Monday, March 2, 2009


"There's nothing in recent memory quite like Merde," begins my review of the multi-director triptych Tokyo! at Slant Magazine, in which I devote much ink to Leos Carax's outrageous middle segment, which stars Denis Lavant as a subterranean monster who rises to the surface to terrorize the citizenry because, as he puts it, "I don't like people." The other entries, Michel Gondry's Interior Design and Bong Joon-ho's Shaking Tokyo have their merits as well, it's just that they're completely overshadowed by Carax's exhilarating and defiantly tasteless offering.

Tokyo! opens this Friday at New York's Landmark Sunshine Theater.

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