Hobos Vs. Samurai

I know the movie event of the week for many people is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” And, yes, I, too, plan to catch it in theaters, even though I find the trailer linked to above hilarious. Within a 2 1/2-minute run time, there are at least 10 fade away yells. When I first saw the trailer in the theater, I was laughing out loud because it was one fading yell after another to the point of being absurd.

And now I think I’ll stop with my Potter criticism before I attract the wrath of his legions of fans …

Anyway, as I started off saying, “Harry Potter” is getting all the attention, but my movie event of the week was catching up with the recent DVD release of “Hobo with a Shotgun.” Ever since I saw the brilliantly violent and funny (and NSFW) trailer for the film back in March, I knew it was something special:

Watching it this week on my own, my only regret was that I didn’t get to see it with an audience. It’s one of those films that would benefit from being seen in a group environment. It wasn’t the best “B” film I’ve ever seen, but it was certainly something special, and very, very gleefully wrong in the best of ways. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Troma film, “Hobo with a Shotgun” will be right up your barrel.

I went from the gorefest of “Hobo” to the much more restrained violence of Takashi Miike’s “13 Assassins.”

I’ve been a big fan of Miike for most of the last decade because he is so unpredictable. He isn’t afraid of any genre, and his films have contained some of the strangest, most violent images I’ve ever seen. He is also prolific, often putting out multiple movies a year.

Miike is best known in America for “Audition” and “Ichi the Killer.” Don’t go anywhere near those films unless you enjoy creepiness and/or violence in your film diet.

I haven’t even finished “13 Assassins” yet, but I’ve been mesmerized by the story of a group of noble samurai as they seek to slay a tyrannical, politically-connected lord before he seizes control of Japan. Miike isn’t often this restrained and straight-faced, but it definitely suits him. As I type this, I wish I was finishing off this fine cinematic feast.

Anyone who enjoys a good samurai yarn, consider this a highest possible recommendation (based on the first hour) …

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