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  • Attenberg 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Mar, 2014

    I really like the way this uses Marina's perspective to make the human body and the things we do with it profoundly wierd. Marina, Bella and Sypros' exaggerated "animal" imitations are repeated so frequently that they become normal and seemingly regular human interactions become strange.

  • Manila in the Claws of Neon 1975

    Watched 15 Feb, 2014

    I have no idea how to rate this one because it falls into that category of noteworthy and accomplished films that are also really, really racist.

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  • I Saw the Devil 2010

    ★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2013

    Rote plot twists and suspense beats turn what should be an unnerving descent into moral hell into yet another tired revenge thriller. If Kim really wanted to put his hero through a meat grinder he could have made a noir film in which the protagonist is constantly, inexorably drawn towards his fate. Instead I Saw the Devil employs constant cat and mouse set pieces where the question is less about what will be left of the hero and more about…

  • Wasted on the Young 2010

    ★★★ Added

    Wasted on the Young, for all its deliberately overblown genre conceits, is the best observed high school set film I've seen in a long time. It's also a rare example of a piece of modern commercial cinema with a highly distinctive visual language devised with more ambitious intentions than simply creating pretty pictures. If it stumbles occasionally it is nonetheless a worthy attempt to blend "social commentary" with "genre sensationalism".

    But first to the good bits. The film aims to…