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Thriller - En grym film (1974)

Madeleine (Christina Lindberg) is mute, ostensibly after being raped as a child. One day she leaves the family farm, lead to the city by a man who seemingly can’t stop talking. As you might’ve guessed, it doesn’t end well. The man, Tony (Heinz Hopf), forces Madeleine into prostitution and heroin addiction. After at first refusing, Madeleine soon has her mind changed by a scalpel to the eye. Despite the steady heroin supply, Madeleine doesn’t very much like prostitution, and sets out to get her revenge on Tony and the tricks.


Written by Kalle on Friday July 17, 2009
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Watchmen (2009)

Zack Snyder’s feature film debut, Dawn of the Dead (2004), had a kinetic, visually exciting opening sequence, but the rest of the film was fairly pointless. His second film, 300, was all flash and no substance, and, frankly, I found it a bit boring. And now, he’s tasked with bringing the Tristram Shandy of comic books, Alan Moore'sWatchmen (1986-7), to the silver screen. So, a comic book by a wizard, adapted by Solid Snake, and directed by a man who made his name remaking Romero. If that isn’t the definition of the post-modern condition, I don’t know what is; thecreators are mash-up of pop-culture mythology.


Written by Kalle on Wednesday July 15, 2009
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Persona (1966)

A projector lamp. Film running through spools. A penis. A nail driven through a hand. A spider. Footage from a silent film. Bodies in the morgue. A boy watches Bibi Anderson’s and Liv Ullman’s faces on a screen. No, that isn’t an excerpt from a Coleman Francis film’s narration, but a list of some of the images which open Ingmar Bergman’s Persona.


Written by Kalle on Tuesday July 14, 2009
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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

In 1974, Meir Zarchi and his eight-year-old daughter were driving to a park when they saw a woman crawl naked out of the bushes. The woman had been raped by two men and Zarchi helped her to the police, where they had the misfortune of running into a singularly unhelpful police officer. It was this episode that inspired Zarchi to write and direct Day of the Woman. While the very fact that Zarchi chose to make a B-movie about rape is exploitative, in its first release, Day of the Woman wasn’t marketed as exploitation and didn’t create much controversy, but went mostly unnoticed. However, the film was re-released in 1980 as I Spit on Your Grave and sold on its, not insubstantial, exploitation trappings.


Written by Kalle on Sunday July 12, 2009
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Lady Vengeance (2005)

Lady Vengeance is the third and final instalment in Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy. I haven’t seen the previous parts—Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Oldboy (2003)—so I will be reviewing this as if it stood alone.


Written by Kalle on Wednesday July 8, 2009
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