Saturday, January 4, 2020

Got Milk?

     This week we kick off 2020 with the return of Japanuary! We waste no time trying to remove the stink on 2019 by sliding right into the warm embrace of two of our favorites.
     First up, Takashi Miike's 2001 black comedy and part of the Love Cinema series designed to test and exhibit the virtues of new digital filmmaking. The Yamazki family needs serious help, dad is a failure and mom is an addict turning tricks for meth and sonny is a violent little shit being rightfully bullied to keep him in place outside of the home. When Kiyoshi gets randomly smashed in the head with a rock, it might be the best thing to ever happen to him. His mysterious assailant insinuates himself with the family and helps them embrace what they were missing. That makes it sound far more family friendly than it is... they were missing necrophilia, extreme violence, and several hundred gallons of milk. Thanks for fixing them, Visitor Q!
     Then we make our fourth and final trip with a wandering samurai, his son, and their cart full of enough gadgets that even James Bond would get a little jealous. With all the male heirs of the Yagyü clan dead at the hands of Ogami Itto and Daigoro, Retsudo has no choice but to turn to his only daughter and an illegitimate offspring long ago left to die on a mountain. That's just where all the blood fountains and dismemberments start. Before you know it, you are in the middle of one of  film's bloodiest scenes ever made in a snow capped orgy of violence. It is awesome. All the slicing, dicing, and murder your heart can handle in Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell OR Wolf with Cub in Tow: Let's Go to Hell, Daigoro!
     All that and Kevin has a busy week, Dave takes a Polar Bear Plunge with disastrously embarrassing results, and Tyler has dreams about the greatest print ads of the 1990s. Join us, won't you?

Episode 135- Got Milk?

No comments:

Post a Comment