Wednesday, August 15, 2012


4 out of 5. Yôji Yamada's THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI reminded me a lot UNFORGIVEN. The plot centers around a widowed samurai who has lost any sense of self-worth. He's internalized a lot of the pain and denies himself the opportunity to move on. The acting is really good. The story feels like the last samurai movie that will be made because of the introduction of guns and the end of the Edo period. Slow, thoughtful and very good relationships make it worth a look.


Sunday, August 12, 2012


4 out 5. Rainer Werner Fassbinder's ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL is pretty damn cool. He boldly faces every convention available to him and makes a palpable story with characters that get under your skin. I had no idea what I'd expect after watching Fox and His Friends but I'm amazed by this director's ability at clear and creative storytelling. It's almost stylized in many ways from the art direction and clothing choices, there's some heavy symbolism throughout. If you like to keep chewing on a film after your done watching it...check this one out.