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Added by Toby White on 9 Jan 2013 08:00
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Hellraiser (1987)
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The Addiction (1995)
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Garage (2007)
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Scarecrow (1973)
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Big Night (1996)
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Visually impressive and atmospherically there is something very intriguing going on. The music and the beautifully precise arrangement of colour and composition work in tandem to create a dark otherworldly space. It reminded me a little of Gaspar Noe's Enter The Void.

When this is considered in light of Winding Refn's previous work, it's clear that his vision gives precendence to visuals and atmosphere. These aspects are the director's strong point.

The question is: Does he manage to lure you into his atmospheric tapestry? His films will be either hated or loved. One thing's for sure. He's definitely not a mediocre filmmaker.
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Pretty disturbing film from Rob Zombie. Dark as hell. Visually impressive. Atmospheric and off-the-wall, it packs a punch and it doesn't pander to the typical Hollywood ending.
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People who added this item 110 Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
An entertaining action Western from Walter Hill. Powers Boothe has some amazingly funny but inappropriate chauvinistic lines. His character is ridiculously over the top.
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Another Lynch masterpiece.
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Hail, Caesar! (2016)
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Funny Games (2008)

Funny Games U.S. grabs you by the balls from the outset and doesn't leave you go 'til the end credits roll. Haneke toys with the viewer, tapping into the contemporary fears people have of senseless acts of violence that are commited. I can easily imagine this scenario taking place in America.

All of the acting performances are outstanding, but Naomi Watts and Michael Pitt are utterly convincing.

Haneke's trademark dead-pan, matter-of-fact camera works very effectively throughout as it intensifies the helplessness of the victims while, at the same time, keeping the viewer outside the story as a sort of impotent mute observer who is forced to witness the taumatic events. The static camera therefore creates much of the tension, adding to the slowly unfurling mind-fuck wrought upon the family. One of the most disturbing elements of Pitt's character is his cold patience and impeccable manners. He insists on keeping up an air of politeness and remains ice cool while playing mind games.

Haneke delivers again.
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China Girl (1987)
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Showgirls (1995)
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Tideland (2006)
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People who added this item 291 Average listal rating (161 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
The Wackness (2008)
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To Die For (1995)
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The Witch (2016)
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Blue Collar (1978)
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It Follows (2015)
A really creepy atmospheric horror. Very unsettling and understated. This is a modern Horror classic with a brilliant score.
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Critters (1986)
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Barton Fink (1991)
My favourite Coen brothers film.
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A list of films that I think have received ludicrously low ratings. Clearly my taste is at odds with the majority as these are some of my favourite films.

The low ratings of films by directors like Jim Jarmusch, Abel Ferrara and John Carpenter reveal how under-appreciated these visionary filmmakers are within the mainstream.

Also, there are too many David Cronenberg films with low ratings such as Cosmopolis, The Brood and The Dead Zone. For one thing, The Brood is an incredibly disturbing film that ranks amongst the most unsettling films I've seen. It is a neglected masterpiece of horror.

Nicolas Winding Refn's films are also rated poorly. Valhalla Rising and Only God Forgives are great films that will probably achieve cult status in years to come.

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