Pascal doing his best to out-Divoff the original Wishmaster in a screenplay wholly unsuiting to such treatment. But like, hey, he's making it his own, and with the quality of the whole thing being what it is, he damn well should.

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