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My Top Ten Most Disturbing Movies:

10. August Underground’s Mordum (2003)

“Two friends bring along a newcomer to go on a killing spree.“

9. Compliance (2012)

“When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no-one is left unharmed. Based on true events.“

8. Deadgirl (2008)

“Two high school boys discover an imprisoned woman in an abandoned mental asylum who cannot die.“

7. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

“A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area’s local cannibal tribes.“

6. A Serbian Film (2010)

“An aging porn star agrees to participate in an “art film” in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.“

5. Salò or 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

“Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to a hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.“

4. The Snowtown Murders or Snowtown (2011)

“Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother’s new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.“

3. The Girl Next Door (2007)

“Based on the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, The Girl Next Door follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt…and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.“

2. Irreversible (2002)

“Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.“

1. Martyrs (2008)

“A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.“

World War II was never about bring down the Nazis because they were committing genocide. Even when the world knew about the Holocaust they did little or nothing at all to save the victims. So Inglourious Basterds has a really special place in my heart. It’s clearly and deliberately historically inaccurate in certain respects (Hitler obviously didn’t get machine-gunned to death, the Nazi high command didn’t die at a movie premiere), but those intentional anachronisms are a way to recreate history to allow Jews of today a cathartic way to see themselves taking down the Third Reich. The Basterds are specifically made up of Jewish soldiers, and the woman who blew them all to hell was a Jew exacting revenge on the fascists who killed her family.

In essence, the movie is “what if Jews had been directly responsible for killing the Nazi high command?” instead of “the Jews were victims, freed by the Allies.” Because the Allied Powers were not predominantly concerned with stopping the Holocaust, or with the plight of European Jews. Inglourious Basterds doesn’t mince words: Nazis are evil sons of bitches who deserve to be murdered brutally, and the genocide of Jews is what defined who they were.

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This is the first trailer for Denial, which stars Rachel Weisz as Jewish Historian Deborah Lipstadt who was sued for libel for calling Holocaust denier David Irving a liar in her book. Given the growth of antisemitism and Holocaust denial in recent years, this movie is desperately necessary. 

As a side note, I’m glad that Weisz is playing the part of Lipstadt given that she, like Lipstadt, is Jewish.

Denial

So this movie is coming out this week. It’s basically about how the American court system differs from the rest of the world in that an accused is innocent until proven otherwise. But for a professor who’s being tried in a British court for defaming a holocaust denier, she has to prove it happened without use of testimony from survivors. It’s like proving the world isn’t flat.

Based on real events that happened not even 20 years ago. The trial dialogue is verbatim from real life. It’s really powerful and I’m sad there is little promotion for a film about free speech and legal persecution.

I want a Bechdel test for Jewish characters in anything where their Jewishness is more than saying their Jewish, or name dropping Chanukah, or y’know the Holocaust in general? If it’s a Holocaust movie it passes if they have a personality beyond being sad and Jewish and probably dying (I would say it passes if they are the focus and not their non-Jewish counterparts but than I think we just have Sophie’s Choice and Defiance so :/ )

Like even Fassbender’s Magneto whose Jewishness is discussed I guess…his one happy childhood memory is Chanukah candles?? I get that it’s recognizable iconography but can we dig a little deeper for once?

Give me a Jewish character wearing a god damn yarmulke. Maybe one with a mezuzah on their door. How about one who has to bring up Kosher because trust me if you are eating out with goys IT COMES UP. I worked in food service at a cafeteria and then at a bakery/cafe chain and I still had to educate people about what kosher was. DO THE BAR OR BAT MITZVAH THING ITS EASY AND ANY OBSERVANT JEW HAS ONE. (Paris Gellar from GIlmore Girls and the Harold from Hey Arnold pass for this)

Maybe one who references one of our 30 OTHER HOLIDAYS LIKE WE GOT BUNCHES OF THEM. (All of Rugrats passes for giving me a PESACH SPECIAL when I want to get festive for Passover it’s either this or Prince of Egypt those are literally my only good options)(Also West Wing…West Wing is very good for Jews there’s two of them and they are INTERESTING AND HAVE DIFFERENT OPINIONS, one’s religiously observant and the other isn’t and they don’t conveniently forget their Jewish during a Christmas episode??!?!)

Anything with Woody Allen fails because no thanks, Hashem take him and his dumb movies back. Glee obviously fails. Community fails, and I am on the fence about X-men since both iterations of Magneto drop the Jew thing after the first movie. (Oh I’m sorry I forgot Apocalypse brought him to AUSCHWITZ FOR THE WORST SCENE IN CINEMATIC HISTORY. No points for that one X-Men)

Idk what we would call it the Oy Vey test?

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if jews control the media then why do we have so few meaningful stories about our struggles outside of holocaust movies? if jews control the media then why are our hate crimes under-reported? if jews control the media then why are people able to publish books making golems just generally run of the mill fantasy? if jews control the media then why does the media not care about our struggles and culture?

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Schindler’s List (1993)

Director - Steven Spielberg, Cinematography - Janusz Kamiński

“It’s Hebrew, it’s from the Talmud. It says, “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” Itzhak Stern

One of the greatest movies I’ve ever seen, it tells the story of the man Oskar Schindler who during the second world war in a bid to make riches by using Jews as labour realises that by keeping his factory open he is saving hundreds of innocent lives.