Instant Gratification Quick Takes: June 28, 2011

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

New for June 28, 2011

Tetsuo: The Bullet Man (2009), directed by Shinya Tsukamoto with Eric Bossick, Akiko Monou and Yuko Nakamura – All sequels inevitably face comparison with the original. This was true for 1992’s Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, the sequel to Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto’s 1989 cyberpunk classic Tetsuo, The Iron Man. The story wasn’t as good, they said of Tetsuo II. It wasn’t audacious enough. It was filmed in color. Well, another 17 years later Tsukamoto returned with a third Tetsuo film. Unlike the first two movies, Tetsuo: The Bullet Man was filmed in English — broken, stilted English — which was one of the more oft-repeated complaints about the movie I encountered while looking over some of its reviews. “Brace yourself for disappointment,” wrote Todd Brown, a feisty critic at Twitch, around the time of the film’s release. Well, I hear you Mr. Brown. I also see Tetsuo: The Bulletman has some amazing box art, equally amazing publicity stills and music by Oscar winner Trent Reznor. So, if anything, I’m expecting it to be visually thrilling. I’m sure it’ll be no Mega Python vs. Gatoroid in terms of special effects, but at a scant 80 minutes, I’m certain that Tetsuo: The Bulletman will at least make for some fine entertainment. (Available until March 28, 2013)

And, lookie here: in case you haven’t seen the original Tetsuo: The Iron Man, you can watch it instantly as well. (Available until September 29, 2011)

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