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  • Slugs

    Slugs

    "As in his best known film, the crazy genre patchwork Pieces (1982), here Simón presides over an America-set story, half of which was filmed in his native Spain, with a cast from both countries. The artifice of this, and the ‘offness’ of much of the character interaction, ensure that Slugs, though certainly a pulpy confection, compensates for its many clichés with charmingly campy eccentricity – and as ever, Simón delivers on the icky bodily destruction."
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  • Bloody Muscle Builder to Hell

    Bloody Muscle Builder to Hell

    "It is a rough-hewn throwback to a pre-CG era when straight-to-VHS productions were cheap and tawdry, with low-grade stock and poor lighting all contributing to the air of, well, amateurishness. Although that is of course the whole appeal of this film, which plays out its absurd plotting and over-the-top gestures with a sincerity that only adds to the sense of old-school authenticity. Put simply, despite, or even because, of all its naïve, straight-faced earnestness, Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell comes with real heart – not to mention kidney, liver, intestines and brains…"
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  • They Look Like People

    They Look Like People

    "...down in the basement the film's dual status as indie buddy movie and psychological horror converges into one. This climactic sequence, unbearably tense but also profoundly moving, takes friendship to its outer limits, while presenting the most alarming aspects of mental illness in the most sympathetic of lights."
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  • Nymphomaniac

    Nymphomaniac

    review from Film4 (slightly altered)
    www.film4.com/reviews/2013/nymphomaniac

    Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.

    Review:
    "Fill all my holes, please."
    It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…