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  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Aug, 2013 2

    Shane Carruth's latest film is magnificently twisted, superbly genre-subversive and engaging on a mental level in a refreshing, stimulating manner. Each frame, evidently crafted with the utmost care, is as beautiful and gorgeous (if unconventionally so) as some movies can muster throughout their entire runtime. The opaque narrative eschews any simple explanation, and the recurring templates that colour the film - its soundtrack, certain images and feelings, even the barest of editing techniques easy to overlook but meticulously executed -…

  • Monsieur Lazhar

    Monsieur Lazhar 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Aug, 2013

    Algerian refugee teaches distraught kids in the wake of their former teacher's suicide. You could be forgiven for mistaking it for a Dardennes' brothers project, though thankfully its subtle humour and family-friendly approach to dark subject matter is less ingratiating than admirable.

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  • The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) 2010

    ½ Watched 22 Aug, 2012 45

    Having just sat through what is almost certainly one of the most disgusting films ever made, and arguing with one person defending it, I have mulled over The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) for much longer than it deserves. My conclusion is very simple: it is a gigantic, messy gore wank.

    About as delightful as having a chunk of dry shit stuck to the hairs on the crack of your ass, this film is an inexorable 91-minute slog through some…

  • Possession

    Possession 1981

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Jul, 2012 4

    Holy fucking shit.

    That was in brief my reaction after viewing Andrzej Zulawski's most famous horror film, an unforgettable, surreal, nightmarish, astonishingly weird and disgustingly horrid masterpiece that will either be perceived as astonishing and perfect or complete trash. I belong to the former category.

    With its echoes of The Shining from the previous year, and its allusions to prior horror classics such as Don't Look Now and The Exorcist, Possession has a lot in common with the horror films…