Regardless of how much one "enjoys" watching Funeral Parade of Roses, it's hard not to respect Matsumoto's vision of cinema—or rather, how he throws style darts at the board to take it beyond the traditional norms of 1969 while still somehow maintaining a loving, elegiac tone.
LIFE AS FICTION — Michael Fassbender is the best android ever: This, sadly, is the one true takeaway from Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe. If forced to admit another, it would be that the elder Scott brother has now further cemented himself as arguably the single most overrated director working today. For him, style over substance has become par for course, and while that isn’t a bad thing, it’s consistently kept him from being great since 1982. His…