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💎BLEAK BUT BRILLIANT💎
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No Hollywood happy dappy here, just some f*cking great films.
This playlist is entirely subjective, and I’ll only include films I’ve actually watched. Having said that, I’m totally not into torture porn, or gratuitous hack n slash shite. But… If it’s on this list, I’ve watched it and think it has merit. That doesn’t mean I enjoyed them all, hahahaha… even though I did.😎

🛠 Still under construction…


Creator: Merrigan Able
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Movie: The War Zone ( 1999 )
An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.
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Movie: Into the Wild ( 2007 )
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
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Movie: The Call of the Wild ( 2007 )
A 2007 documentary film by Ron Lamothe about Christopher McCandless notable for coming to a different conclusion on McCandless's death than Sean Penn's film, Into the Wild, and Jon Krakauer's book, Into the Wild.
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Movie: The Machinist ( 2004 )
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.
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Movie: Trainspotting ( 1996 )
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
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Movie: The Road ( 2009 )
In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.
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Movie: Funny Games ( 2008 )
In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood.
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Movie: Antichrist ( 2009 )
A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
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Movie: Our Friend ( 2021 )
After receiving life-altering news, a couple finds unexpected support from their best friend, who puts his own life on hold and moves into their family home, bringing an impact much greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined
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Movie: Mysterious Skin ( 2005 )
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
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Movie: Manchester by the Sea ( 2016 )
A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
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Movie: The World to Come ( 2021 )
In upstate New York in the 1850s, Abigail begins a new year on the rural farm where she lives with her husband Dyer. As Abigail considers the year to come through her journal entries, we experience the marked contrast between her deliberate, stoic manner and her unraveling complex emotions. Spring arrives and Abigail meets Tallie, an emotionally frank and arrestingly beautiful newcomer renting a neighboring farm with her husband, Finney. The two strike up a tentative relationship, filling a void in their lives which neither knew existed.
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Movie: Gerry ( 2002 )
A friendship between two young men is tested when they go for a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them.
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Movie: A Ghost Story ( 2017 )
In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
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Movie: Light of My Life ( 2019 )
Parent and child journey through the outskirts of society a decade after a pandemic has wiped out half the world's population. As a father struggles to protect his child, their bond, and the character of humanity, is tested.
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Movie: Fish Tank ( 2009 )
Mia, an aggressive fifteen-year-old girl, lives on an Essex estate with her tarty mother, Joanne, and precocious little sister Tyler. She has been thrown out of school and is awaiting admission to a referrals unit and spends her days aimlessly. She begins an uneasy friendship with Joanne's slick boyfriend, Connor, who encourages her one interest, dancing.
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Movie: Breaking the Waves ( 1996 )
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.
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Movie: Anatomy of Hell ( 2004 )
A woman employs a gay man to spend four nights at her house to watch her when she's "unwatchable".
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Movie: The Celebration ( 1998 )
At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.
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Movie: The Homecoming ( 1977 )
In a dreary North London flat, the site of perpetual psychological warfare, a philosophy professor visits his family after a nine-year absence, and introduces the four men, father, uncle, and two brothers, to his wife.
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Movie: Funny Games ( 1998 )
Two seemingly well-educated young men, who call each other Paul and Peter among other names, approach a family on vacation. They are, apparently, friends of the neighbors, and, at the beginning, their true intentions are not known, but soon, the family is imprisoned and tortured in its own house violently, which the viewers are forced mostly to imagine and to share a certain complicity with the criminals. It might be some kind of game with the lives of husband, wife, son, and dog, but why are they doing it?
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Movie: The Vanishing ( 1988 )
Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.
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Movie: The Vanishing ( 1993 )
The boyfriend of an abducted woman never gives up the search as the abductor looks on.
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Movie: Walkabout ( 1971 )
Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.
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Movie: Irina Palm ( 2007 )
Maggie, a 60-year-old widow, desperately needs some money to pay for a medical treatment for her ill grandson, Olly. After one attempt at trying to find a job, she finds herself roaming the streets of London Soho. Her eye is caught by a small poster in the window of a shop called "Sexy World" which reads: "Hostess wanted". Too desperate and lost to realize what she does she enters. Micky, the owner, is embarrassed at first, but intrigued by Maggie, he decides to have fun and offers her the job. Her colleague, Luisa, shows her how to give a hand-job through hole in a wall (glory hole) and after the first hesitation, she quickly develops good skills. She uses Irina Palm as her stage name. However, she keeps her work secret from friends and family, which leads to uncomfortable situations. She, who applies herself in order to keep her job, fascinates Mickey.
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Movie: Solaris ( 2002 )
Grieving psychologist Chris Kelvin is sent to investigate a lonely space station orbiting the mysterious planet Solaris, where terrified crewmembers are experiencing a host of strange phenomena, including impossibly halcyon visitors that seem all too human. Once aboard, he confronts an unfathomable power that could hold the key to mankind's deepest dreams and darkest nightmares.
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Movie: Ravenous ( 1999 )
In a remote military outpost in the 19th century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.
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Movie: The Proposition ( 2005 )
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.
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Movie: The Rover ( 2014 )
Ten years after a global economic collapse, a cold-blooded drifter traverses the scorched Australian outback on a mission to track down the men who stole his last remaining possession - his car. When he crosses paths with a badly wounded member of the gang, he takes the vulnerable, naïve young man along as his unwitting accomplice.
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Movie: The Devil All the Time ( 2020 )
Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There's Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can't save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrificial blood he pours on his "prayer log." There's Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killers, who troll America's highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There's the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte's orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.
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Movie: Factory Girl ( 2007 )
Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer.
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Movie: The Panic in Needle Park ( 1971 )
Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City.
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Movie: Sid and Nancy ( 1986 )
The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.
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Movie: Animal Kingdom ( 2010 )
A seventeen-year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.
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Movie: Brimstone ( 2017 )
From the moment the new Reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows that she and her family are in great danger.
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Movie: The Paperboy ( 2012 )
A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.
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Movie: Never Grow Old ( 2019 )
A once-peaceful frontier town becomes a den of vice after vicious outlaw Dutch Albert and his gang arrive and begin gunning down their opposition. Undertaker Patrick Tate must now choose between the blood money he makes burying the murderers' victims and the threats he and his family face as the death toll continues to rise.
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Movie: Killer Joe ( 2012 )
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.
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Movie: Frailty ( 2002 )
A mysterious man arrives at the offices of an FBI agent and recounts his childhood: how his religious fanatic father received visions telling him to destroy people who were in fact "demons."
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Movie: Memento ( 2001 )
A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.
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Movie: My Own Private Idaho ( 1991 )
Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.
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Movie: Last Days ( 2005 )
A Seattle musician's life and career are reminiscent of those of Kurt Cobain.
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Movie: Drugstore Cowboy ( 1989 )
A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.
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Movie: The Sea of Trees ( 2016 )
A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.
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Movie: Elephant ( 2003 )
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.
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Movie: Sunlight Jr. ( 2015 )
A Florida couple deals with an unexpected pregnancy while holding minimum wage jobs.
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Movie: The Human Stain ( 2003 )
When a disgraced former college dean has a romance with a mysterious younger woman haunted by her dark, twisted past, he is forced to confront a shocking fact about his own life that he has kept secret for fifty years.
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Movie: Strangerland ( 2015 )
A family finds their dull life in a rural outback town rocked after their two teenage children disappear into the desert, sparking disturbing rumors of their past.
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Movie: Wolf Creek ( 2005 )
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.
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Movie: A Cry in the Dark ( 1988 )
A mother whose child was killed in a dingo attack in the Australian Outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.
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Movie: Heavenly Creatures ( 1994 )
Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.
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Movie: The Day of the Locust ( 1975 )
An art director in the 1930s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.
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Movie: Don't Look Now ( 1973 )
A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.
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Movie: Daisy Diamond ( 2007 )
A tragic story about Anna who dreams of one thing only: making it as an actress. She moves from Sweden to Copenhagen to pursue her dream. But fate has something else in store for her. Though she struggles to give her 4 month old daughter a good start in life, she ultimately fails to unite her dream of acting with a safe and loving environment for her child, culminating in a desperate act that has fatal consequences for Anna and her daughter.
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Movie: The Quiet ( 2021 )
Following the death of her father, a teenage Dot moves into the home of her godparents and their teenage daughter Nina. Dot arrives wrapped up in the silence of being deaf. She finds a different kind of silence waiting for her in her new home, for this home is a place with a dark secret involving Nina and her father. At first, Dot and Nina seem to be polar opposites. However, they gradually realize how much they have in common. Bringing them together catalyzes a series of events in which both reveal their secrets and shed their double lives. A violent consummation almost destroys them. Yet they find hope for the future in the quiet after the storm.
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Movie: White Oleander ( 2002 )
A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.
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Movie: Ripley's Game ( 2003 )
A dying family man in need of money is persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.
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Movie: The Talented Mr. Ripley ( 1999 )
In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.
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Movie: Gardens of the Night ( 2008 )
After being abducted as children, and suffering years of abuse, a teenage boy and girl find themselves living on the street.
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Movie: Eleni ( 1985 )
A mother's love for her children leads to a son's revenge for her death in this dramatic thriller beginning during the Greece civil war. The powerful cast includes Kate Nelligan, John Malkovich and Linda Hunt.
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Movie: The Glass Menagerie ( 1987 )
A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.
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Movie: A Streetcar Named Desire ( 1951 )
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
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Movie: Blue Jasmine ( 2013 )
A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love...
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Movie: Eternal Beauty ( 2020 )
This movie follows Jane (Sally Hawkins) who, after being left at the altar, had a breakdown spiralled into a chaotic episode of schizophrenia lasting twenty years in which love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide. Things change when she begins a darkly comic romance with Mike (David Thewlis), a failed musician and fellow lost soul.
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Movie: Maudie ( 2017 )
An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.
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Movie: Border ( 2018 )
A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.
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Movie: Boys Don't Cry ( 2000 )
A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.
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Movie: Million Dollar Baby ( 2005 )
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
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Movie: Doubt ( 2008 )
A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.
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Movie: Foxcatcher ( 2014 )
U.S. Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz join "Team Foxcatcher", led by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, but John's self-destructive behavior threatens to consume them all.
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Movie: Human Capital ( 2020 )
The lives of two different families collide when their children begin a relationship that leads to a tragic accident.
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Movie: The Ice Storm ( 1997 )
In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.
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Movie: Little Children ( 2006 )
The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.
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Movie: Tideland ( 2006 )
Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.
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Movie: The Passion of Darkly Noon ( 1996 )
After the death of his strictly religious parents, forlorn young Darkly gets lost in the woods. A truck driver, Jude, rescues the exhausted man, who has only a bible for comfort. He brings him to the house of Callie and Clay, two lovers who live in the forest. While Clay is away in the forest, beautiful Callie nurses Darkly back to health, and he develops an obsession with her that is totally contrary to his upbringing - a sexual obsession. When Clay returns home and Darkly sees the two lovers kiss, it is too much for him. Every night he hears them making love. Darkly's descent into madness has begun... An extremely dramatical and exciting ending!
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Movie: The Indian Runner ( 1991 )
A Vietnam vet comes home to his small town and finds himself in conflict with rules that his brother has vowed to uphold.
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Movie: The Pledge ( 2001 )
A retiring police detective pledges to catch the killer of a young child.
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Movie: Suspect Zero ( 2004 )
A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers, and one F.B.I. Agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine.
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Movie: Zodiac ( 2007 )
Between 1968 and 1983, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.
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Movie: Baby Blues ( 2008 )
On a secluded family farm, a mother suffers a psychotic break due to postpartum depression, forcing the eldest son to protect his siblings from the mother they have always known and loved.
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Movie: Monster ( 2004 )
The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted.
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Movie: The Crossing Guard ( 1995 )
Freddy Gale is a seedy jeweller who has sworn to kill the drunk driver who killed his little girl.
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Movie: At Close Range ( 1986 )
In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.
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Movie: State of Grace ( 1990 )
A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.
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Movie: 21 Grams ( 2003 )
A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.
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Movie: Seven Pounds ( 2008 )
A man with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
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Movie: Requiem for a Dream ( 2000 )
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
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Movie: Snowpiercer ( 2014 )
In a future where a failed climate change experiment has killed all life except for the survivors who boarded the Snowpiercer (a train that travels around the globe), a new class system emerges.
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Movie: Force Majeure ( 2014 )
A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.
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Movie: Virginia ( 2010 )
A sheriff sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade-long affair.
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Movie: The Killing Room ( 2009 )
Four individuals sign up for a psychological research study only to discover that they are now subjects of a brutal, classified government program.
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Movie: Kiss of the Spider Woman ( 1985 )
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.
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Movie: Midnight Express ( 1978 )
On October 6, 1970 while boarding an international flight out of Istanbul Airport, American Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is caught attempting to smuggle two kilos of hashish out of the country, the drugs strapped to his body. He is told that he will be released if he cooperates with the authorities in identifying the person who sold him the hashish. Billy's troubles really begin when after that assistance, he makes a run for it and is recaptured. He is initially sentenced to just over four years for possession, with no time for the more harsh crime of smuggling. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou (Paul L. Smith) ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Told to trust no one, Billy does befriend a few of the other inmates, namely fellow American Jimmy Booth (Randy Quaid) (in for stealing two candlesticks from a mosque), a Swede named Erich (Norbert Weisser), and one of the senior prisoners having already served seven years, an Englishman named Max (Sir John Hurt), the latter two also in for hashish-related charges. One prisoner not befriended is Rifki (Paolo Bonacelli), who wields power in the prison as the unofficial eyes and ears for the guards. As Billy, his family and his girlfriend Susan (Irene Miracle) attempt through legal and diplomatic channels for Billy's release, Max tells him that the only way out is to "catch the midnight express" (escape), which is what Jimmy is continually trying to do. When Billy's situation changes, he becomes more desperate in every sense of the word. It seems as if Billy has only two options: to let the prison ultimately figuratively then literally kill him, or to somehow regain control of his life through whatever means available.
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Movie: Sling Blade ( 1997 )
Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.
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Movie: Monster's Ball ( 2002 )
After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.
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Movie: Demon Seed ( 1977 )
A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.
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Movie: McCabe & Mrs. Miller ( 1971 )
A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.
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Movie: Kids ( 1995 )
A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking and deflowering virgins.
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Movie: The Mosquito Coast ( 1986 )
An inventor spurns his city life to move his family into the jungles of Central America to make a utopia.
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Movie: Daniel ( 1984 )
Daniel Isaacson attempts to determine the true complicity of his parents Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed for espionage in the 1950s.