With its brilliant, on-the-nose title, you may think that you know what to expect from Robert D. Krzykowski’s The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, and while it does contain those two things, at its core, this is a bittersweet love story about an aging war hero reminiscing about the life he once had.
Alita: Battle Angel feels like it was made in 1999, just with a modern coat of CG paint that only slightly brings the film into the 21st century. Perhaps that’s because it’s based on a manga series released in 1990 or because it’s essentially an amalgamation of every other cyberpunk science-fiction picture, but regardless, Alita is a messy endeavor that may push motion capture to new heights but lacks any other identifiable qualities
Dan Gilroy’s satirical Velvet Buzzsaw injects a heaping dose of bloody horror into the pretentious consumerism of the art world, centering on a cast of cartoonish narcissists as victims of the very pieces they draw profit from.
Sure, it’s cringey, clumsily scripted and directed and doesn’t hold up in any way, but I had a great time revisiting this little piece of my childhood and applaud MVD for taking the time and care to release such a high-quality package of such a low-quality movie.