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Friday the 13th (2009)

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Friday the 13th does a better job of assaulting its audience than in scaring it. Instead of creating moments of suspense, the film uses quick, fast and cheap frights to jostle its audience temporarily out of their seats. The villain, Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears), leaps out from the shadows accompanied by a loud noise, executing a quick sensory attack on the audience.

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Ordet (1955)

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Ordet is an adaptation of a 1932 play of the same name by Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer (most well known for The Passion of Joan of Arc). Set in the small religious farming community in West Jutland, Denmark, the film explores this religious conflict within the community, specifically the one involving the Borgen Farm.

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Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

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When it comes to editing we can pretty much trace back a majority of modern techniques to Soviet Union filmmakers. Crazy Russian minds like Sergi Eisenstein and Vsevolod Pudovkin crafted all kinds of montage theories both in films and in academic papers. But if you want the actual practical techniques for editing, look to Dziga Vertov–the third key Soviet silent filmmaker–and his documentary Man with a Movie Camera.

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Somers Town (2009)

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British Director Shane Meadows is perhaps most well known for his critically acclaimed 2007 film This is England which I thought was mean spirited, crass and illogical. In fact, I didn’t even bother to finish it despite making it a good way into the film. So when I started up Shane Meadows follow-up to This is England I did so with little enthusiasm. I expected something with the same tone as his previous film so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Somers Town to be a nice little buddy film.

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Primer (2004)

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SPOILER ALERT: I strongly advise you watch the film first before reading further.  (It’s on Netflix instant for those who subscribe)

Primer is one of those true indie movies, made for such a ridiculously small amount of money that all that is on display is the quality of the filmmaking and screenwriting.  The man behind it is Shane Carruth, who not only wrote, produced, acted and directed the film but also edited and scored the picture. For a meager $7,000 Shane crafts a simple, mind puzzling, time traveling picture that packs in more depth and geekery in its 77 minute runtime than many a sci-fi picture.