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Censor Me! Truly horrifying: The Exorcist

The Exorcist, William Friedkin’s astonishingly powerful 1973 classic is one of my favourite films of all time. Unlike Reservoir Dogs, I haven’t got an amusing anecdote regarding it, nevertheless this is a film I didn’t see until 1999, when it received a 25th Anniversary cinema run in the UK. Why was that? Because, inexplicably, The Exorcist never received a video classification (although the BBFC claim, somewhat disingenuously, that it was not banned as a video nasty). Looking at it now, I find it astonishing that this intelligent, frightening and adult movie was lumped into the same category as juvenile trash by the likes of Franco, but nevertheless, The Exorcist was completely banned for most of my upbringing. As such, it had attained near mythic status as being the most frightening and extreme mainstream movie of all time, and I, quite frankly, couldn’t wait to see it in the cinema. I was not disappointed, as it was certainly the most terrifying movie I had seen on the big screen, but even as a 21  year old, I did wonder about the legitimacy of the ban.

As per usual, all citations come from the BBFC’s excellent case study, available here. This, incidentally, is a superb resource, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading a lot of these case studies for this series.

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Droid defines the Decades best movies – #9 Requiem for a Dream (2001)

Requiem for a Dream Poster Through my sheer exhaustive dedication to procrastination, my thunder has once more been stolen by Jarv’s review (found here). His is a good review, and he makes many of the same points that I was going to. So while touching on those briefly, I will try to make this a review that works alongside his one, so as not to repeat and bore you all to tears.

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Jarv’s Best of 2000-2009. Number 4: Requiem for a Dream

Any of these top 4 could have been number 1. In fact, this was (until I rewatched it a few  nights ago) pencilled in as number 1, but on reflection it’s just too damned miserable to take the top spot. Read More…

The Odyssey continues: Jarv’s best of the decade for America

Yes, I know this is late. It wasn’t my fault- honest. However,  I don’t feel bad in the slightest about keeping going.

Anyhow, on with this ultimately pointless attempt to define the top 10 of last decade. Read More…