Why Don’t You Play In Hell?

Interstellar Tunnel

If you try to watch every single movie on this list, you’ll end up spending more than two full days inside your local movie theater. Challenge accepted? Good. The potential of this month is so unbelievable that even if only half of these must-seeable flicks fulfills that promise, it’ll still be one for your diary. Plus, the variety is fantastic — offering, no cliche, something for everyone. And since there’s so much here to cheer for, I’ve decided to limit each explanation to only five words. Challenge two accepted. Let’s not waste any more time. You’ve got a lot of movies to get to.

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Why Don

With digital quickly overtaking 35mm film as the dominant acquisition and distribution format for major motion pictures, it’s no surprise that filmmakers would be moved to reminisce about the magic of film. Martin Scorsese dipped his foot in both pools with his digitally-shot 3D film Hugo, which showcased the artistry of early film pioneer George Melies. And Holy Motors, from French director Leos Carax, touched on the emotion and communal experience of cinema among a plethora of other themes. So it seems only natural that Sion Sono‘s latest film, Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, unfolds like a love letter to the format with which we all first fell in love. The Fuck Bombers are the best damn cinema club in all of Japan and they are going to make a great movie…one day. Lead by the enthusiastic director Hirata, the Fuck Bombers make their own movies on 8mm. Tanigawa does the best handheld shots while Miki is the best at dolly shots accomplished by wearing roller skates. But the crew finds their final puzzle piece when a fight breaks out near their film shoot one day and they meet Sasaki, who Hirata is sure will be the next great action star. At the same time, a yakuza feud spills into the urban sprawl when members of the Kitagawa clan attack yakuza boss Taizo Muto’s family in their home. Unfortuantely for them, Muto’s wife Shizue was the only one home and she dispatched her would-be attackers with vengeance. The police […]

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ff 2013 anticipated

The most magical time of year is once again upon us as Austin prepares to open its doors, coffee houses, bars, and RV-based donut shops to visitors from around the world coming to celebrate wonderful and the weird in international cinema with Fantastic Fest. This year’s roster is a bit lighter compared to recent years, but a reduction in quantity has no bearing on quality. The fest will also be taking place in a new Alamo Drafthouse this year at the Lakeline location, and if it’s anything like every other Drafthouse it’s going to be awesome. Two of the titles I can already vouch for as being incredibly entertaining slices of cinema include the blackly comic thriller from Israel, Big Bad Wolves, and the beautifully executed action/suspense Korean film, Confession of Murder. Both are so damn good that I may actually be visiting them for a second time. FSR’s team coverage this year will be in the mostly capable hands of Adam Charles, Neil Miller, Michael Treveloni, and me. We’re excited about the entire fest and just about every movie playing, but we decided to highlight our most anticipated by picking three films each to share below.

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whydontyouplayinhell

For a lot of people, including me, hearing that Sion Sono has a new film is enough to sell the ticket. Doesn’t matter the title, doesn’t matter who’s starring, doesn’t matter the story. After Noriko’s Dinner Table, Love Exposure and Cold Fish, he’s proven himself as a visionary that’s nearly peerless in the kinds of films that he’s making — exploring identity and moral downfalls in fascinating ways. And now he’s taking on The Yakuza. In Why Don’t You Play In Hell?, Sono tosses an amateur film crew in the middle of an ongoing grudge match between two crime lords in what he calls, “an action film about the love of 35mm.” With a description like that, it’s wholly unsurprising that Drafthouse Films will be releasing it. There’s no exact date yet, but they’re planning a theatrical run for some and VOD for all. Check out the teaser trailer here:

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