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Review of Ginger Snaps

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Ginger Snaps posterRating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Review

Ginger Snaps follows two sisters who fight but love each other, and are just on the break of dating boys and having to enter into the big wide world of being a young woman. Indeed, it sounds straight from the bowels of the Disney Channel, yet Ginger Snaps makes the tiresome cliches of teen romance and sisterhood sort of enthralling and fresh. Oh, of course the fact that they transform into werewolves helps as well. Ginger Snaps says a lot about womanhood, and though it doesn’t have the aggressive flair of typical horror films, it is violent and gruesome in many situations, and surprisingly thrilling. Ginger Snaps can largely be ignored on its premise, but viewers and cult fans alike may find something to grab onto.

Reason to Watch

Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle are gorgeous, but they also turn into terrible monster werewolves, and wreck havoc. It’s excellent! Sort of reminiscent of Salma Hayek in Dusk Till Dawn when she transformed into a werewofl and bit that guys face off.

Context

Ginger Snaps is an endearing tale of two sisters, but it is also a violently gruesome action adventure film, so it’s essentially the best of both worlds for those first date nights.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • Ginger: Do you think I want to do back to being nobody? You’re fucked! 
  • Ginger: [to Brigitte] A girl can only be a slut, a bitch, a tease, or the virgin next door. 
  • Ginger: You swore we’d go together, one way or another. 
    Brigitte: When we were eight. 
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

Understand that the girls are young and will make poor decisions. You may find yourself throwing stuff at the television in frustration, sort of like the ending of Lost.

Trivia

Although Katharine Isabelle is supposed to be playing Emily Perkins’ older sister, she is actually five years younger than Emily in real life. 

The production searched for sixth months to find the right actresses for the roles of Ginger and Brigitte, but were having no luck. Ironically after such a long casting processKatharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins auditioned on the same day and landed both roles. 

The opening shots of the girls fake suicides had to be shot on location at an actual home. Someone would have to distract the home owner’s four year old child whenever the actresses, who would be covered by fake gore, would have to come inside to change. 

Educational Content

Menstruation is a bitch for guys and especially girls

Being 12 does not give you the right to wiled a handgun or be a brat

Justification for Rating

The fact that Ginger Snaps really catches you off guard is truly something in film. It holds little back, and really wraps the story comfortably around two fantastic lead actresses who are believable as flawed and confused sisters.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYWd8HmoZPA

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Documentary

A Review of Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies

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Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Documentaries can be boring. I mean let’s be honest. if you managed to stay awake during the entirety of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth you have a sleeping disorder. The environment is just brutally boring. But not all documentaries fall into the trap of too much info, not enough explosions. Hated  is primarily about GG Allin and his group, The Murder Junkies. The documentary chronicles GG through his punk rock days where he defecated on stage, bashed his head against walls, and did drugs almost to the point of self-satire. The film is also entirely engrossing through every moment, and the cult status of the group, as well as the film, is sustained splendidly.

Reason to Watch

Lots of male genitalia is probably NOT a reason to watch, but the unrestrained insanity of the group is enthralling. It’s also worth watching for a glimpse into the ideologies of punk rock through the lens of a man who is absolutely out of his bloody mind.

Context

The Murder Junkies made terrible music, and their fans were probably all retarded (no offense, it is what it is). But Hated really does chronicle something special. A small relatively known insane man can, with enough craziness, ascend his own meaning. We’re not quite sure what amount of GG Allin was show and what was literal belief, but the event is so encapsulating it’s worth viewing for that view into something so bizarre and foreign.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • Allin: I’ve had women who move to the towns I’m living in, just pack up and move there, never even met ’em before, ’cause they heard I lived there.
  • Allin: Rock’n’roll has to be destroyed and rebuilt in my name if it’s ever gonna accomplish anything
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

A case of beer. Two cases. a high tolerance of chubby man penis and feces. A love of punk rock doesn’t hurt, or at least a love for watching crazy people get crazier.

Trivia
  • GG Allin showed up at the initial screening of the film, but threw a bottle and was kicked out
  • The film contains a quick shot of his corpse, and filming was done at his funeral, included in the final picture
Educational Content

If the Sex Pistols didn’t teach you that you can fail miserably in music and succeed in some fashion, GG Allin won’t either. If you are going to kill yourself, and you tell everyone you are, and you don’t, you will come across as a pansy regardless even though the idea is stupid.

Also, drugs are bad, mmkay, but South Park should have already taught you that.

Justification for Rating

Hated may be interesting and intriguing, but it really doesn’t have any substance. It’s like the documentary/punk rock version of a summer blockbuster- there are lots of things are happening and being said, but it’s still inherently dumb and always will be.

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Drama

Review of Happiness

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Happiness DVD CoverRating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Review

Unlike many cult films that have that status because they’re just flat-out terrible, Happiness is legitimately engrossing. It touches on a slew of untouchable topics, including childhood rape, empty sex, suicide, and just about any other topic that could disturb and shock in a meaningful way. The success of Happiness comes from how director Todd Solondz collects these ideas into a cohesive and intriguing plot line, without it coming across as shocking for the sake of shock.

Reason to Watch

Happiness has a few key scenes that take it from a good movie to an existential borderline-life changing film. One in particular comes to mind that is so outrageous and yet so touching, it deserves a watch just for it.

Context

The film tries something new. It balances the offensive with the message so well, a position many films have failed at. The content of the film puts it in cult status be default, but the amount of substantial interest her is actually quite riveting. All the actors seem believable in these offensive scenarios, giving them a grim reality that is rarely touched upon in film.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • Helen Jordan: Y’know, people are always putting New Jersey down. None of my friends can believe I live here. But that’s because they don’t get it: I’m living in a state of irony. 
  • Trish: How come no matter how much you treat me like shit, I can’t help loving you even more? 
  • Helen Jordan: If only I had been raped as a child! *Then* I would know authenticity! 
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

You need to hide your depressants, lock them up, throw away the key. Find a place where you can be blissfully happy to counter the overbearing weight of sadness you’ll probably feel after completing this film.

Trivia
  • noted as one of the 25 most dangerous films by Premiere
Educational Content

Calling girls on the phone for sexual pleasure can get you in trouble. Raping your own son is tacky.

Justification for Rating

Unlike many films that are noted for their awfulness, Happiness manages to do a lot of what many cult films fail to capture. the embodied spirit of the sad and depraved has never been held in a more intriguing light. It’s brilliantly paced and is an exercise in open-mindedness and understanding.

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDLnwS8JE2k

Action

Review of Battle Royale

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Battle Royale PosterRating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Review

Battle Royale is quite a movie. Set in a dystopian future, 42 students are collected onto an island and forced to kill each other until one remains. that one “wins,” and survives. This is a televised event called Battle Royale, and happens yearly. Here is the premise, and the plot barely goes beyond that. Every teenage archetype is accounted for- nerd, jock, slut, main boring protagonist. The film is certainly Japanese and has that prototypical vibe, but it does a lot more than that through its use of messages and thematic elements. Battle Royale is violent and gruesome, and the characters are paper thin, but for those who want a message, it;s there. For those who want to see young Japanese girls killing kids with scythes, that’s here for you as well.

Reason to Watch

Young attractive Japanese schoolgirls stab, main, and murder each other, so, like, there’s that.

Context

for those who can look beyond the punishingly merciless premise, they will come to find a tragic and thought-provoking tale of the young put into a position that is, quite literally, life or death. It represents a wholly satisfying take on survivalism, and holds nothing back in its delivery and execution.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • Kyouichi Motobuchi: If I survive, can I go home? 
    Teacher Kitano: Yes, but only if everyone else is dead. 
  • Chigusa: Shouldn’t you be worried about your life, instead of that useless micropenis of yours?
  • Mitsuko: This is my weapon. I thought it was so-so, but actually, it’s not so bad. Found Yoshimi and Kuramoto dead next door – strung up all cozy together. Not my scene! I’ll never die like THAT! 
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

The realization that this has subtitles, so you idiots out there who hate reading no matter the cost, go watch your crappy non-subtitled film. It’s probably worth noting that the dialogue is awfully silly, but then again, it is Japanese.

Trivia
  • Battle Royale is based on a novel, which also has a different ending than the film
  • Quentin Tarantino, famed director of Pulp Fiction and those overrated trite Kill Bill films states Battle Royale is one of his favorite films ever
  •  The 15 volume manga, Battle Royale, began serialization in America in 2003, before the DVD release of the film in the States
  • A film sequel released  independent to the film and novel. It was critically panned
  • Battle Royale released almost a full decade before “The Hunger Games” so before you speak, know your stuff
Educational Content

if you kill yourself, you die. If you ask for help, you die. if you team up with friends, they will kill you. Pots and pans are weaker than guns, and woman become crazy after wielding a scythe. there is also a master computer hacker in every 9th grade class.

Justification for Rating

Below all the unadulterated blistering violence, cheesy dialogue, and controversial bannings, lies a film that says far more than one would ever expect. Battle Royale just WORKS. It works beyond the “so bad it’s good” and it works despite the contrived dialogue. The pure insanity and premise is so intriguing and original at its time, it instantly classifies as a classic horror/action film among the peak of quality.

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Horror

Review of Night of the Living Dead

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Night of the Living DeadRating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Night of the Living Dead originated the zombie craze, and George Romero is more than responsible. It’s not cheery, it’s not happy, and the ending is painfully immediate. Though there were attempts to remake and re colorize and revisit this film over the ages (basically they molested it), the original disturbing charm of the original is where it is at. The film follows a closely-knit small group of stragglers who fight amongst themselves in a zombie apocalypse. They are isolated, alone, and still manage to bicker about nonsense. As you can see, the film created zombie staples that remain to this day.

Reason to Watch

Well, this first zombie film in the …Of the Dead has dated the absolute worst of them all, so for that, it’s required viewing.

Context

For it’s time, the film was intensely horrifying. Even a few murders scenes were still quite shocking for modern viewing, especially putting it in the context of the era. But really, it’s a black and white horror/zombie flick from George Romero, and the pure insanity and low-budgetry of it is impressive. It holds up terribly over time, but that’s key to a great cult film.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • Tom: Well… the television said that’s the right thing to do. 
  • Sheriff McClelland: Good shot! OK, he’s dead; let’s go get ‘im. That’s another one for the fire. 
  • Field Reporter: Are they slow-moving, chief? 
    Sheriff McClelland: Yeah, they’re dead. They’re all messed up. 
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

Your very own zombie coloring book, so you can try to add some color to this lifeless movie.

Trivia
  • Night of the Living Dead is free domain, meaning it is essentially for public use. The original studio neglected to place a copyright, apparently thinking it wasn’t worth the $15
  • the film is available free for viewing just about everywhere
  • The majority of the film was just sort of improvised, coming up with genius lines like “There is no Sunday school picnic!”
Educational Content

You thought zombies were slow? There even slower. Wait. Slloooower. Their basically crawling, their babies. Never go to the cellar in a zombie apocalypse, and killing children is okay if they are out to eat your limbs.

Justification for Rating

The film deserves to stand right in the middle, as it is iconic in creating many zombie film staples, but it has also aged teribly. Though some people like that style, and that is okay to. basically, Night of the Living Dead was supposed to be serious and anything but satire, and the effects and film making made it just the opposite. And now over 40 years later, it’s got this weird mix of serious/stupid, and we still don’t really know what it’s supposed to be.

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