The Martian, Love & Peace, and Yakuza Apocalypse
With Love & Peace, Sion Sono comes out of his comfort zone to deliver a startlingly touching and accessible film that the whole family can enjoy. Based on a screenplay he wrote two decades ago, Sion Sono gives the rock movie a makeover by fusing together slapstick – romance – politics – classic Hollywood Christmas movies – Tokusatsu films, puppetry, and stop-motion animation. In our main event, we discuss this bizarre movie before moving on to Yakuza Apocalypse, the latest from Takashi Miike which recaptures the spirit of the director’s earlier work that made him famous. But first, we take some time to discuss The Martian, the latest in a series of realistic science fiction films that eschew the space opera elements of the genre and concentrate instead on believable aspects. Joining us is Victor Stiff. All this and more.