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“How splendicious!” - Vivian Vadim (Erica Prior)
An exhaustive distillation of the early aughts CD-ROM disk mag aesthetic, complete with artist and song credits that fade up in the lower left of the screen. An ode to commercialism. A blatant, self-referential ‘sex sells’ advertisement.
Also: impromptu cage fights; sassy lesbian limo drivers; yacht parties; vicarious arousal by way of online portals; a snobby burger fetishist; a fashion first approach to filmmaking; a frankly abnormal amount of rabbits, for some reason; precognition, but limited to bedroom ventures; moped jewel thieves; and so, so, so much more.
Michelle: "Do you live alone?"
Mark: "Everybody lives alone."
Quite possibly the greatest, least discussed, and nearly forgotten film about Los Angeles and its beautifully, tragically endemic culture of twenty-somethings who have abandoned family, friends, and the comforts of home in pursuit of big city dreams. It is a reality that everybody secretly recognizes, but that few would ever openly admit to one another. Life in LA is frequently difficult, at times it is utterly unmanageable, and by default requires…
His wings are armor. His sword is the sun.
I didn’t even know this existed until I found a DVD copy in a local thrift store for $1.00. Plus, I discovered once I returned home that the copy in question randomly had a UMD of GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995) in the spot where you would normally find an insert or booklet. Weird bonus!
Kind of love how little time and/or energy this expends on worrying about explaining any of its…
Pros: copious bloodshed, inventive camerawork, an androgynous villain.
Cons: crummy-looking CGI, weak performances, over two-hour runtime.
Mainly watched this because it's one of few films by Kitamura I hadn't seen. Still chasing the incredible high that was VERSUS (2000), but doubt it's to be found in any of the remaining unseen titles. That's OK. Even the equally stylish and supernatural, but more melodramatic, fare such as LONGINUS and SKY HIGH are operating on a level unlikely to be appreciated on a first watch (even by me). Cautiously curious about the more recent stateside productions, but not LUPIN.
Forget PUNISHER: WAR ZONE. Goldblatt made an 80s action masterpiece.
10 reasons why you should stop everything and watch THE PUNISHER now:
1. Dolph Lundgren (!) as Frank Castle / The Punisher.
2. Jeroen Krabbe (!) as the new don of the Italian mafia.
3. Explosions. Lots of 'em. Explosions within explosions.
4. Scuba-Ninjas. Yes, you read that correctly. Certified!
5. A deadly woman who crucifies a man with her earrings.
6. A vision of Castle as a broken, fragile,…