Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989) w/Twin Cinema

Tetsuo the Iron Man

This week, returning guest Theo (whose film review webseries Twin Cinema will be coming soon to the Alcohollywood Youtube Channel!) joins us to disassemble the cinematic mind screw that is Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo the Iron Man! Somewhere between the surrealism of Lynch and the body horror of Cronenberg, Tetsuo follows a terrified salaryman as his body is slowly supplanted with strange metal growths. We chat about the film’s striking 16mm photography, the surrealist plot, and drill-dos, while giving you our custom cocktail and drinking rules. Check it out!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Mr. Roboto

1-ep251-drinkA variant of the Rusty Nail (natch), we switched out the Scotch and Drambuie for Suntory whiskey, and threw in a little peach puree and lemon to give it an extra bit of kick. 

3 parts Suntory Japanese whiskey
1 part Returner Earl Grey liqueur
1 part peach puree
splash, lemon juice

Shake thoroughly in shaker with ice, then pour over ice in an old-fashioned glass.

DRINKING RULES FOR TETSUO THE IRON MAN:

1) Drink every time a character actually speaks
2) Drink any time a new metal growth appears on Tetsuo
3) Drink whenever the characters travel in fast stop-motion sequences

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

The Metal Fetishist says, “Our love can put an end to this fucking world. Let’s go!”

Join us next week as we go for a nice jog in Germany with 1998’s time-hopping thriller Run Lola Run!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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