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I called Open Windows "the most relevant thriller of the year" and, while the movie is shaky at times and the ending is a but of a WTF? I stand by that.

Only the mind of Nacho Vigalando (Time Crimes) could have dreamed up the concept and followed through with it in a way that managed to not seem completely daft. Despite being technically a "techno thriller", the film nods at everything from scifi to Hitchcock to Giallo. Worth a rental folks.


Master filmmaker Sion Sono (Love Exposure; Cold Fish) describes his frenzied, gleeful new masterpiece as an action film about the love of 35mm. Based on a screenplay he wrote nearly fifteen years ago, WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is among Sono s very best work, as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the previous century of Japanese cinema. This is Sion Sono with his talent and unique vision completely unleashed.

Ten years ago, yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison. And The F Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death...on 35mm!

Endlessly irreverent and wildly, hilariously visceral, the film is a Tarantino-esque ode to the yakuza films and features an over-the-top, blood-soaked finale for the ages.

From Lionsgate comes Big Driver, an adaption of Stephen King's revenge tale. We were impressed with how visceral the trailer for this was and, well dammit, we love a good revenge tale.

That's pretty much all we're interested in this week, folks! Until next week!

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