Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Samurai Rebellion

A great movie. Every character is provided an exit away from being stock and is at least sketched in a little bit as plausible humans. Emotionally staggering.

Picnic At Hanging Rock

I am pretty sure that I have seen this before but I couldn't remember much about it. The unsettled mood is established with great skill. Or is it that triple-bedamned pan flute in the score? Aaagh! Otherwise compelling.

The Prophecy

Ridiculous but completely within expectations. File next to Tremors and Dr. Phibes for campy amusement. Christopher Walken walks away with all his scenes tucked under his arm. Viggo Mortenson plays Satan. He is not the weakest player in view - that honor goes to Eric Stolz.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Red Lion

I submit that only Toshiro Mifune could have put on a giant fuzzy red wig and merely seem a bit more ferocious. Anyone else would invite comparisons to Bozo the Clown. Bonus: explanation of Ee ja na kai. My previous exposure was via Pom poko and left me completely mystified.

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

A bit of a plod. Weird color transfer.

The Lower Depths

Early Kurosawa. Never tries to rise above original Gorky play. Mifune barely reined in from reducing set to splinters. I could listen to Bokuzen Hidari all day long.

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