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Post by sol » December 16th, 2018, 5:10 am

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December 16th, 2018, 12:13 am
Thanks to sol for finding a Canadian film from the 30s and for posting that review. :cheers:
You're welcome. I notice that you still haven't seen my Peter Falk recommendation yet. :unsure:
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Post by sol » December 16th, 2018, 5:13 am

Canuxploitation and other offerings of the Great White NorthShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)

28. Memorandum (1967)

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This Canadian documentary follows a Holocaust survivor as he travels back to Germany. The archive footage and photographs sourced for the film are harrowing - in particular, a series of photos of Mengele's "terminal experiments". The sombre sourced music is very fitting too, especially the tunes played as the former Nazis are walked in and out of court. The project is, however, highly unfocused and often gets distracts from the Holocaust survivor's personal pilgrimage by posing tons of questions about how the Holocaust could have ever occurred.
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Post by sol » December 16th, 2018, 5:14 am

Fergenaprido wrote:
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Sol is the first and only one to complete the decade challenge so far
B) Achieved something here this round. :banana:
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Post by Fergenaprido » December 16th, 2018, 8:34 am

psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
December 15th, 2018, 6:43 pm
Fergenaprido wrote:
December 15th, 2018, 5:08 pm
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December 11th, 2018, 9:33 pm
14. Arrival (2016 / Denis Villeneuve) FTV 8/10
I missed this earlier... how is this a Canadian film?
Canadian director, shot entirely in Canada, and IMDb lists it as USA / Canada. Should qualify it, eh?
I don't think so. I've never heard of anyone considering this a Canadian film. Not sure why Canada is listed in imdb, the only Canadian company mentioned is "Xenolinguistics [ca] (copyright holder)", which seems to be a company created solely for this film. I'm going to remove the Canada tag from imdb. Sorry.

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Post by sol » December 16th, 2018, 12:07 pm

Canuxploitation and other offerings of the Great White NorthShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)

29. Upside Down (2012)

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While some of the GCI looks very fake here (outer space exteriors), the film features many breathtaking images of the two worlds side by side. Most impressive of all are the interiors of the one building that connects the two worlds with everyone able to look up and see someone walking on their roof. The pseudoscience behind the two worlds is incredibly elaborate though, and even after 17 minutes of exposition, it does not really add up with too much time dedicated to the lifeless romance. Disclosure's "Grab Her" clip is a preferable alternative.

30. Track Two (1982)

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Interviews, news clippings and occasional archival footage is used here as the filmmakers highlight just how heavily targeted the gay community of Canada is. Interesting statements include one gay man's observation that "we can pass for straight", concluding that they naturally need more representation than racial minorities. Another talks about only gradually feeling like his local gay community is in fact a community, and Margaret Atwood condemns the "institutional contempt" of police... but this is pretty much a mundane talking-heads style documentary.
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Post by sol » December 16th, 2018, 3:23 pm

Canuxploitation and other offerings of the Great White NorthShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)

31. War Witch (2012)

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While it deals with a relatively interesting subject (child soldiers), this film never gives a real sense of the protagonist being in danger or peril since we know that she has survived to retrospectively narrate the events. The film also covers a lot of human indecency in war (violence, rape, pillage) without ever really showing much in the way of bloodshed. Then there is the fact that around a third of the film is dedicated to a weirdly comical search for a white rooster. Rachel Mwanza is at least excellent in the lead throughout here.
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Post by peeptoad » December 16th, 2018, 4:39 pm

14. Brand Upon the Brain (2006) 7
straight outta TweedShow
1. Sur le seuil (2003) Evil Words 7
2. The Keeper (1976) 5
3. Funeral Home (1980) 7
4. Out of the Blue (1980) 8
5. The Uncanny (1977) 5
6. Crimes of the Future (1970) 5
7. The Brain (1988) 5
8. The Editor (2014) 6
9. Prom Night (1980) 5
10. The Dark (1993) 4
11. Exotica (1994) 8
12. Grave Encounters (2011) 3
13. Subconscious Cruelty (2000) 4

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Post by jeroeno » December 16th, 2018, 4:43 pm

54. WolfCop (2014)
55. Afflicted (2013)

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Post by blocho » December 17th, 2018, 12:32 am

2. Manufactured Landscapes

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Post by maxwelldeux » December 17th, 2018, 6:28 am

A is for CanadianShow
1. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
2. Reel Injun (2009)
3. Lost Heroes (2014)
4. Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010)
5. Inside Hana's Suitcase (2009)
6. The Last Gladiators (2011)
7. Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017)
8. Warrendale (1967)
9. Waiting for Fidel (1974)
10. Watermark (2013)
11. When Jews Were Funny (2013)
12. Being Canadian (2015)
13. My Millenial Life (2016)
"14. Shorts (60m):
Paul Tomkowicz: Street-railway Switchman (1954, 9m)
City of Gold (1957, 22m)
Universe (1960, 29m)"
15. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
16. A Married Couple (1969)
17. Dying at Grace (2003)
18. Stories We Tell (2012)
19. The Corporation (2003)
20. The Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special (2004)
21. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)
22. The Fly (1986)
23. The Coca-Cola Case (2009)
24. Vine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca (2010)
25. Grass (1999)

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Post by sol » December 17th, 2018, 12:30 pm

Canuxploitation and other offerings of the Great White NorthShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)

32. Turbo Kid (2015)

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An energetic throwback to the post-apocalyptic movies of yesteryear. As per the directing team's latter Summer of 84, a chief virtue here is the 1980s vibe, including a superb synth score. Based on a 7-minute short film though, the material feels stretched thin at full feature length. There is lots of gore and violence with some very dark comical moments involving limbs sawn off, guts literally spilled and a bystander continuing to urinate after collapsing from fatal injuries. There is little to carry the film in between these highlights though.

33. The Brain (1988)

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A nifty horror flick modeled on Videodrome. The film also features a brain monster and a mad scientist, and these elements are so under-developed that the film's mixed reputation as something frivolous/silly is understandable. The whole hallucination angle is terrific though, as well as the notion of brainwashing via television, and all of the hallucination scenes are superbly crafted, with a bleeding eyes teddy bear sequence a particular highlight. There is also a very cool Scanners style evil institute with fluorescent lights on the ground.

34. Deranged (1974)

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Roberts Blossom is excellent as the deranged killer here, eerily calm and quiet even when at his most maniacal, and there is a great shot that circles around a room before it is finally revealed that a voice that he is hearing is coming from his own mouth. This is one of those movies though where the set-up is much more interesting than the results. It is an incredibly slow-paced affair and both the comic relief and Leslie Carlson's intrusive news reporter narrator backfire. Roberts Blossom does get to act eccentric for 80 minutes though.
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Post by flavo5000 » December 17th, 2018, 7:23 pm

6. Being Different (1981)
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1. Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)
2. Camp Hollywood (2004)
3. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)
4. Black Metal Veins (2012)
5. The Arctic Patrol (1929)
6. Being Different (1981)

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Post by albajos » December 17th, 2018, 10:20 pm

09. Goosebumps S01E04 The Girl Who Cried Monster (1995) Canada 17 checks
09. Goosebumps S01E14 It Came from Beneath the Sink (1996) Canada 21 checks
09. Goosebumps S01E03 The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (1995) Canada 18 checks
The reason for the odd numbering is that these are numbered 1-3 on Netflix. Anyway, my Netflix ran out today so there wont be any more in this challenge anyway.
10. Loose Screws (1985) Canada 46 checks
The loose sequel to Screwballs. Just terrible.

and this will be me last post from me in this challenge. 70s to 2010s covered.
I will only be seeing 5 more doumentaries this month in the two other challenges and go on vacation.

So thanks for hosting and Happy Holidays!

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07. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
06. Après-ski (1971)
01. Being Canadian (2015)
09. Goosebumps (1995-96)
08. A History of Violence (2005)
05. Real Vikings (2016)
10. Loose Screws (1985)

Year
06. Après-ski (1971)
10. Loose Screws (1985)
09. Goosebumps (1995)
09. Goosebumps (1996)
08. A History of Violence (2005)
07. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
01. Being Canadian (2015)
05. Real Vikings (2016)

Off. lists
08. A History of Violence (2005) 10
07. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008) 2

Checks
08. A History of Violence (2005) 22 168
07. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008) 3 405
10. Loose Screws (1985) 46
01. Being Canadian (2015) 25
06. Après-ski (1971) 5
05. Real Vikings (2016) 1

!seen 10

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Post by sol » December 18th, 2018, 2:45 am

Canuxploitation and other offerings of the Great White NorthShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)

35. The Mask (1961)

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As per the Jim Carrey film The Mask, those who wear the title article here experience a change in behaviour, though in this case wearing the mask is the equivalent of having an LSD trip with bizarre imagery to match. The film was made for the 3D market and as such almost all energy here is expended on the trippy sequences, which are admittedly creative and unsettling with eyes popping out of skulls, flaming arms and so forth. The rest of the film though is sadly little to write home about and the acting varies from adequate to poor.

36. Stupidity (2003)

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This documentary attempts to define stupidity and examine why it seems more prevalent than ever in the globally connected 21st century. The film gets off to a solid start, examining the origins of the terms "idiot", "imbecile" and "moron" and the history of the IQ test, but subsequent to this, the project goes off on tangents, some of which are less interesting than others. At its weakest, the film tries to make the case for George W. Bush not only being stupid, but also someone elected specifically because the masses wanted someone stupid in charge.
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Post by 3eyes » December 18th, 2018, 3:34 am

11. Race (Can 16)
Biopic of Jesse Owens.
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1. The war between us (Can 95)
2. Stories we tell (Canada 12) - Triple
3. Le fantôme de l'opératrice (Can 06) - Double
4-8. Republic of Doyle (Can 10- S1, Eps 1-5)
9. Monsieur Lazhar (Can 11) - Double (Rewatch)
10. La face cachée de la lune / The far side of the moon (Canada 03)
11. Race (Can 16)
:run: STILL the Gaffer!

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Post by allisoncm » December 18th, 2018, 6:48 am

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1. Curling 2010, in 0 top lists - iCM Forum's Favourite Canadian Films - Top 150
2. Vic + Flo ont vu un ours (2013) 3/10
3. The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (1983) 6/10
4. Manufactured Landscapes (2006) 5.2/10

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Post by cinephage » December 18th, 2018, 6:52 am

02. Enemy, by Denis Villeneuve (2013) 7/10

Very strange and puzzling... Yet a very interesting film.
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01. My Winnipeg, by Guy Maddin (2007) 7,5/10

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Post by sol » December 18th, 2018, 7:56 am

Canuxploitation and other offerings of the Great White NorthShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)

A viewing with thanks to Ferg, albajos and max:

37. Being Canadian (2015)

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Rob Cohen's voiceover narration here is entertaining and the film begins well, focusing on misconceptions about Canada in terms of its size, climate and population. Cohen's road trip itself though is uneven. Some events feel truncated, such as his visiting his school, and the conclusion that Cohen reaches at the end is hardly amazing. The film ends well though with zany alternative national anthems, and there is a great bit where he visits a psychotherapist representing Canada as a whole, trying to find its own identity outside of association with the US.

Added the film to my 500<400 ballot for next year. :thumbsup:

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Bonus one point for the side challenge to everyone who can identify which film the image is a production still from AND also watches the film for this challenge. :D
Oh, yes please! :circle: I absolutely love the films of this country... and not just because my favourite film of all time is Canadian. :unsure:
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Post by peeptoad » December 18th, 2018, 10:37 am

15. Atanarjuat (2001) 8
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1. Sur le seuil (2003) Evil Words 7
2. The Keeper (1976) 5
3. Funeral Home (1980) 7
4. Out of the Blue (1980) 8
5. The Uncanny (1977) 5
6. Crimes of the Future (1970) 5
7. The Brain (1988) 5
8. The Editor (2014) 6
9. Prom Night (1980) 5
10. The Dark (1993) 4
11. Exotica (1994) 8
12. Grave Encounters (2011) 3
13. Subconscious Cruelty (2000) 4
14. Brand Upon the Brain (2006) 7

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Post by sol » December 18th, 2018, 1:31 pm

Canuxploitation and other offerings of the Great White NorthShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)

38. Death Weekend (1976)

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A home invasion thriller with more to it than meets the eye; Chuck Shamata's male victim is actually a sleazy and shady character in his own right, having lured the young woman to his isolated country manor under false pretences, and the thugs metaphorically make him pay for both his deception and decadent, affluent lifestyle. All that said and done, the film's final third is the least effective as the thugs go wild and the woman is forced to defend herself; these sequences are far less scary than the mind games and implied threats from the gang.
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Post by peeptoad » December 18th, 2018, 3:44 pm

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December 18th, 2018, 1:31 pm
38. Death Weekend (1976)

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A home invasion thriller with more to it than meets the eye; Chuck Shamata's male victim is actually a sleazy and shady character in his own right, having lured the young woman to his isolated country manor under false pretences, and the thugs metaphorically make him pay for both his deception and decadent, affluent lifestyle. All that said and done, the film's final third is the least effective as the thugs go wild and the woman is forced to defend herself; these sequences are far less scary than the mind games and implied threats from the gang.
With only Bedroom Eyes and Wedding in White (and the Matty Hanson film) left to watch of Fruet's main output... this is my favorite film of his. I agree with you to an extent regarding your criticism as I thought the envelope could have been pushed farther in terms of the "scary" parts, but I thought the rest of the film was pretty strong... significantly stronger than the IMDB average(which has actually climbed since I saw it several years ago).

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Post by sol » December 18th, 2018, 4:22 pm

peeptoad wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 3:44 pm
sol wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 1:31 pm
A home invasion thriller with more to it than meets the eye; Chuck Shamata's male victim is actually a sleazy and shady character in his own right, having lured the young woman to his isolated country manor under false pretences, and the thugs metaphorically make him pay for both his deception and decadent, affluent lifestyle. All that said and done, the film's final third is the least effective as the thugs go wild and the woman is forced to defend herself; these sequences are far less scary than the mind games and implied threats from the gang.
With only Bedroom Eyes and Wedding in White (and the Matty Hanson film) left to watch of Fruet's main output... this is my favorite film of his. I agree with you to an extent regarding your criticism as I thought the envelope could have been pushed farther in terms of the "scary" parts, but I thought the rest of the film was pretty strong... significantly stronger than the IMDB average(which has actually climbed since I saw it several years ago).
Just to be clear, I liked Death Weekend a lot. It's a solid 7 for me and I have added it to my 500<400 ballot for next year. The premise is an excellent subversion of home invasion/revenge movie clichés with an extremely flawed male victim protagonist who probably deserves all the horror coming his way in spades. I just wasn't really a fan of where the film ended up taking the premise. I mean, after...
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...the male victim dies, the film simply becomes another one woman takes revenge thriller, somewhat akin to I Spit on Your Grave, but not as effective or cathartic since most of the psychological horror is aimed at him, not her. I would have preferred just more psychological torture of them, maybe him forced to watch on as his house (and equipment for spying on women) is totally ruined and set on fire or something...
...or maybe that's just my sadistic side coming out. :blink:

The only other Fruet film that I have seen is Killer Party, which has an amazing number of metafictive false beginnings but is pretty tame beyond that. Definitely interested in seeking out more Fruet this month. Search and Destroy is already in my list of things to potentially see.
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Post by peeptoad » December 18th, 2018, 4:41 pm

sol wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 4:22 pm
peeptoad wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 3:44 pm
sol wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 1:31 pm
A home invasion thriller with more to it than meets the eye; Chuck Shamata's male victim is actually a sleazy and shady character in his own right, having lured the young woman to his isolated country manor under false pretences, and the thugs metaphorically make him pay for both his deception and decadent, affluent lifestyle. All that said and done, the film's final third is the least effective as the thugs go wild and the woman is forced to defend herself; these sequences are far less scary than the mind games and implied threats from the gang.
With only Bedroom Eyes and Wedding in White (and the Matty Hanson film) left to watch of Fruet's main output... this is my favorite film of his. I agree with you to an extent regarding your criticism as I thought the envelope could have been pushed farther in terms of the "scary" parts, but I thought the rest of the film was pretty strong... significantly stronger than the IMDB average(which has actually climbed since I saw it several years ago).
Just to be clear, I liked Death Weekend a lot. It's a solid 7 for me and I have added it to my 500<400 ballot for next year. The premise is an excellent subversion of home invasion/revenge movie clichés with an extremely flawed male victim protagonist who probably deserves all the horror coming his way in spades. I just wasn't really a fan of where the film ended up taking the premise. I mean, after...
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...the male victim dies, the film simply becomes another one woman takes revenge thriller, somewhat akin to I Spit on Your Grave, but not as effective or cathartic since most of the psychological horror is aimed at him, not her. I would have preferred just more psychological torture of them, maybe him forced to watch on as his house (and equipment for spying on women) is totally ruined and set on fire or something...
...or maybe that's just my sadistic side coming out. :blink:

The only other Fruet film that I have seen is Killer Party, which has an amazing number of metafictive false beginnings but is pretty tame beyond that. Definitely interested in seeking out more Fruet this month. Search and Destroy is already in my list of things to potentially see.
I get you, sol... I mean I understand your last post as liking the film, but just employing some critical analysis towards it. :thumbsup: And I agree with all you just said here as well, right down to the rating (mine was also a solid or stronger 7 on my subjective scale).

If you're taking recs I rec Trapped (aka 'Baker County USA')... Henry Silva was great in it. Probably my 2nd fav Fruet after Death Weekend. I think it would still qualify as Canadian, despite being filmed in Georgia (USA, that is).

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 18th, 2018, 6:41 pm

Fergenaprido wrote:
December 16th, 2018, 8:34 am
psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
December 15th, 2018, 6:43 pm
Fergenaprido wrote:
December 15th, 2018, 5:08 pm
I missed this earlier... how is this a Canadian film?
Canadian director, shot entirely in Canada, and IMDb lists it as USA / Canada. Should qualify it, eh?
I don't think so. I've never heard of anyone considering this a Canadian film. Not sure why Canada is listed in imdb, the only Canadian company mentioned is "Xenolinguistics [ca] (copyright holder)", which seems to be a company created solely for this film. I'm going to remove the Canada tag from imdb. Sorry.
I'll remove it in my next post; but, unenthusiastically since it was listed as Canadian on IMDb when I watched it.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » December 18th, 2018, 9:38 pm

Thanks for hosting, Fergenaprido. December has been a slowish month so far for me film-wise but here are five to get me on the board at least.

1. 'L'initiation' / 1970, Denis Héroux / 7/10 / Canada
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2. 'Felicia's Journey' / 1999, Atom Egoyan / 8.5/10 / Canada / UK
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3. '1981' / 2009, Ricardo Trogi / 7/10 / Canada
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4. 'Walled In' / 2009, Gilles Paquet-Brenner / 8/10 / USA / France / Canada
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5. 'Roger D'Astous' / 2016, Etienne Desrosiers / 8/10 / Canada
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » December 18th, 2018, 10:06 pm

If flavo's two American documentaries are allowed, I think 'Arrival' should certainly count for 'beatnik.

Just my two cents.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 18th, 2018, 11:31 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 10:06 pm
If flavo's two American documentaries are allowed, I think 'Arrival' should certainly count for 'beatnik.

Just my two cents.
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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 18th, 2018, 11:32 pm

26. Videodrome (1983 / David Cronenberg) 9/10
27. The Dead Zone (1983 / David Cronenberg) 9+/10
28. The Fly (1986 / David Cronenberg) 9/10
29. Friday the 13th: Faith Healer (1988 / David Cronenberg) 7+/10

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1. Rock ‘N’ Roll Nightmare (1987 / John Fasano) FTV 5/10
2. Away From Her (2006 / Sarah Polley) 9/10
3. Back to God’s Country (1919 / David Hartford) FTV 8+/10
4. My Winnipeg (2007 / Guy Maddin) FTV 8+/10
5. Stories We Tell (2012 / Sarah Polley) 9/10
6. Take This Waltz (2011 / Sarah Polley) FTV 7+/10
7. The Saddest Music in the World (2003 / Guy Maddin) 7/10
8. Careful (1992 / Guy Maddin) 8/10
9. Remember (2015 / Atom Egoyan) FTV 8+/10
10. The Sweet Hereafter (1997 / Atom Egoyan) 9+/10
11. The Captive (2014 / Atom Egoyan) FTV 7+/10
12. Mommy (2014 / Xavier Dolan) FTV 9+/10
13. Warrendale (1967 / Alan King) FTV 8/10
14. Black Code (2016 / Nicholas de Pencier) FTV 7+/10
15. The Silent Partner (1978 / Daryl Duke) 9/10
16. A Christmas Story (1983 / Bob Clark) 9+/10
17. Enemy (2013 / Denis Villeneuve) FTV 8+/10
18. October Gale (2014 / Ruba Natta) FTV 7+/10
19. Shivers (1975 / David Cronenberg) 8+/10
20. Three short Canadian docos from the 1950s {total time: 69 min.}
a. The Days Before Christmas (1958) FTV 8+/10 {29 min.}
b. Artist in Montreal (1954) FTV 7/10 {30 min.}
c. The Jolifou Inn (1955) FTV 8+/10 {10 min.}
21. Rabid (1977 / David Cronenberg) 8+/10
22. Fast Company (1979 / David Cronenberg) 8+/10
23. The Brood (1979 / David Cronenberg) 8+/10
24. Scanners (1981 / David Cronenberg) 9/10
25. Damaged Lives (1933 / Edgar G. Ulmer) FTV 6/10

26. Videodrome (1983 / David Cronenberg) 9/10
27. The Dead Zone (1983 / David Cronenberg) 9+/10
28. The Fly (1986 / David Cronenberg) 9/10
29. Friday the 13th: Faith Healer (1988 / David Cronenberg) 7+/10


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Post by sol » December 19th, 2018, 2:20 am

peeptoad wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 4:41 pm
If you're taking recs I rec Trapped (aka 'Baker County USA')... Henry Silva was great in it. Probably my 2nd fav Fruet after Death Weekend. I think it would still qualify as Canadian, despite being filmed in Georgia (USA, that is).
Yes, I think there's enough evidence to consider it Canadian:

1. The trivia entry mentions dailies being rushed to Toronto
2. The movie was partially film in Toronto
3. Both the writer and director are Canadian
4. Cronenberg's right arm (Mark Irwin) is the DOP
5. The film is included on the Canuxploitation website

So yeah, expect a review from me on this thread some time in the next couple of days. :D
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Post by sol » December 19th, 2018, 2:23 am

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December 18th, 2018, 11:32 pm
29. Friday the 13th: Faith Healer (1988 / David Cronenberg) 7+/10
Dafuq? How have I never seen or heard of this before? My Canadian watchlist only grows longer every day...
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Post by 3eyes » December 19th, 2018, 3:40 am

12. Jesus Christ vampire hunter (Canada 01)
Categories: Low IMDb rating, Horror, Comedy, LGBT, Martial Arts....
Fun bad movie.

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1. The war between us (Can 95)
2. Stories we tell (Canada 12) - Triple
3. Le fantôme de l'opératrice (Can 06) - Double
4-8. Republic of Doyle (Can 10- S1, Eps 1-5)
9. Monsieur Lazhar (Can 11) - Double (Rewatch)
10. La face cachée de la lune / The far side of the moon (Canada 03)
11. Race (Can 16)
12. Jesus Christ vampire hunter (Canada 01)
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Post by sol » December 19th, 2018, 10:42 am

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)

39. Trapped (1982)

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A backwoods brutality film with some intriguing rules and ethics by which the hillbilly community abides, seeing themselves as separate from the law with right to exercise their own justice. This is thoughtfully contrasted against the youthful whims of the college student protagonists who get a real education in the way the world works outside of the classroom. The film drives this contrast home a little hard near the end and none of the students are well developed. I did really like Henry Silva's sendoff though and it is one of his less OTT performances for sure.

Thanks for rec, peeps! I think I liked this one slightly more than Death Weekend and I have also added it to my 500<400 ballot.
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Post by peeptoad » December 19th, 2018, 1:06 pm

sol wrote:
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39. Trapped (1982)

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A backwoods brutality film with some intriguing rules and ethics by which the hillbilly community abides, seeing themselves as separate from the law with right to exercise their own justice. This is thoughtfully contrasted against the youthful whims of the college student protagonists who get a real education in the way the world works outside of the classroom. The film drives this contrast home a little hard near the end and none of the students are well developed. I did really like Henry Silva's sendoff though and it is one of his less OTT performances for sure.

Thanks for rec, peeps! I think I liked this one slightly more than Death Weekend and I have also added it to my 500<400 ballot.
Rock and roll, sol... glad you liked it. :cheers:

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Post by maxwelldeux » December 19th, 2018, 6:12 pm

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1. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)
2. Reel Injun (2009)
3. Lost Heroes (2014)
4. Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010)
5. Inside Hana's Suitcase (2009)
6. The Last Gladiators (2011)
7. Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017)
8. Warrendale (1967)
9. Waiting for Fidel (1974)
10. Watermark (2013)
11. When Jews Were Funny (2013)
12. Being Canadian (2015)
13. My Millenial Life (2016)
"14. Shorts (60m):
Paul Tomkowicz: Street-railway Switchman (1954, 9m)
City of Gold (1957, 22m)
Universe (1960, 29m)"
15. Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008)
16. A Married Couple (1969)
17. Dying at Grace (2003)
18. Stories We Tell (2012)
19. The Corporation (2003)
20. The Trailer Park Boys Christmas Special (2004)
21. Indie Game: The Movie (2012)
22. The Fly (1986)
23. The Coca-Cola Case (2009)
24. Vine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca (2010)
25. Grass (1999)
26. Buying Sex (2013)

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Post by psychotronicbeatnik » December 19th, 2018, 6:56 pm

sol wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 2:23 am
psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 11:32 pm
29. Friday the 13th: Faith Healer (1988 / David Cronenberg) 7+/10
Dafuq? How have I never seen or heard of this before? My Canadian watchlist only grows longer every day...
I couldn't believe it when I first heard about it years ago either. It features Cronenberg regular, Robert Silverman in one of the leading guest roles. You may not know his name but you will certainly recognize him if you've seen a lot of Cronenberg. Not surprisingly, given who directed it, it's one of the darker episodes of this series (at least of the 13 or so eps I've seen). You can find it on YT.

I haven't forgotten the Bloody Brood, but this morning I confirmed my suspician that I had seen it before. According to an old database I watched it back in 2008 and rated it a 6/10. I don't remember much about it except that Falk was good in an otherwise unexceptional film. If I get through my Cronenberg rewatches in time I'll revisit it too, but I'm feeling a little more motivated to watch docos and Xmas films at the moment.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » December 19th, 2018, 10:42 pm

6. 'House at the End of the Street' / 2012, Mark Tonderai / 5 or 5.5/10 / Canada / USA
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7. 'Tu dors Nicole' / 2014, Stéphane Lafleur / 8.5/10 / Canada
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8. 'Break on Through' / 2017, Dustin Clark / 6.5 or 7/10 / Canada
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9. 'Sashinka' / 2017, Kristina Wagenbauer / 6/10 / Canada
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10. 'Farmlands' / 2018, Lauren Southern / 6.5/10 / Canada
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Post by sol » December 20th, 2018, 1:52 am

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)

40. The Kiss (1988)

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An incredibly fake puppet tomcat aside, this film boasts some terrific special effects and an escalator death scene (see above) is downright grisly. The project is also very well shot with lots of voyeuristic swoops, but the story leaves a lot to be desired. There is never any ambiguity if the villain here is up to no good; in fact, the opening scene blatantly spells out her plans. The film also culminates in a poolside climax so over-the-top and ridiculous that it is never actually scary. The film is well acted though and the novelty deaths are imaginative.
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Post by sol » December 20th, 2018, 1:56 am

psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 6:56 pm
sol wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 2:23 am
psychotronicbeatnik wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 11:32 pm
29. Friday the 13th: Faith Healer (1988 / David Cronenberg) 7+/10
Dafuq? How have I never seen or heard of this before? My Canadian watchlist only grows longer every day...
I couldn't believe it when I first heard about it years ago either. It features Cronenberg regular, Robert Silverman in one of the leading guest roles. You may not know his name but you will certainly recognize him if you've seen a lot of Cronenberg. Not surprisingly, given who directed it, it's one of the darker episodes of this series (at least of the 13 or so eps I've seen). You can find it on YT.

I haven't forgotten the Bloody Brood, but this morning I confirmed my suspician that I had seen it before. According to an old database I watched it back in 2008 and rated it a 6/10. I don't remember much about it except that Falk was good in an otherwise unexceptional film. If I get through my Cronenberg rewatches in time I'll revisit it too, but I'm feeling a little more motivated to watch docos and Xmas films at the moment.
Oh yes, I've found it on YT. It's more a matter of trying to find time for it with so much left to watch and only 11 days left of December. :wacko:

No sweat re: The Bloody Brood. I would rather rewatch something by Cronenberg if I was going to revisit anything this month. In fact, maybe I will...
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Post by sol » December 20th, 2018, 4:43 am

Any Which Way You CanadaShow
1. Stories We Tell (2012)
2. Being Different (1981)
3. Carry On Sergeant! (1928)
4. The Art of the Steal (2013)
5. Margaret's Museum (1995)
6. Strange Brew (1983)
7. One Week (2008)
8. Fido (2006)
9. Exotica (1994)
10. Calendar (1993)
11. Casino Jack (2010)
12. Barney's Version (2010)
13. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987)
14. It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
15. Back to God's Country. (1919)
16. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)
17. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
18. Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
19. Sins of the Fathers (1948)
20. The Bloody Brood (1959)
21. *Corpus Callosum (2002)
22. Toward Intimacy (1992)
23. Not a Love Story (1981)
24. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
25. Project Grizzly (1996)
26. Damaged Lives (1933)
27. Montreal Main (1974)
28. Memorandum (1967)
29. Upside Down (2012)
30. Track Two (1982)
31. War Witch (2012)
32. Turbo Kid (2015)
33. The Brain (1988)
34. Deranged (1974)
35. The Mask (1961)
36. Stupidity (2003)
37. Being Canadian (2015)
38. Death Weekend (1976)
39. Trapped (1982)
40. The Kiss (1988)

41. Scanners (1981) REVISION

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While the exploding heads, popping vein effects and brooding Howard Shore score are always what Scanners is destined to be remembered for, repeat viewings reveal increasing layers about humanity and what it is means to be human here. The art therapy subplot is great too (perhaps Cronenberg hinting about his own need to make films) and most surprising of all is how darkly comic the whole thing is; the "see, I told you - no fireworks" scene still cracks me up every time.
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Post by peeptoad » December 20th, 2018, 10:47 am

16. Black Christmas (1974) 9*
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1. Sur le seuil (2003) Evil Words 7
2. The Keeper (1976) 5
3. Funeral Home (1980) 7
4. Out of the Blue (1980) 8
5. The Uncanny (1977) 5
6. Crimes of the Future (1970) 5
7. The Brain (1988) 5
8. The Editor (2014) 6
9. Prom Night (1980) 5
10. The Dark (1993) 4
11. Exotica (1994) 8
12. Grave Encounters (2011) 3
13. Subconscious Cruelty (2000) 4
14. Brand Upon the Brain (2006) 7
15. Atanarjuat (2001) 8

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