6 items from 2016
IFC Midnight recently released one of the more unforgettable foreign horror films of the year, Baskin, a nightmarish shocker that follows a group of Turkish police officers who encounter a hellish cult with some gruesomely abhorrent plans for the unsuspecting lawkeepers.
What inspired the story of Baskin?
Your approach to this film is grotesquely beautiful and I loved the use of color in many of the scenes (the red/blue imagery was very striking)—can you discuss your approach to the look of Baskin?
- Heather Wixson
The sun is shining, but it’s raining. Foxes hold their wedding processions in this weather.
But they don’t like anyone to see them – if they catch you watching, they’ll be very angry!
Dreams (1990) may be the most personal of Kurosawa’s films, and has always struck me as one of his most underrated. It’s uneven, yes, but at its best it really does capture the vivid yet elusive, disorienting nature of a recurring dream that always seems to slip just out of your grasp – the kind of dream that can turn on a hair from a beautiful vision to a nightmare and back again »
- Lynn Lee
Great minds may not necessarily think alike, but they are certainly drawn to other great minds. No matter the medium, an auteur in any field is at once recognizable and respected by their intellectual peers, and that is just the case with the celebrated Akira Kurosawa and his 1990 film “Dreams.” Read More: Watch: Trailer For Akira Kurosawa’s Newly Restored Classic ‘Ran’ “Dreams” marks the first film solely written by Kurosawa, with the magical realist drama spread across eight vignettes. And in "Crows," we follow an art student (a proxy Kurosawa) as he at first admires three very famous paintings by the post-impressionist master, Vincent van Gogh, and is then drawn inside of one — the brilliance of Van Gogh’s succinct brushwork brought to life. It’s the only vignette not in Japanese (in English and French, another rarity for Kurosawa here) and eventually we find another auteur, Martin Scorsese, »
- Samantha Vacca
Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai – Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an ageing warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom amongst his three sons, Taro (Akira Terao – Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu – The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryû – Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). When Hidetora’s youngest son Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, Hidetora mistakes these comments for a threat and banishes him. This allows Taro and Jiro to take the reigns of power unopposed, leading to a brutal and bloody struggle to win absolute power.
Ran is set for release on April 1st.
- Amie Cranswick
The final masterpiece from legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, Ran, which translates as ‘turmoil’, is Kurosawa’s meditation on Shakespeare’s King Lear crossed with the history of Japan’s 16th century Civil Wars and the legend of Morikawa, a feudal warlord with three sons.
Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai – Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an ageing warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom amongst his three sons, Taro (Akira Terao – Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu – The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryû – Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). When Hidetora’s youngest son Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, »
- Gary Collinson
This month on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by Aaron West, Mark Hurne and David Blakeslee to discuss the April 2016 Criterion Collection line-up, update a few theories on the wacky New Year’s drawing, as well as discuss the latest in Criterion rumors, news, packaging, and more.
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Shownotes Topics Wacky New Year’s Drawing Follow-up The April 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up Teases: Kurosawa’s Dreams, Mike Leigh’s High Hopes, Antoine Doinel Phantom Pages: King Hu, some names related to Tampopo Chimes at Midnight poster Artificial Eye announces Tarkovsky titles. Maybe an end to the Andrei Rublev drum? Arrow splits up Fassbinder set, releasing The Marriage of Maria Braun. Janus Films’ new homepage Dragon Inn, A Touch of Zen, The Story of Last Chrysanthemums on Janus new page. Ettore Scola passes away at 84. Episode Links Help Send »
- Ryan Gallagher
6 items from 2016
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