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  • Pistol Opera

    Pistol Opera 2001

    ★★½ Watched 07 Feb, 2016

    50/100

    Bizarre without being particularly bracing; relentlessly distancing but weirdly affable in its jokey sense of surrealism. It kind of falls away at the end as all the fractured pieces remain scattered and resolutely unexplained.

  • Incendies

    Incendies 2010

    ★★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2016

    59/100

    What starts off as an interesting look at the divide between parents and children in terms of what they know about each other and the extent to which past events ripple through to the present ends up as the one of the most nonsensical "gotcha" twists that pretty much just collapses the whole enterprise into shaggy dog joke. Well, of the very, very dark humor kind.

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead 2004

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Feb, 2016

    70/100

    Solid, thrilling, funny... a little empty on the inside, but that's okay. Snyder has never really been able to recapture the genre bite he achieved here, instead letting everything that has come after become more self-serious and baggy (how he followed this up with the tone-deaf, mirthless 300, I'll never know). Sarah Polley proves she was just as comfortable fronting a straight commercial piece as she was the indies she started out in; it's a pity that she has pretty much stepped out from in front of the camera these days.

  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale 2000

    ★★★★★ Added

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A victim of people ignoring the "Don't judge a book by its cover" cliche, this is a vital, paradoxically life-affirming splatter film with a stong eye for absurdist detail. It's high school with Uzis and exploding neckbraces.

    It's probably best to start with the facts, address the rumors. Yes, it's about 44 young Japanese high schoolers, placed on a remote island and forced to hunt each other until only one is left alive. Yes, it's violent and very bloody. Yes,…