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We've got some really interesting stuff dropping tomorrow, starting with Aaron Woodley's Rhinoceres Eyes, I'm looking forward to checking out his new flick Drone. Next is Shinya Tsukamoto's Nightmare Detective which has been widely reported as finally getting an R1 release. Next is Adam Green's Spiral which we recently reviewed, don't let our opinion deter you, check it out for yourself. Then we have Takashi Miike's Zebraman about a teacher who runs around in yes, a zebra suit. Last but not least is the German Expressionism Collection from Kino which features 4 of the films which defined the style, 2 of which are available for the first time! Trailers, synopsis, and Amazon links after the break!

Rhinoceres Eyes
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Rhinoceros Eyes is a fantastical coming-of-age story revolving around Chep (Michael Pitt), a young, reclusive prop-house employee who falls in love with a detail-obsessed movie production designer named Fran (Paige Turco). Fran's need for authentic props sends Chep to great and questionable lengths as he tries to satisfy her requests, and her heart.

Nightmare Detective
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A competent detective, Keiko Kirishima (hitomi), encounters two mysterious suicides. Somehow the two incidents seem to be connected since the victims dialed the same number '0' with their cellphones just before their deaths. Then one victim's wife, who was sleeping next to him, testifies that it looked like someone was attacking him in his dreams. Keiko and her colleagues visit the reference room, looking for a clue to solve the mystery of the two suicides. There they find information about a man, so-called 'Nightmare Detective' (Ryûhei Matsuda), who can enter one's dreams. Keiko asks him to cooperate with their sting operation, but is bluntly refused. The murderer's riddle is still unrevealed, and later on we find out that he holds the same power to slip into people's dreams. Though a dire ending is expected, knowing that there is no other way, Keiko approaches the truth and decides to dial the deadly '0' by herself....

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A reclusive telemarketer has only one semblance of a friend: His telecommuter boss. But the telemarketer's social circle seems to improve greatly when a whimsical co-worker enters his life. Only, as he begins to sketch his new friend's portrait, disturbing "voices" from the phone man's past threaten to lead him into a network of destruction.

German Expressionism Collection
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Four films representing one of the greatest bursts of creative energy in the history of cinema. Includes the first time available titles, THE HANDS OF ORLAC and SECRETS OF A SOUL.

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Being a failure as a teacher and a family man, Shinichi tries to escape everyday live by dressing up as "Zebraman", the superhero. Although the TV series whas canceled after only 6 episodes, this cannot stop him from acting out his escape fantasy in a self made zebra-suit. He get's more then he could ever wish for, when his black-and-white dressed alter-ego seems to be the only thing to stand between absolute (green) evil and a happy ending.

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