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Reviews for November 8th, 2013

Ass Backwards

Directed by Chris Nelson


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Number of times I checked my watch: 2
Released by Gravitas Ventures.
Opens at Village East Cinema.

It's Me, It's Me

Directed by Satoshi Miki

      Hitoshi (Kazuya Kamenashi), a young salesman at an electronics store, desperately needs more money than he's currently making, so he goes to the extent of calling a stranger and pretending to be her son to scam her into wiring him money. His scam succeeds, but it comes with unexpected consequences: two doppelgangers of his appear. All three Hitoshis get along with one another, at first. What ensues after a third doppelganger arrives will not be spoiled here.

      To classify It's Me, It's Me into one particular genre wouldn't do it any justice. Writer/director Satoshi Miki should be commended for taking narrative risks as he amalgamates a variety of genres including sci-fi, drama, comedy, mystery, action and magical realism. If romance were thrown into that mix, it would've made the film feel congested and uneven. The fact that all of these genres blend so smoothly is a testament to Miki's talents as a writer. Not a single moment feels pretentious nor does the film's imaginative qualities run out.

      Unlike most subversive films that take an original, inventive idea and stretch it too thin or dumb it down without going far enough, It's Me, It's Me continues to offer clever surprises and twists without insulting your intelligence as an audience member. Miki also deserves kudos for leaving you with some room for interpretation and making think about your life and this world existentially---the film doesn't become preachy, though. Moreover, he has impeccable attention to detail; one particular item might seem trivial at first, but later becomes more significant. Kazuya Kamenashi is perfectly cast and conveys each version of Hitoshi convincingly so that you can tell them apart by their personalities.

      Ultimately, It's Me, It's Me manages to be the most brilliant, bold, original and delightfully bizarre film since Being John Malkovich. It's destined to become a cult classic.

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Released by Pictures Dept. Co. Ltd.
Opens at Cinema Village.

The Starving Games

Directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer


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Number of times I checked my watch: 3
Released by Ketchup Entertainment.
Opens at AMC Empire 25.

Thor: The Dark World

Directed by Alan Taylor


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Number of times I checked my watch: 4
Released by Walt Disney Pictures.
Opens nationwide.
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