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Curdled Review


Terrible
Who says death can't be funny? I mean, aside from the immediate knee-jerk reaction of personally witnessing a decapitation or some other horrific method of dispatch, it's a pretty fair bet that culturally we can find individual X's demise a funny thing. In dark comedies it's almost always the ultimate form of irony (or a classic example of Murphy's Law). It's even become chic to make movies founded and marketed almost entirely on the phrase "what a way to go" (Final Destination and its sequel spring to mind). Let's face it - we're morbid little schmucks. But even if you like dark comedies per se, you probably will get no more than a few sardonic smirks out of this movie.

There's a formula for good dark comedies, and somehow the cast and crew of Curdled screws up this formula entirely. Instead of being cool and quietly ironic, Curdled is the attention whore of dark comedies, begging for loving by acting out in dumb ways and being blatantly over the top.

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Pariah Review


OK
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, American History X should feel flattered indeed over Pariah's gushing homage. (Honorable mention should also go to Romper Stomper.)

An ultra-low budget story of white supremacy groups in L.A., we are treated to the story of Steve (Jones), a white guy who is jumped in a parking lot by a group of skinheads who then rape his black girlfriend, making him watch. She kills herself, so Steve steels himself to infiltrate the skinhead group and exact revenge.

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