This is a timely thread on account of @JepGambardella not liking Sion Sono’s Tokyo Vampire Hotel. This is to remind us why we all love Sion Sono (or will it??). Anyway, the reason why I specially devoted a thread for this is because aside from it being an outstanding film (at least to me), I think this movie is divisive. No I don’t want to start breaking our heads whether it was a dream or if dad’s in love, but I think this movie will make you ponder on whether to file this under “genius” or………….the opposite of genius. I initially thought I’d classify this as one of Sono’s weak ones but what do I know, this movie has POISON! Because me, who loves a Trolls-colored film with mind-boggling, culture-bending themes did not bail on a black and white film with less dialogue, with bits of deafening silence and with a simple sequence of events for a plot. I honestly didn’t quite get the point of the story. Well, its not complicated. Its just about a human android (played by Sono’s wife) tasked to deliver packages to humans who have left Earth and emigrated to other planets. Basically that’s it, an hour plus of watching a robot courier on space. This is NOT me. Because for me to label the film as cute and lovely is NOT me. But I guess I was hypnotized/possessed by another spirit while watching this because I was absorbed by the film the entire time (well except for the first 20 minutes)! Or maybe Sion Sono is a sorcerer because I was not me while watching this. Normal me would be zzzzleeping already after the first few minutes but I actually held up doing some other stuff because I found the movie cute and I had to watch it. I mean, a floating house on space man!!!! Okay so I have to admit the first 15 minutes were really hell I thought I’d put it off but I’m (sometimes) patient (especially since it is Sion Sono) but my patience was taken to a higher level because *drumroll* ……………………… I finished this till the end. Unbelievable. What I love about the movie is since its black and white and not much goes on, you’ll pay attention to the sounds and I think Sion Sono made sure that our eyes may be wandering elsewhere but our ears were with him! I’m sure I was because I was listening to the movie the entire time. I like the sound of the void and while the silence here can sometimes be defeaning, the visuals will make up for it. And vice versa. What made this movie more cute is: the spoken dialogue is WHISPERED. Really, I think I’m really being possessed. The movie has so many remarkable scenes that I thought I’d lay them down: 1) There’s one breathtaking scene--the only colored scene in a gorgeous black and white film where a perfectly square window to look like a TV showing a green scenery with the big waves crashing 2) On a long hallway she walks with a tin can stuck on her shoe (and that sound is played for I think 10 minutes in the film and its not annoying at all—in fact, it’s really haunting, like hypnosis, because I like the sound). 3) The ending scene is very cool—silhouettes of people doing whatever in the last planet inhabited only by humans with only background instrumental music. It looked like a choreographed dance number that WILL beat all the bollywood dance numbers. But there’s no music number. Just random silhouettes of people doing random things. Please find the real plsletitrain.