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Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (NR)
Criterion Collection
We, as a society, are so quick to identify anything we disagree with as fascist. Whether it is our parents, our boss or our president, we'll scream it out in broad defiance in order to get our point across. Too bad too many people don't even know what the word means. Want a real refresher course? Check out the Italian classic Salo, and never misuse "fascist" again. The most controversial work from Pier Paolo Pasolini (he was murdered just before its release), Salo is a mixture of the Marquis de Sade novel of the same name and Dante's Inferno; a group of deviant fascists in Nazi-occupied Italy torture and degrade a group of youths simply because they have the power to do so. It's an ultimately audience-dividing, wholly shocking masterpiece that's one of the most politically important films of all time. Louis Fowler


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The Wizard of Gore (R)
Dimension Extreme
Based on H.G. Lewis' classic 1970 film of the same name, The Wizard of Gore from director Jeremy Kasten is, sadly, only magical enough to make your interest disappear. Tired of the usual alt-sex circus parties and whatnot, a bland reporter with a penchant for huffing winds up at a performance by underground magician Montag the Magnificent. Now, Montag's act consists of him ripping the guts out of a random Suicide Girl. (It's not that much of a think piece.) Too bad it's so confusing Wizard desperately wants to be a David Lynch film that by the last half-hour you're too bored to really care. The lone saving grace is Crispin Glover as Montag, but it's really nothing more than a glorified cameo, with much of his best stuff winding up on the cutting-room floor. Louis Fowler


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Games Girls Play (R)
Dark Sky Films
The DVD revolution has been incredible for the outr film fan. The most obscure, insane and outright bizarre oddities are being released left and right, with companies searching film vaults worldwide for the next big cult hit. Some are incredible finds, some are out to make a quick buck, and then you have films like Games Girls Play. It's a saucy sex-comedy, watchable but fairly mediocre. Bunny O'Hara infiltrates the government by being a nubile, buxom lass who seduces anyone with power. Yes, this is one of those '70s political satires, which, when low-budget, often lacked laughs but made up for it with skin. This example is directed by legendary Jack Arnold, who must've been down on his luck. The soundtrack, however, is full of swingin' organ-driven Brit-rock that is delightfully catchy. Louis Fowler
  • Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom; The Wizard of Gore; Games Girls Play

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