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    Best Movie Posters of 2014 Part Two

    In my opinion a great movie poster has to grab my attention without the presence of a major hollywood star or other credits that appear on the sheet. The best movie posters of all time, feature an iconic image that has been burned onto the public consciousness so that any film fan who sees the […] More

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    ‘Why Don’t You Play in Hell?’ is an instant cult classic

    While audiences and critics are still debating the unbridled ambition of Nolan’s Interstellar, an equally-madcap film (finally) makes its way into North American theaters this weekend. Japanese auteur, Shion Sono, unleashes his demented ode to cinema, Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, which might be the most uncanny take on filmmaking since The Player. Armed with inspired gags, impassioned characters and enough blood squibs to drown Tarantino, Sono delivers a visual feast that’s destined to be a cult classic. More

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    ‘Why Don’t You Play In Hell’ will make you believe in the movie Gods

    In this outrageous action opus from writer/director Sion Sono, an ambitious young film director Hirata (Hiroki Hasegawa) gets caught in the middle of a bloody Yakuza war sparked by the vengeful wife of a powerful crime boss who is sent to prison after massacring several of her husband’s rivals. The plot is so convoluted, your head will spin when trying to piece it all together. In short, it bounces back and forth between Mitsuko (Fumi Nakaido), a former child star and the daughter of the kingpin, and a group of independent, but talented guerrilla filmmakers who call themselves the FUCK Bombers. Mitsuko’s father, one of her biggest fans, wants to satisfy her dream of becoming a movie star before his wife is released from prison. Ten years after the young rebel filmmaker Hirata makes a prayer to the Movie God, his wish is finally answered when The FUCK Bombers are offered a chance of a lifetime to shoot an epic 35mm samurai/yakuza feature film starring Mitsuko. The F*** Bombers convince the Muto and Ikegama clans to settle their differences on camera. The two rival groups of gangsters agree and volunteer to be both the film crew and the extras. The film – and the film within a film’s climax — is a prolonged and elaborate bloodbath in which the men slaughter one another on camera for the benefit of a group of struggling filmmakers. More

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    FNC 2013: ‘Why Don’t You Play In Hell’ will make you believe in the movie Gods

    In this outrageous action opus from writer/director Sion Sono, an ambitious young film director Hirata (Hiroki Hasegawa) gets caught in the middle of a bloody Yakuza war sparked by the vengeful wife of a powerful crime boss who is sent to prison after massacring several of her husband’s rivals. The plot is so convoluted, your head will spin when trying to piece it all together. In short, it bounces back and forth between Mitsuko (Fumi Nakaido), a former child star and the daughter of the kingpin, and a group of independent, but talented guerrilla filmmakers who call themselves the FUCK Bombers. More

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    Fantastic Fest 2013: My Top Five of the Fest and Wrap-Up

    A few days ago, I’d never been to an Alamo Drafthouse location, whereas I’ve now spent hours upon hours inside of one. I was in comically close proximity to roughly 2,000 people over the last week, the same 2,000 people. I had to not get even remotely awestruck when I walked into the men’s bathroom […] More

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    Fantastic Fest 2013: The Award Winners Have Been Announced

    I’ve returned from Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, but the festival keeps on running until the end of the day tomorrow, September 26. And, like any self-respecting festival, there have been awards announced for various films and the people involved in their creation. The only award I can say I had even a slight hand […] More

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    Fantastic Fest 2013, Day Five Report: So Long, Farewell

    Somehow, I survived my six-movie day yesterday at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. My mind was amazed to have held firm throughout the day, but my body was basically operating on fumes if today was any indication. I stayed alert and awake through the four films I watched, but there were a couple of moments […] More

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    TIFF announces its 2013 festival award winners

    The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most high-profile events on the festival circuit, with numerous anticipated films making their World and North American debut in the festival’s 10 days. Thus, the awards given out at the festival are often seen as an early indicator of critical favourites, with movies such as Slumdog […] More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘Why Don’t You Play In Hell?’ a playful, carnage-strewn valentine to Asian cinema

    It can be fascinating to see how different parts of the global film community plug into the playpen of cinema history, deconstructing genres and clichés and pulverizing storytelling platitudes that are the trademarks of lowest common denominator product. Sion Sono bullies his way into this arena with his new film culled from a long established script. It’s a playful and carnage-strewn valentine to Asian cinema contortions, in his extremely funny and acutely observed Why Don’t You Play In Hell?. More