Miike's entire Black Society trilogy is starting to feel like this social conscious indictment of the bleak aimlessness felt by foreigners trying to find meaning in their "rootless" existence. Like all the other Miike protagonists of his extensive Yakuza cinema, Rainy Dog's Yuji is a displaced loner with an unending appetite for violence who finds himself feeling entrapped by his environment to the existence he can't deviate from. Stranded in Taipei by his Yakuza syndicate with no other choice but…
I am deeply fascinated by Japanese wrestling and Gaea Girls is a revealing look into the physical, but mainly psychological tolls, it takes to be among the most respected and battered women's wrestlers the nation has to offer. A tad scant in the budget department due to this being a BBC doc and much of the film feels conflicted in what it actually wants to focus on as it jumps between several trainees of the Gaea Organization with reckless abandon.…
Never has there been a movie that is so vulgar and yet so audaciously beautiful. Refn's Neon Demon does everything in it's power to confront your ideas of aesthetics and completely invert them to a new classification the likes of which have not been approached since the glossy works of Dario Argento. Salacious and exploitative. Gruesome and utterly disturbing. Refn has made the type of film that makes one reconsider their taste and reevaluate what they believe is "too much"…
Straight up not a gimmick. Draining the colour adds so much to the texture of this film. It gives the makeup such definition. The vistas such imposing scope. The fire and rubble such dynamic detail. Ridding one of the more colourful action films of the past two decades of its glorious palette would seem like an exercise in futility.
But somehow, this might be better.