Instant Gratification Quick Takes: June 21, 2011

Highlighting odd and off-beat new releases to watch instantly on Netflix

New for June 21, 2011

Wife to Be Sacrificed (1974), directed by Masaru Konuma, with Naomi Tani, Nagatoshi Sakamoto and Terumi Azuma – Japan’s love of freaky sex is nothing new. For decades, they were just able to hide their smut better than us folks in the West — that is,  until the Internet came along and showed us what positively whacked-out fantasies were being kept hidden under the country’s cool demeanor. In Japan, for everything that exists, there exists its sexual counterpart. Give a Japanese pornographer sushi, they’ll serve it up to you on a naked woman. Give them a cat, they’ll take the ear and tails and attach them to a naked woman, preferably a cartoon woman with exaggerated facial features and dressed in a sailor suit. Give them an actual naked woman, however, and they’ll blur out her genitals or, at least, shave off her pubic hair — for the longest time, pubic hair was forbidden to be depicted in Japanese erotica. Of course, there were some that knew the truth about Japan’s depravity prior to the rise of the Internet, in particular, anyone with a VCR and membership to a video store with a decent-sized anime section. I’m sorry. What were we talking about? Wife To Be Sacrificed. I don’t know if vintage soft-core S&M pornography is the direction Netflix is planning on going with its instant watch library, but if that’s the case, who am I to stand in their way? By all accounts, this film is absolutely brutal. It’s got rape, bondage, an accused child molester, and something called “pooping voyeurism.” I can’t wait to find out what that last one is. Wife to Be Sacrificed also supposed to be beautifully shot and made with true artistic intent — and films like Wife to Be Sacrificed, known as Roman Porno, have a huge fan base both in Japan (where it was a huge hit at the time of its release) and abroad (The Chicago Tribune called it “artistically potent) Is it art? Is it smut? Probably both. You decide for yourself. (Available until June 21, 2013)

Make-out with Violence (2008), directed by The Deagol Brothers, with Eric Lehning, Cody DeVos and Shellie Marie-Shartzer – I am sick to death of zombie movies. We are all sick to death of zombie movies. Based on the trailer, this feels different. Make-out with Violence, from first time directors The Deagol Brothers, revolves around two twin brothers freshly graduated from high school, Patrick and Carol Darling. Struggling to deal with the disappearance and presumed death of their friend Wendy, Patrick and Carol are shocked to discover Wendy’s reanimated corpse while driving around the countryside which surrounds their upscale housing development. They transport Wendy’s body to an abandoned house, where they hope to find a way to bring her back to life. As the film progresses, Patrick and Carol look for ways to revive Wendy while attempting to maintain a veneer of normalcy. Make-out with Violence won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at the 2008 Atlanta Film Festival, in case that sort of thing impresses you. Best case scenario, a fresh spin on a tired and over-saturated genre. Worst case, the world’s first hipster zombie movie. (Available until June 21, 2012)


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