Monday, July 20, 2020

What We Found On The Net Today: Japan Cuts Watch Online, & Best of the Worst

One of our favorite film festivals has to go online this year, Japan Cuts, out of New York, and that means you can see the the films in it...for a nominal fee. Nothing is over $7 so far, but they have a fun selection to swift through. Here's our top choices to catch these films before they're gone on July 30th.
Special Actors
- Following the unexpected and immense success of his breakout indie debut film One Cut of the Dead (2017), director Shinichiro Ueda delivers another inventive comedy with an ensemble cast of mostly unknown workshop actors in a meta-narrative full of playful twists.
Fukushima 50
- In Fukushima 50, as waves penetrate the facilities, shift supervisor Toshio Izaki (Koichi Sato) assesses the overheating reactors while coordinating with plant manager Masao Yoshida (Ken Watanabe), who mediates with Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company) headquarters amidst micro-management and government inaction.
On-Gaku: Our Sound
-Adapted from the manga by Hiroyuki Osashi, this impressive feature animation was completed over the course of seven years with over 40,000 hand-drawn frames handled almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa himself.
Shell and Joint
- Receptionists working in a minimalist capsule hotel discuss suicide and eroticism, puppetry-animated pests philosophize their taxonomy, women gorge themselves on seafood and white wine as they swap sex stories—these are just some of the striking scenes that make up celebrated short film director Isamu Hirabayashi’s remarkable debut feature.

The Dodgers wants cut-outs of their fans. They also want $149 from you for it.

Or you can pay $299 for a better location closer to home.

If you've never seen Best of the Worst from Red Letter Media, now is the time. It's a YouTube series where some guys are forced to watch bad movies for you amusement.