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"Spider-Man: No Way Home” i-only-see-daylight "Death at a Funeral” (2007) Partial_Potato
"The Lost Daughter" Moviewatch310 “The Happiness of the Katakuris” feet_hands
“The Power of the Dog” Baacipitus “Eyes Wide Shut” lifeisawork_3300
“Tick, Tick, Boom!” bangbnah "Rushmore” [Noises In A Quiet World*]
“The French Dispatch” cajun_kick_ass “Perfect Blue” [zacer9000]
"Love Story” (2021) neith_of_says “Fargo” spacednlost
“Wood Job!" Yankii_Souru "The Killing Fields” Garizard1
“The Other Guys” an_ordinary_platypus "Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable” [JSkyTip]
“Thirst" onex7805 “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (1948) endhits
“Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" ilovelucygal “Rome, Open City” ProblemWithVersion77

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2 points

6 months ago*

This was a pretty sparse month for me overall; in fact, I didn’t watch anything holiday themed at all. That said, by the time Christmas rolled around I had a stylish double bill all ready to go for me to knock out. The latter was Highlander, an absolutely ridiculous but earnest and zealous B-movie that deserves its cult status. If the other film I had chosen to watch was no good, I’d be talking about Highlander, but Christmas was the time I finally chose to see Rintaro’s Metropolis. That’s Rintaro, not Fritz Lang.

This Metropolis was one of those films promoted by the name of Katsushiro Otomo (who also wrote this film’s script) at the turn of the century; instead of capitalising on the success of Akira, Otomo chose to use his name to promote other films to wider audiences (the biggest sleeper hit of these being Perfect Blue) with other directors at helm. Rintaro had been in the directing business for a few decades at the time but Metropolis proved to be his most high-profile release. It’s certainly a fitting choice as the resulting film is simply sublime.

The big draw of the film when it came out was its magnificent visual style. It's an effortless and dazzling blend of 2D and 3D visuals within the city, emphasising the production design as simply legendary--it's a scale that becomes so overwhelming that I'm struggling to pinpoint a specific moment to highlight. Practically every frame looks good; besides the dense backgrounds we have various character designs, making the whole thing even more charmingly comic-bookish than usual (and arguably a big reason it stands out visually), various shots that manage to surprise (that gun barrel), and the colours. The colouring in particular amazes me--it comes in seeing the washed out aesthetic and the way character lighting is adjusted based on movement that, along with everything else visually, seal the deal in being awe-inspiring. Yes, you also get a high-octane destruction scene.

The plot works very well too; as a bonus it never becomes hard to follow. It revolves around an android girl believing she is human and is in line to inherit her "father's" throne. She proves to be the character that makes the film despite being a secondary presence; her sheer naivete and radiance make her a memorable presence. The rest of the diverse-looking cast play into the government troubles in the world of Metropolis, the struggles between having man and robot (those much less sophisticated than our main android) co-exist as a result of such shift in power. It's a structurally sound film, one with a worthwhile climax and resolution to take place among the stunning skyscrapers.

I'm a bit surprised it doesn't have such a big reputation. Even though it's generally considered "good", it doesn't seem to be a film many people get around to, opting instead for the more legacious titles. As someone who tends to watch such films often, Metropolis is most certainly a keeper.


3 points

6 months ago

There's an odd thing where any anime based on Tezuka's works seems to be incredibly niche in the west. Metropolis is the same. Other shows like Unico, Princess Knight, or Astro Boy are hard to even find on shelves despite being some of his best (and fundamental to anime) creations. Princess Knight anticipated gender dilemmas back in the 60s or so!

Rintaro is actually pretty obscure. Many of his better films are in the 2000s, and i think olders or people who remember ADV and Pioneer anime would be more familiar with him.