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Bullet Ballet Review


Very Good
Life is funny sometimes. Like when your girlfriend kills herself and, in spite of your overwhelming desire for revenge, you end up allying yourself with the thugs who drove her to it. But this is just the sort of frenzied path of self destruction writer/director Shinya Tsukamoto thrives on.

Goda (Shinya Tsukamoto), a mild-tempered Tokyo ad executive, has lost his love. While he was busy building his career, she was busy building a double life in the dark underbelly of the urban gangland of drugs, violence, and prostitution. And as Goda's career was on the rise, his girlfriend's life slipped beyond his grasp. Confused and alone, the ad exec drops out of his comfortable world on an obsessive search for the same fate.

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8 1/2 Women Review


Terrible
Peter Greenaway's latest foray into highbrow elitism will test the endurance of even his most fervent admirers. 8 1/2 Women indulges his fascination with the human body by allowing a father and son to fulfil their sexual fantasies by setting up a brothel comprised of the title characters, and systematically ogling each of the voluptuous and unusual female forms they encounter.

The compulsive listmaking and mathematical precision of Greenaway's earlier films is present and intact, but the center of 8 1/2 Women is ultimately hollow and painfully obvious. His very concept reduces women to childish fantasies such as the sexually repressed nun (Toni Collette), the pregnant woman (Natacha Amal), the nubile bombshell (Polly Walker), the prudish accountant who wears thick glasses (Vivian Wu, from The Pillow Book) and the woman who adores her pet horse and pig (Amanda Plummer). The "half-woman" has no legs, of course.

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8 1/2 Women Review


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An idly rich father and son, trying to sidestep the grief brought on by the death of their wife and mother, become obsessed with acquiring a varied private harem to exorcise obscured erotic fantasies in eccentric, elitist director Peter Greenaway's sexual pseudo-satire "8 1/2 Women."

The Japan-based, 30-ish son (Matthew Delamere) comes home to his father's (John Standing) Geneva estate with two girls in tow: A taciturn kabuki actress and a pretty young gambler who has agreed to become his concubine to repay gambling debts owed the family's pachinko parlor.

Over the next few weeks they add several more wildly divergent women to their personal bordello -- a "retired" nun (Toni Collette) with a shaved head, a wannabe aristocrat (Amanda Plummer) recovering from a horse-riding accident in a bizarre body brace, an extremely fertile beauty (Barbara Sarafian) who makes a living as a surrogate mother -- but remain confounded, discontented and unfulfilled.

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