Monthly Archives: August 2010

Observe and Report (Jody Hill, 2009)

The moralistic impulse shared by Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle and the protagonists of Joe, that misguided effort to save the (good) youth of America by killing their evil father-figures or the bad apples in their community, is similarly buried in … Continue reading

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Dead Snow (Død snø) (Tommy Wirkola, 2009)

This Norwegian film is a by-the-numbers isolated-cabin-in-the-woods yarn; a frenetic gore-fest dripping with glops of guts and grey matter; or a loving pastiche of Evil Dead 2 and the Dita Parlo section of Grand Illusion, depending on the moment when … Continue reading

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Turkey Shoot (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 1982)

If one were so inclined, one might find gestures towards satire, social commentary, or black humor in this film. It’s easy to read the over-the-top markers of genre (sadistic guards, fey overseers, creepy inmates, gratuitous nudity) and the maniacal obliteration … Continue reading

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