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  1. Jason Panella

    Kill List

    Kill List writer/director Ben Wheatley just had a movie premiere at TIFF (Sightseers), so I thought I'd bring this, his previous film, up. Just watched it, and I'm still trying to formulate some thoughts for a review. Has anyone seen it? The movie follows two British ex-soldiers/hitmen (Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley) as they pick off the targets of the titular list. What starts off as a pitch-black crime film/domestic drama mash up adds another element into the mix, but it's hard to discuss it really without spoilers. Basically, the movie goes into full-tilt Wicker Man mode by the end. I didn't love the movie, but man is it effective. It's unsettling on a number of levels — the violence, for one, is unflinchingly brutal, including one scene I actually had to turn away from for a bit. But where it really gets under the skin is when the line between mundane and surreal becomes more and more blurred. There's some really normal stuff in the movie that becomes really eerie in the context. Two scenes involve the simple act of waving hello, and both are pretty chilling. The sound work is top-notch, too, and vital to the sense of dread that creeps more and more into the movie.
  2. J.A.A. Purves

    High-Rise (2015)

    (A&F link to Kill List (2011).) Based on the 1975 novel by J.G. Ballard.