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Begotten back to product details

Pretentious, intellectually elitist masturbation.
written by AMacEwen5 May 2, 2013 - 5:16 PM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The fact that Susan Sontag praised this film is all one needs to know to steer clear of it, for prententious, even risible, intellectually elitist masturbation is what it is. It so desperately hopes to be more than just a slice of shock cinema you can't help but feel sorry for it. The other customer review would have you think otherwise, as if visual intensity and shock are mutually separate things. If you choose to waste a rental slot on this steaming pile, you'll regret it. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Blair Witch, written by Nietzsche
written by IWhitney December 4, 2003 - 6:36 AM PST
10 out of 11 members found this review helpful
Scars change our physical appearance forever. Mental scars, however, change the appearance of the world. Begotten may be one of the most mentally scarring movies I've ever seen, and my view of film will never be the same.

It's graphically violent and sexual, and contains a couple of scenes that made my stomach churn; but it's impact doesn't come from shock, it comes from its visual intensity. Shot mostly in a super-high-contrast black & white, using a variety of film-altering techniques (the DVD claims it could take up to 10 hours to process a single minute of film) the entire movie forces your eyes to work, straining to make pictures and meaning out of this overtly symbolic, dialogless, deeply freakish film.


(Average 5.39)
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