The Colony

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. See You Tomorrow Everyone (UK) Satoru Watarai (Gaku Hamada) graduates from primary school with only one certainty. He plans on never leaving the “projects” where he lives. The gated community of apartment complexes also features stores, restaurants, recreation areas and more, and Satoru sees no reason to leave. As the years pass by he watches as his friends move away, he loses the love of his life, and he begins to question his physical inability to set foot outside the projects. Director Yoshihiro Nakamura is no stranger to ridiculously good cinema, and anyone who’s seen Fish Story, Golden Slumber, or A Boy & His Samurai knows that he mixes entertainment and emotion in wonderfully rare ways. His latest lacks a fantastical element or song-related hook, and instead focuses on the presumably stunted life of one man affected by a singular traumatic moment. The first half plays like a loosely melancholy comedy before a shift sets in to up the emotional stakes dramatically, and the result is an incredibly affecting look at the intersection of fate and the life we make of our own will. [Region 2 DVD extras: Introduction, interview, trailer]

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The Colony

The world is frozen, Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton are arguing about whether to go on a suicide mission, but the men of The Colony have a bigger problem: there’s only one woman. Watching the trailer for the sci-fi flick, this is the question I couldn’t get out of my head. Will they broach the prospect that after working so hard to survive, the species is going to die out because they didn’t think to bring some more women along for Cowboy Larry’s wild ride? Or will the whole thing blithely play out as all movies like this do? Probably that second one because feral people threatening to bite into your cheek makes it hard to focus on the longgame. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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The effects designer turned director has chosen another project. Where does that leave I, Frankenstein? Still available in comic form, that’s where.

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