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  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★

    Really hard to tell whether this is an ode to American fascism or a satire of it. Dude with a shitty iron cross tattooed across the back of his head is menaced by (vaguely Central American) economic rivals, assaults a black man who treated him as a peer, and defends his white fetus from an overenthusiastic, East Asian abortionist. His victory over these antagonists takes the form of dying immediately after asking his boss to fuck his wife.

    Zahler seems…

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    S. Craig Zahler makes sure even the slow learners are wise to his status as 21st century America's preeminent white supremacist filmmaker. His films are technically competent, so he at least knows how to surround himself with a good team. Even when that fact is combined with his talent for convincing some people that nothing happening is the same as something happening, he still hasn't learned to create an interesting character, conjure audience investment in what's onscreen, or fashion a…

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