Monday, 4 May 2015

Crisp Criticism - "It Follows", "Tokyo Tribe", "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter"

Julien Faddoul

It Follows ***

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter.
Although absurd in detail, this is a stressful, ingeniously constructed horror film, creating a palpable sense of unimaginable dread with very little. It also typifies as a brilliant examination of the fear and confusion of adolescent sex.

wd – David Robert Mitchell
ph – Mike Gioulakis
pd – Michael Perry
m – Disasterpeace
ed – Julio Perez
cos – Kimberly Leitz-McCauley

p – Rebecca Green, David Kaplan, Erik Rommesmo, Laura D. Smith

Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe, Bailey Spry, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary

Tokyo Tribe **

In an alternate Japan, territorial street-gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes boil over into an all-out war.
An alienating, Rapped-through musical with the director at his least susceptible, offering everything from a techno-Shogun to a room of human furniture to a difficult yet acute attack on gender politics. Full of terrific scenes and performances.

wd – Sion Sono   (Based on the Manga by Santa Inoue)
ph – Daisuke Sôma
pd – Yuji Hayashida
m – B.C.D.M.G.
ed – Jun'ichi Itô
cos – Chieko Matsumoto

p – Yoshinori Chiba, Nobuhiro Iizuka

Cast: Akihiro Kitamura, Hitomi Katayama, Mukade, Riki Takeuchi, Ryohei Suzuki, Ryuta Sato, Seino Nana, Shôko Nakagawa, Shôta Sometani, Tomoko Karina, Yosuke Kubozuka, Young Dais

Kumiko the Treasure Hunter *

A lonely Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried in the film Fargo is, in fact, real.
Highly muddled attempt at a kind of fable on cinematic influence that only scarcely explores its interesting central conceit.

d – David Zellner
w – David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
ph – Sean Porter
pd – Chad Keith, Kikuo Ohta
m – The Octopus Project
ed – Melba Jodorowsky
cos – Tony Crosby, Kiersten Ronning

p – Andrew Banks, Jim Burke, Cameron Lamb, Chris Ohlson, Nathan Zellner

Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner


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