15 items from 2010
It seems like only yesterday that the American Film Institute released their 100 Years...100 Movies  list. Actually though, it was over 10 years ago when we first got our look at that "definitive" list of the 100 best American movies. They then did a ten year anniversary of it in 2007 with only minor adjustments and both years Citizen Kane held the number one place as the best American movie. Of course, the problem with those lists is that they only list American films. While Hollywood might be considered the epicenter of film, the art form itself spans the globe, way beyond American borders. That's why the Toronto International Film Festival came up with their Essential 100 movies. Created by merging lists made by Toronto Film Festival supporters along with another made by their programmers, these are supposed to be the 100 essential movies every cinephile must see. And it starts off with a bang as Citizen Kane has been toppled. »
- Germain Lussier
Maggie McNamara, William Holden in Otto Preminger's scandalous The Moon Is Blue Turner Classic Movies has a lot to offer tonight and tomorrow morning. There's a lot to say about the scheduled movies, but since time is short — the first one listed below has already started, I'll be brief. First of all, don't miss Sidney Franklin's The Hoodlum, a 1919 comedy-drama that feels more modern than most of the stuff that gets released today. Mary Pickford is simply sensational in the title role. Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, considered by many one of the greatest movies ever made, features one of the greatest performances ever: Machiko Kyo's conniving wife. Peter Davis' Oscar winning Hearts and Minds probably caused strokes and heart attacks in American militaristic right-wingers. One sequence that haunts me to this day shows a U.S. military officer describing the Vietnamese as cold, detached people unlike "us. »
- Andre Soares
You will not like something about this list. In your mind, undeserving inclusions and unthinkable omissions probably abound. That is as it should be. Film, for all the scholarship, expertise and pretense that surrounds it, remains, like all art, firmly subjective. Feel free to tell us what we missed, what we misplaced, or congratulate us on a job well done, if you feel so inclined. Just remember to keep it clean, civil and respectful. With that said, these are The Moving Arts Film Journal’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time:
#1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)
#2. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)
#3. The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
#4. Andrei Rublev (1966, Tarkovsky)
#6. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)
#7. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
#9. Seven Samurai (1954, Kurosawa)
#10. The Godfather Pt. II (1974, Coppola)
#11. The Third Man (1949, Reed)
#12. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fleming)
#13. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Kubrick)
#14. Goodfellas (1990, Scorsese)
#15. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, Herzog)
#16. 8½ (1963, Fellini)
#17. Singin’ In The Rain (1952, Donen, »
- Eric M. Armstrong
Three previously undiscovered screenplays by master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa have been uncovered in Japan. According to Sankei Sports (via The Playlist), Tokyo University Media Professor, Yasuki Hamano found the screenplays while researching for his upcoming book series Akira Kurosawa Archives in which the scripts will be collected. Two of the scripts–Kanokemaru no Hitobito (The People of Kanokemaru) and Ashita o Tsukuru Hitobito (The People Who Make Tomorrow)—are for feature films while the third–Yoki na Kojo (The Cheerful Factory)—was for a radio drama. Hit the jump for details on these projects.
For those who don’t know, Akira Kurosawa is one of the most legendary and influential filmmakers of all time. His body of work features numerous classics including Seven Samurai, Ikiru, Rashomon, and Ran. Kurosawa passed away in 1998 at the age of 88.
The People of Kanokemaru centers on “sailors on an old transport ship who overcome »
- Matt Goldberg
Three Scripts Uncovered, One By Shinobu Hashimoto Who Co-Wrote 'Rashomon' & Collaborated On 8 Other Kurosawa Classics The Grand Emperor of cinema, aka Akira Kurosawa, might have passed away at the age of 88 in 1998, but the visionary filmmaker apparently still has a few more projects in the works. Or rather, three new scripts by the grandmaster have been discovered in various locations around Japan according to Sankei Sports (via CNNGo). Tokyo University Media Professor, Yasuki Hamano made the announcement on Thursday and he found the screenplays while conducing research for his upcoming book series the, "Akira Kurosawa Archives"… »
From animated flicks to epic dramas, Zagat Survey has released The World's Best Movies! 20,773 moviegoers voted and they collectively watched 2.4 million films this year. Wow!
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"This new Survey puts the ratings and reviews of over 20,000 avid moviegoers at your fingertips so that no matter what your age, sex or preference, there's an easy way to find the perfect film for every occasion," said Tim Zagat, CEO and Co-Founder of Zagat Survey. »
Akira Kurosawa, 1950
A woman is raped in a forest by a bandit, and her samurai husband murdered. In court, the victim and her attacker give contradictory accounts of what happened, while the dead man, communicating through a medium, offers another differing interpretation. Finally, a fourth account is given by a woodcutter who claims to have witnessed the attack. But whose version can be believed? Rashomon, which won the Grand Prix at Venice as well as the Oscar for best foreign language film, is an example not only of the great Kurosawa at the height of his powers – working with his regular collaborator, the imposing Toshiro Mifune – but of cinematic storytelling at its most daring. With its multiple contradictory flashbacks conspiring to present truth as an amorphous entity, Rashomon has been hugely influential on film structure and vocabulary in the 60 years since it was made.
But this formalist significance should not overshadow the picture's visual eloquence, »
- Ryan Gilbey
Director David Fincher admitted that many feel "The Social Network" shows Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to be a backstabber and thief, but he feels the critically acclaimed film about Zuckerberg’s creation of Facebook while a Harvard student takes no sides. According to London's "The Telegraph," Fincher added that the film is interesting because it tells the Facebook story from multiple viewpoints as Zuckerberg battles fellow Harvard students who claim he stole their idea, just like the classic Akira Kurosawa film “Rashomon.” "Making this movie we are not just jumping on the bandwagon,” Fincher said. »
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Shortly after closing the Toronto International Film Festival, Massy Tadjedin’s romantic drama “Last Night” will head overseas to open the international Rome Film Festival.
Organizers announced that the film, which stars Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes, will launch this year’s event on Oct. 28. It centers around a married couple wrestling with infidelity. The husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he’s attracted. While he’s resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
“Night” wasn’t the only film attached to the Roman festival, which runs through Nov. 5.
John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole,” starring Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest and Aaron Eckhart, also will play Rome (after bowing at Tiff). That movie also deals with a couple in crisis – I sense a theme.
Later in the fest, Akira Kurosawa will be honored with the screening of »
- Sean O'Connell
A beautiful restored print of Rashômon, the ultimate film about the unreliability of storytelling, spearheads an essential season of Akira Kurosawa films at BFI Southbank. Starring as a bandit on trial for kidnap and rape, the director's regular collaborator, Toshiro Mifune, gives perhaps his wildest and sexiest performance.
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- Jason Solomons
If any situation justifies the multi-angled Crash/Amores Perros-style treatment, it's modern-day Israel. Co-written and directed by an Israeli and a Palestinian, mostly using non-professional actors, this is more hip, streetwise and even-handed than we're used to. Set in a mixed neighbourhood of Tel Aviv, the plot skilfully juggles intertwined stories of feuds, families, drugs and violence involving characters from all faiths.
Trash Humpers (18)
Korine preserves his enfant terrible reputation with a scrappy, seedy home video following a group of masked delinquents around. It's a vaudeville of depravity (they literally hump dustbins) that manages to be grimy without being explicit.
Wild Grass (12A)
Veteran Resnais crafts a silky, genre-hopping middle-aged romance that's full of wonders and mysteries. »
- Steve Rose
Spy magazine in the 1990s had a witty essay on how, in American journalism, it only took a couple of slightly conflicting accounts of the same event for someone to trot out the word "Rashômon". Here is an opportunity to revisit Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film, and to appreciate how the cliche does not do justice to a uniquely disturbing drama.
Rashômon is about a court proceeding, recalled in flashback, relating to a mysterious crime. A bandit, Tajômaru (Toshirô Mifune) is on trial for murdering a samurai (Mayasuki Mori) and raping his wife (Machiko Kyô) in the remote forest. Each of these three figures addresses the court, the dead man via a medium – an amazingly, electrifyingly strange conceit, carried off with absolute conviction. A fourth witness (Takashi Shimura) offers his own version, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Akira Kurosawa And His Influence, London
If you've never seen a Kurosawa film, then a) you've doubtless seen a film made by someone who's seen a Kurosawa film, and b) shame on you. The Japanese master devoured western film and literature (John Ford and Ed McBain were favourites), and translated them into samurai epics and domestic films noirs, which westerners devoured right back. Here you get both sides of the coin. Compare Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name in A Fistful Of Dollars with Toshirô Mifune's wily samurai in Yojimbo, catch the Hamlet influences in Kurosawa's 1960s corporate thriller The Bad Sleep Well, spot the original C3PO and R2D2 in The Hidden Fortress, or see how the multi-angle flashback structure of Rashômon (on extended release) has lent itself to medieval Sweden (Bergman's Virgin Spring), the Wild West (Outrage) and ancient China (Zhang Yimou's Hero).
BFI Southbank, »
- Steve Rose
Today would have been the 100th birthday of Akira Kurosawa. If you've never seen a Kurosawa film, you certainly owe it to yourself to become immersed in his genius and craftsmanship one day. There's no way to say for sure who the best director of all time is, but you can't have the discussion without mentioning Kurosawa.
He didn't have the luxury of making films in Hollywood and yet he remains one of the most revered and well-known directors who has ever lived. No less a film lover and historian than Martin Scorsese has said, "Let me say it simply, Kurosawa was my Master.”
Over a six-decade career, he crafted classics like The Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Rashômon, Throne of Blood, Kagemusha, Ran, Ikiru, Sanjuro, and Red Beard, plus some less-heralded films like The Hidden Fortress and High and Low, which is a personal favorite of mine (it's now being remade, »
- Colin Boyd
Akira Kurosawa, the legendary Japanese director, was born 100 years ago today. He's already the subject of a Google doodle, now here's a guide to ten key Kurosawa movies, from classics such as Seven Samurai and Throne of Blood to late greats Ran and Dreams
1) Drunken Angel (1948)
The youngest of eight children, Akira Kurosawa grew up in Tokyo where, at the age of 26, he began an apprenticeship at Pcl studios. His first features as director, made in wartime, had nationalistic strains but No Regrets for Our Youth (1946) and Drunken Angel, about an alcoholic Tokyo doctor trying to get a stagnant pool drained, established a critical engagement with contemporary Japan.
2) Stray Dog (1949)
Drunken Angel inaugurated Kurosawa's working relationship with the actor Toshiro Mifune, which was repeated in this picture, with Mifune playing a policeman on an increasingly obsessive quest to retrieve his stolen gun. Set during a sweltering summer, Kurosawa's breakthrough film »
- Ben Walters
15 items from 2010
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