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  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★★★

    This film pushes so many buttons, and challenges so many taboos, it's hard to represent without giving the wrong idea. On the surface Funny Games (both the original and the remake, as they're both directed by Michael Haneke and identical-shot-for-shot.) is nihilist and punk rock (and it is!), but there is SO much commentary in the subtext.

    There are themes of social misogynistic standards, violence and its portrayal in culture, white privilege and class. It can be exhausting (in the way Requiem for a Dream is emotionally draining, but watch it. Write down how it makes you feel.

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★½

    Just re-watched this for the show and I was so happy that it held up. Like, really held up...like, why don't I watch this all the time, it's so good?!
    Matthew Lillard steals the show, but it really is an ensemble cast with Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox pulling their weight here. So many great quotes and so many mentions of "cellular telephones".
    Watch this if you want a really solid stalker film w/ a great sense of humour and nostalgia. (Mindy)

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★½

    Hollywood and its monsters: manufactured and exposed. Commentary on the cultural violence under the aesthetics of glamour and the draw of fame. Ultimately a less-dynamic Black Swan. "I liked everything about this movie, except the movie." (Darren)