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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

I finally got a chance to check out the new film Get Low starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, & Bill Murray. I went back and read my trailer review afterwards, and I think the trailer did give a really good idea of what to expect. However, this film did surprise me in a lot of ways and it is probably the best movie I’ve seen in theaters since Inception. Let’s take a look. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Eric Raymer]

"10,000 degrees of Neo Full Metal Body declare war on the world!"

It’s been a while since we checked out Society in the first forgotten films article, but if you’re hungry for a little more out-of-print weirdness, read on. Tetsuo II may be just what you’re looking for.

Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man burst onto the scene in 1989 and perfectly captured the feel of the industrial music scene in its clanging soundtrack and bizarre visuals. The film was shot in high-contrast black and white, and patched together a furious stream of imagery focusing on a man’s transformation into a bizarre metal creature. The convergence of man and machine is nothing new in the world of sci-fi, but rarely is it explored so viscerally. There’s an abundance of jerky stop-motion animation and handheld shaky-cam footage that adds to the nervous energy of the film, which is additionally boosted by the fact that it seems to have been edited by someone on crack. Once it gets going, Tetsuo doesn’t slow down for one second. (more…)

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Reviewed by: Alex Miller

Kon Ichikawa, 1959 / "Kill yourself only if you have to."

Although this is technically the 2nd Criterion Collection film we have reviewed (after Videodrome), this is the first in our “Criterion Review” series. If you don’t know what the Criterion Collection is, it’s basically a company the strives to release important classic and contemporary films while giving them the highest possible treatment. Crtierion DVDs/Blurays are known for their high quality video transfers, outstanding cover art, and exclusive bonus features. Here is a complete List of the Collection. Now without further adue let’s take a look at today’s film “Fires on the Plain”!

Some people go to the movies for pure entertainment. Others go because they view film as a form of artwork that can be both deep and moving. I think film can be either one or both. This film, while entertaining to me, is dark and depressing. It is definitly art, however. This is a WWII movie from the Japanese perspective, released in 1959. It follows starving Japanese soldiers in the closing days of WWII when the only thing more scarce than food is hope. While it doesn’t try to make any political statements regarding that particular war, it is definitly an anti-war in general film. In the included interview, Director Kon Ichikawa states that he wanted to show the horrors of war at every possible opportunity. He himself was from Hiroshima, but he was away when the atomic bomb hit. He came back to see the utter destruction which he says, “no words can describe”, believing his family had been completely wiped out. Luckily he later found out that at least some of his family had managed to survive, but I think he channels this moment of total despair into the movie. (more…)

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[Author: Danny Moltrasi]

Christopher Nolan, 2010 / “If I'm going to perform Inception, then we need imagination.”

Inception arrived today among a great deal of hype and expectation. Christopher Nolan is the, at least for the average-cinema fan, the biggest name in 2000s film. Hitting the scene with Memento, and then most recently with the rebooting of the Batman franchise, Nolan has done no wrong in his career so far. After pleasing critics, Batman fans and Warner Bros., Nolan decided to take on a more personal, low-budget film as a quick break between the second and third Batman movies. Well, he missed out on the low-budget aspect, but Inception is a Nolan movie, about making a Nolan movie, and it is about as epic as it can get. (more…)