78/52 is a 90-minute film about one minute. Actually, it's only about 52 specific seconds, along with the 78 different shots contained within, that make up the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror thriller Psycho. The film is solely about breaking down the scene's genius and importance, and it takes the term "deep dive" to a whole new level.
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In Alexander Payne's new movie, a dainty Easy Bake Oven bell-chime signals the completion of the cellular reduction process. People who were normal-sized adults are now only inches tall, gently lifted off their beds with implements that look like spatulas. The moment is both cute and terrifying at the same time, much like Downsizing itself.
Sometimes the best genre films are found in the most unexpected places, like in a story of kids who are orphaned as the result of violent gang wars in the slums of Mexico. That's the setting for Issa Lopez's Tigers Are Not Afraid, a jaw-dropping film that blends reality and the supernatural in an absolutely beautiful way. It feels like a spiritual sequel to Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone or Pan's Labyrinth, except with a more modern, realistic setting.
A team of astronauts is specially trained to solve an unprecedented disaster in space. It sounds like the plot of Armageddon or any number of other generic Hollywood blockbusters but, in the Russian space adventure Salyut-7, it actually happened. Unfortunately, somehow that doesn't make the movie any more exciting.
David Huggins is a 72-year-old man who believes he lost his virginity to an alien. He also believes he's been visited by aliens for the majority of his life. It's an easy story to laugh at, but in Brad Abraham's documentary Love and Saucers, you want to believe Huggins. And, frankly, it's hard not to.
A million movies have been made about zombie invasions, but very few have focused on what happens afterwards. Do the zombies get cured? How will society rebuild? Will the survivors actually be safe? These are questions without familiar answers in zombie lore, which makes a movie like The Cured immediately exciting.
At its core, Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal is a straightforward samurai revenge flick. However, built around that is the platonic, primal ideal of what a samurai movie can be. It's non-stop symphony of murder and steel filled with unbelievable weapons, gruesome amputations, rivers of blood, and charismatic warriors. Its two-hour, 20-minute runtime feels like it's filled with as little talking and story as possible, just to fit in more swordfighting. And it's great.
If you're reading this, you've probably seen Don Hertzfeldt's World of Tomorrow and simply want to know if the sequel is good. Yes, it is. It's very, very good. And I highly recommend to go into it totally blank other than the knowledge of the first film.
Anna and the Apocalypse is a high school zombie musical set at Christmas. Which, obviously, sounds awesome. It sounds so awesome though, you're probably thinking there's no way it could love up to that expectation. But I'm happy to reveal that Anna and the Apocalypse lives up to your expectations and then some. It's an absolute blast.
The idea for Colossal sounds exactly that: "Colossal." A woman in the US can sometimes, when she's drunk and in the right place, become a giant monster in Seoul, South Korea. Add to that Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway, and it sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster. But that isn't what Colossal is at all.