The list of movies I have been putting off is shrinking by the day. Add another classic to the list.
This is one of the better films of the last 20 years. It only took me 14 years to see it.
It’s a pleasant consequence of having the skill to turn above average into the unforgettable. These films should not be important bedrock films. Yet here they are, standing head and shoulders above, almost 60 years later.
Hud may take liberties with the original material, but the greatness of the story shines through. It’s a remarkable story that feels timeless. If you want to understand humans a bit more, you should give it a try.
The real surprise and the definite treat of the film are the Hansons. They have such an innocence and exuberance for the game of hockey, they carry whatever portion of the film that is not being driven by Newman.
It’s hard to list Kurosawa’s films in terms of greatness. Ranking is almost impossible.
Musashi’s presence is undeniable as the burgeoning samurai. His is one of the giant characters in episodic history, every bit worth the value of the legend he represents.
Kurosawa, Shimura and Mifune by this point are in full swing. There is nothing in the world that matches their ability to relay a story.
Seven Samurai should be Movies 101 for any serious lover of film. If you haven’t seen it, you should.
Like the best art, we learn something about humanity and the will to persevere.
There are so few comedies that are rewatchable. Ethical or not, this is a funny film about people we all knew in high school. None of them possess any sort of genius. Most of them are decent. Each of them were have a series of delightful failures with little victories along the way.
Rashomon stands as a gateway to our existence. It is one of the greatest films ever made, and should be viewed by anyone seeking insight through true artistic achievement. It should be used as a template for those wishing to begin to understand the ever contrasting nature of humanity.
Drunken Angel is a flawed, but brilliant first film by one of the world’s greatest directors. Knowing he is this good when he started out makes me hopeful for a future I already know.
Even through it’s complicated history of interpretations, Metropolis is very much the definition of essential cinema.
This is the perfect film for Criterion treatment.
As if a critic knows what’s worth creating. “To learn silence,” indeed.