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Review: Found Footage School Shooting Film 'The Dirties' Takes Aim And Misses

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 3, 2013 6:33 PM
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The found footage conceit, like 3D, has been mostly used as a gimmick to enhance the realism of a particular genre (mostly genre fare like horror flicks or teen comedies). The spookiness of, say, a haunted house, is amplified by the gritty, handheld textures that the format provides, offering an effective, low budget alternative to the kind of glossy Hollywood aesthetic. With "The Dirties," a new film that essentially attempts to be the "Scream" of school shooting movies, its filmmakers have tried to use the genre to get inside the head of a pair of budding psychopaths and comment on the way culture corrupts you. Or something.

Exclusive: Clip From Slamdance & Fantastic Fest Winner 'The Dirties' Targets Bullies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 10:05 AM
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"It gets better," goes the campaign to lift the spirits of those burdened by being outsiders, but what happens if you just can't make it? What if losing yourself in hobbies or spending time with your best friend just isn't enough to overcome the constant harassment and bullying? That's the central question of Matthew Johnson's rather nervy and impressive directorial debut "The Dirties." Hitting the festival circuit hard this year, the film has slowly been gaining a steady buzz, a large part due to its Grand Jury Prize and Next Wave Spotlight wins at Slamdance and Fantastic Fest. And now it's headed to a theater near you.

Exclusive: Edgy, Unnerving Red Band Trailer For Slamdance Entry 'The Dirties'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 1:44 PM
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Throught the years, the Sundance Film Festival and its more irreverant cousin, the Slamdance Film Festival have played host to no shortage of films about adolescents and high school. But we're willing to bet there are few as potentially eye-opening as "The Dirties." Set to premiere at Slamdance in a just a short while, we have the exclusive red band trailer for the film, and it's definitely worth a look.

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