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Many of his problems are real, and—in another clever parody of low-budget filmmaking—some are dreamed. The movie even occasionally uses black-and-white to cement its skewering of indie pretensions. One of its most memorable sequences features a just-starting-out Peter Dinklage, cast as a dwarf in the movie-movie’s dream sequence. He protests: “Have you ever had a dream with a dwarf in it? I don’t even have dreams with dwarves in them!” James Le Gros plays the egomaniacal movie star, Catherine Keener co-stars as the actress, and Dermot Mulroney as the cinematographer.

American Psycho (Shudder)

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★★★★☆

An adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s most infamous novel, American Psycho (2000) is a gruesome slasher movie and a slick black comedy at the same time. It takes place in the greedy, corporate world of the 1980s, where business cards are a fetish object and where cocaine flows as freely as money. The main character, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), gets ready for the day with facial creams and stomach crunches. He’s never seen doing any work, but he does go to the office. He is dating Evelyn (Reese Witherspoon) and sleeping with Courtney (Samantha Mathis) on the side. He occasionally hires prostitutes and listens to generic 1980s pop tunes. Oh, and he’s a serial killer.

Amazingly, the movie was made by women, co-writer and director Mary Harron and co-writer and actress Guinevere Turner, and they give it a refreshing approach; the violence is bracingly mixed with humor and shock, without fetishizing, without rubbing it in. It’s wicked, nasty fun. Chloe Sevingy is terrific as Patrick’s unknowing assistant, future Oscar-winner Jared Leto is another corporate d-bag, and Willem Dafoe is an investigator. Patrick Bateman’s younger brother Sean (played by James van der Beek) was the focus of the next Ellis adaptation, The Rules of Attraction (2002).

Hardcore Henry (Vudu)

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★★★☆☆

Director Ilya Naishuller, of the Russian indie rock band Biting Elbows, is known for making impossible-looking first-person music videos, including the astounding, ultra-violent “Bad Motherfucker,” which currently has 35 million views on YouTube. Employing this technique over the 90 minutes of Hardcore Henry (2016) is much harder, but Naishuller borrows a few ideas from first-person shooter video games (i.e. the main character has amnesia and can’t speak, so other characters speak to him and tell him what’s going on).

Our unseen hero Henry wakes up, is told he has a beautiful wife (Haley Bennett), and has been turned into a cyborg. A man named Jimmy (Sharlto Copley)—who somehow has the power to keep showing up in different disguises, even after it appears that he has been shot—seems to want to help, and a bad guy Akan (Danila Kozlovsky) seems to have telekinetic powers. Needless to say, there’s a great deal of running, jumping, falling, crashing, chasing, escaping, shooting, and a lot of other stuff, but not much in the way of character development. Nevertheless, as an exercise in pure, stripped-down style, it’s hard to get much cooler than this.

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