2 items from 2015
Love and Peace review: Love and Peace is a bright, fantastical, enjoyable assault on he senses. Love and Peace review
It’s rare, but every now and again you sit down and experience not just a great film, but a film that has seemingly been tailored to your exact tastes. But it doesn’t just cram in all the stuff you like, it actually has a brilliant story and emotion too, as though you sat down with the director and worked together to create something truly personal and right up your street. That film for me is Love and Peace, the latest from Sion Sono. Christmas, giant monsters, rock and roll, talking animals, toys coming to life, magic; it’s pretty much everything I would want in a film if my head was cracked open and pure into a cinematic jar for preservation.
Any fan of Sion Sono will know what to expect, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Oh J-Horror! It has been years since you were worth my cinematic time. From your heyday in the late 1990s -- Ringu, Dark Water, Ju-On and Pulse -- to Sono Sion putting a very sharp fork into you in the mid-aughts with Exte: Hair Extensions, you were the black-haired angel of contemporary genre filmmaking. But remakes, an endless stream of terrible sequels, and subsumption into seemingly every facet of the horror genre diluted your vibrancy and all but rendered the style irrelevant. No small irony that the sucking the life out of things mirrored the very curses you seemed to embody In your characters.So colour me surprised when female director Asato Mari, as rare a thing in Japanese genre film as in every other part of the world,...
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2 items from 2015
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