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American Mary Review


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With a gleefully revolting tone, this Canadian thriller is a strange combination of sleekly beautiful visuals and a grotesque plot involving murder and torture. Fans of grisly black humour will love it, although the plot doesn't quite come together as various elements of the story are left hanging along the way. But it's notable for its exploration of the body-modification subculture, and for putting a female into the lead role as a woman who exacts horrible revenge on the men who abuse her.

The Mary of the title is a gifted surgical student (Isabelle) who is struggling to pay her bills, so decides to take a job in a strip club (it helps that she's seriously fit). But during her interview with the owner Billy (Cupo), she is asked to do some illicit surgery in a back room. And when word gets out, a dancer (Risk) hires her to perform a bit of extreme body modification. Mary's reputation quickly spreads around this fetish subculture, and her financial worries are over. This also gives her an idea about how to get revenge against her vile, sexist medical school professors (Lovgren and St Thomas).

For such a grisly story, the film shies away from most of the graphic detail, only giving us tantalising hints about the various operations Mary performs to alter people's bodies in rather freaky ways. So the mere idea of what she's doing is enough to make our stomachs turn. Strangely, the directors (who appear in the film as body-modified twins) also shy away from any real display of drama or sex, leaving key sequences feeling incomplete and intriguing characters, situations and storylines unresolved. This approach adds to the overall mystery but leaves gaping plot holes throughout the movie.

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Rollercoaster Review


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At a certain unnamed Six Flags, somewhere in the country, I once had a girlfriend. She worked at the giant teepee at Frontier Land. When we first met, we ended up talking for something close to four hours, during which time the subject of the conversation inevitably turned to work, and she explained a certain ritual called the Swimsuit Relay. The Swimsuit Relay takes place in the diving pool, and occurs as part of a series of pre-park-opening events during the last days of the season.

Recalling the rules from memory, each team has 20 people on it, 10 of each sex. There is one female's one-piece to a team. It starts on one girl, who swims to the opposite side, places it on a boy, who then swims back and places the suit on the next girl.

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American Mary Movie Review

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