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The Week in Review: 2/28/21-3/06/21

Frick. You know what? I forgot to toss out a “Guess the Still” this week. Makes it about the second or third week in a row I’ve forgotten to do that. You know what I haven’t forgotten? All the great content out this week.

Nice.

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Sion Sono: Guilty of Romance (2011)

We’ve reached the end of our month on Sion Sono and to wrap things up we’ve picked quite the heavy film: Guilty of Romance. There’s a lot to unpack with this film, about the role of women in Japanese society and the lengths they will go to break free from said pressures, or in some cases become consumed by them. As we were short a woman on this episode to give some perspective we tried to instead focus on the things we learned from the film and the themes that resonated with us versus trying to speak to Japanese culture and how it treats women.

Of course, with a filmmaker like this it’s worth looking into the themes he plays in and we found an interesting article to be our guiding star through this month.


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The Week in Review: 2/21/21-2/27/21

Kind of got out of the habit of writing these. Shame. SHAME. Anyway, Binge Buddies is in full swing with its “Alice in Zombieland” series. They’re on the third one and having a blast. Brok and pal Charriii5 sit down to talk about the importance of accessibility in gaming, which you need to listen to ASAP. Last week’s Demon Dayz is a good one and full of fun banter. What else is new, am I right? And then things take a dark turn in this week’s Behind the Hype as Bryan and I discuss the dark and twisted Suicide Club from director Sion Sono. Just…yeah. Go watch it and join our discussion.

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Sion Sono: Suicide Club (2001)

Due to some version confusion we had to push our review of Guilty of Romance to next week. In its place we’re going to talk about the movie that put Sion Sono on the map for western audiences: Suicide Club. It’s difficult to summarize the movie and do the horrific imagery and biting commentary justice, but we do our best. Just the opening few minutes of the movie should clue you in on the doozy of a film you’re about to experience.

Of course, with a filmmaker like this it’s worth looking into the themes he plays in and we found an interesting article to be our guiding star through this month.


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Sion Sono: Tokyo Tribe (2014)

Our Sion Sono retrospective continues with the rap opera Tokyo Tribe, a doozy of a film that starts out rough and then ends with one hell of a punchline. It features a cast of fascinating and colorful characters that sing their way through bouts of ultra-violence. It features perhaps one of the most fun and over-the-top villains we’ve seen yet on this podcast. And if that weren’t enough, it features the daughter of a satanic high priest kicking all kinds of ass with her banana-eating kid sidekick. Have we convinced you to watch the film yet?

Of course, with a filmmaker like this it’s worth looking into the themes he plays in and we found an interesting article to be our guiding star through this month.


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Sion Sono: Tag (2015)

We’re back from our break and we thought it would be a great idea to kick things off with a retrospective on director Sion Sono. You might remember him from our episode on Why Don’t You Play In Hell. Yeah, that guy. Anyway, we’re starting with his 2015 film Tag, featuring perhaps one of the most surprising openings to be put to film. Seriously, you might want to be sitting down for this one.

Of course, with a filmmaker like this it’s worth looking into the themes he plays in and we found an interesting article to be our guiding star through this month.

You sitting down yet? Good. Now watch out for the wind.


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The Week in Review: 1/03/21-1/09/21

It’s a new year and things have already gotten off to an unsavory start. There was a coup on the United States Capitol that happened on the 6th and as of me writing this post out we’re still not sure what to expect from the next few days. It’s also been a rather light podcasting and article week here at ATH Network. Damage Boost and Demon Dayz put out new episodes but Binge Buddies (formerly Welcome to You Are Doom) is still on hiatus, as is Behind the Hype.

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The Week in Review: 12/20/20-12/26/20

I hope you’ve had a happy holiday season so far and that the rest of your year features rest, relaxation, and an overwhelming sense of peace and contentment. We produce a lot of content over here at ATH Network and I wanted to start up a little recap post series every weekend to point out the shows and articles you may have missed and put links to them in one convenient place. Let’s get to it, shall we?

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That Wasn’t The F**king Plan: The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

We close out our month of That Wasn’t The F**king Plan with the best movie out of the four we talked about, although that’s not saying much: The Emperor’s New Groove. It’s a strange film in the Disney archive, fraught with all kinds of production drama. We talk a bit about what the original plan was, and then try to figure out where things went wrong. We also note how the film has a great third act and how Kronk probably should have been the star considering how much of the movie he stole from everyone else.

This also marks the end of Behind the Hype for 2020. We’ll be back a little bit later in the new year with more zany retrospectives that challenge how we think about films and the filmmakers who work on them.


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That Wasn’t The F**king Plan: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

You’d think that a movie about a filmmaker at war with himself that took ten years to make would be more interesting, but here we are. We’re discussing Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and let’s just say that we had a lot of issues with it. Are we talking about an unwatchable dumpster fire of epic proportions? No. Not even close. It’s just a very messy production that shows its seams at every turn and ends up being more boring than bad. If you like early Gilliam you won’t find much of him here and that’s a shame. The performances are good, but what would you expect from the likes of Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver? We talk about all that and more in this week’s episode.


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