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by Veronika Ferdman Retrospective

Exte: Hair Extensions | Sion Sono

August 18, 2016

When the director of a film is also its screenwriter it’s relatively safe to assume that what you’re watching—outside interference notwithstanding—is a story that they actually wanted to tell. It then becomes endlessly amusing to consider what it must be like to wake up every day as the man who decided to make a film about killer hair extensions. (Pretty wonderful, probably.) Exte: Hair Extensions opens with two security guards patrolling a shipyard at night, casually talking about lottery tickets and girlfriend…

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by Chris Mello Retrospective

Noriko’s Dinner Table | Sion Sono

Though it sports a few grisly images of its own, Noriko’s Dinner Table borrows most of its bloodshed from its companion film, Suicide Club. Sono repurposes the opening of his breakthrough—during which 54 high school students jump in front of an oncoming train—several times here,…

August 17, 2016
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Drew Hunt Retrospective

Strange Circus | Sion Sono

Pull any Sion Sono movie off the shelf and chances are somebody somewhere has called it his “most extreme.” With a filmography as pervasively perverse and profane as Sono’s, one could place such a distinction on almost any title and probably be correct in…

August 17, 2016
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 7

#7: Canadian Like Me: The Worst of the Toronto International Film Festival Download episode here. Episode Description: This September, I was lucky enough to attend the Toronto International Film Festival, which gave me a fun idea for this month’s podcast: Watch some of the most notorious,…

October 3, 2011
by Tina Hassannia Retrospective

Shirin | Abbas Kiarostami

You’re not allowed to know the Iranian Woman. Not truly, anyway—not personally, and don’t even think about intimately. Not in public. In public, you must treat her with “respect,” which apparently means pretending she doesn’t exist—you mustn’t make eye contact. As a female tourist in Iran, you spend…

September 25, 2011
In Review | Online film and music criticism