Outrage

Beyond Outrage

For those familiar with Takeshi Kitano‘s bloody, brutal Outrage, the notion of a sequel might be puzzling, as the original left only a few alive. But it turns out that not that many men are needed to cause chaos, as proven with the existence of the aptly-titled Beyond Outrage. Detective Kataoka has pulled the Sanno and Hannabishi crime families back into a sprawling gang war that results in utter mayhem. When Otomo (who survived the first movie, good for him!) wants out, the consequences are enormous and the violence is amplified; watch out for that pesky power drill as a negotiation tactic. Though it seems odd to say when power tool torture was just mentioned, the trailer is laced with black humor and has its (uncomfortable) laughs. Come on – a mobster being killed by a pitching machine after someone quips that they should get together and play baseball is pretty funny. So is the notion of a member refusing to smoke because he wants to live a long and illustrious life. Dude. Check out the bloody trailer here:

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Outrage Beyond

It’s not entirely accurate to say that Takeshi Kitano‘s Outrage played Fantastic Fest in 2010. More apt would be to say that it carved a grisly gash into our brains as we squirmed and squealed with delight. The gangster cinema auteur from the land of the rising sun returns with both figurative and literal vengeance with Outrage Beyond. It’s a safe assumption that the sequel cannot be evaluated without discussing the intimate details of the first film. Therefore for those unacquainted with Outrage, now would be a good time to go sharpen your katana, or sing karaoke. Not Journey, just saying. All clear? Ok. The corrupt police officer from Outrage, Kataoka, orchestrates a coup to try and unseat the two reigning Yakuza bosses-of-bosses. These were the two vile snakes who betrayed Otomo (“Beat” Takeshi Kitano) to his incarceration and ultimately, seemingly, his death. The coup goes south when a vital conspirator turns out to be less than trustworthy. Now, yet another struggle for power is brewing in the Japanese underworld. The situation getting desperate, only one man can possibly set all this nonsense right…but he died. Right?

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This Week in Blu-ray

This Week in Blu-ray is back with another big week of releases. This is the time of year when a lot of great fall releases, Oscar contenders new and old, and even a few summer blockbusters going for the double-dip get their more impressive debuts on the mother of all HD formats. This week we get to explore my personal favorite film of 2011, as well as some fantastic re-releases of classic films like To Kill a Mockingbird and Malcolm X. There will also be a discussion of The Thing (2011), albeit a brief one. Drive In recent interviews, director Nicolas Winding Refn has promised fans that a fully loaded edition of Drive would eventually make its way to Blu-ray, with plenty of extras, interviews and other special features. While I, like you, find that to be a nice idea, it’s also hard to overlook the urgency of getting 2011’s best film into my collection as soon as possible. And much to my surprise, this Blu-ray release is solid. Ryan Gosling is still Driver, he’s still driving fast and fighting for the girl, and he’s still punching out Christina Hendricks and stomping dudes flat in elevators in between driving scenes backed by the pulsing score of Cliff Martinez. There’s also some special treats. No, not a toothpick. Although I’d take it. This release comes complete with four featurettes, all worthy of your time, and a documentary-length interview with the film’s director. It’s an efficient package that, like the film to which it’s […]

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For those of you who haven’t heard, there’s a new film festival on the scene and its name is Action Fest! Founded by three men including Chuck Norris’ brother Aaron Norris, Action Fest is the self-proclaimed film festival with a body count. Magnolia exec Tom Quinn is also behind the scenes for the festival alongside Colin Geddes, the man responsible for the Toronto International Film Festival’s venerable Midnight Madness slate. Action Fest is a whirlwind festival held over a weekend in early April in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Movies are jam-packed back to back over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I was able to attend all day Friday and Saturday and saw 9 films in my short time there. I’ve done full reviews for Ironclad and A Lonely Place to Die which you can read here and here. For the rest of the films I saw I’ll be breaking things up into two pieces with three mini-reviews each, one for each day. You can read the first installment here. Finally, I’ll do a wrap-up piece summarizing the fest and what played and talking a little about the experience. Yes, for you math wizards that only adds up to 8 of the 9 films. I also saw Battle Royale which I’ll discuss in my wrap-up. This is what I saw on Saturday.

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Otomo is an interesting gentleman. Though a high-ranking member of a revered yakuza family, his faction often finds themselves cleaning up messes and taking on the assignments no one else wants. In many ways, they are the designated foot soldiers for every major yakuza clan in Japan. But when doubling-dealing and conniving at the highest echelon mark his own clan for death, Otomo gets a bit angry. Much like the celebrated Hulk of Marvel lore, you wouldn’t like Otomo when he’s angry…unless you happen to be sitting in the audience and not actually bearing his wrath.

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Fans of Fantastic Fest (which should include all human beings and several species of extra-terrestrials) always look forward to the wanton violence and downright weird imagery on display during the festival. On the eve of Comic-Con, in a truly wise marketing move, the freaky folks at Fantastic Fest released their first fireball toward the castle of our minds. That fireball consists of 13 films that look like a collective 24 hours of awesome. Cannes favorite Rubber and martial arts follow-up Ip Man 2 are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves fighting off rampaging arachnids with nothing more than a well placed verbal emphasis. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. This week… a naked Morena Baccarin! And more!

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Kirby Dick’s ‘Outrage,’ a documentary that outs closeted politicians, has been one of the hot titles at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Is the Crappiness of Jumper Enough to Justify Hating Fox?

A lot of movie fans hate Fox. There’s no question of that. We even know why. Now the question is whether or not that hatred is justified. Cinema Sleuth is on the case!

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