One Cut of the Dead ★★★½

great bait & switch where you think this is gonna be some wack zombie bullshit but then really it's a paean to collectivism and the communal art of filmmaking. battling personal/cultural stagnation (fast, cheap and average) through the joy of creation, with some wet-eyed paternal pride for good measure. almost like a very soft-hearted heist movie, though as it unfurls you come to realize its structural long con is much simpler than it lets on.