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My favorite director is Akira Kurosawa: the sensai of cinema. Ever since I first saw The Seven Samurai when I was only maybe 15, I simply fell in love with his work. Some of my favorite Kurosawa films, and fav films in general are
The Seven Samurai
Throne of Blood
High and Low
Sanshiro Sugata: The Judo Saga
The Hidden Fortress
and of course there are more, those are just some. As far as im concerned film can't get any better then that, but it we all want to see it try.
Now I'm not so conceded that I would only like the best of the best. My other favorite directors are Sergio Leone and Fritz Lang
Some of my fav Leone films are
The Man With No Name\ The Dollars trillogy
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in America
As for Fritz
I'm also an avid fan of Martin Scorsese
Gangs of New York
and of course just about anything else he can come up with.
Steve Spielberg is also excellent, with everything he's made like
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
War of the Worlds
Despite what the Star Wars nerds say I think that George Lucas is also an excellent director. I enjoyed the new Star Wars trilogy as much as the original. But I think his best work was done in both
Without listing off every director some more of my fav films are
All The Presidents Men
Back to the Future trilogy
The Blues Brother
Bonnie and Clyde
Bowling For Columbine
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari
Cool Hand Luke
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
The Day The Earth Stood Still
The Deer Hunter
The Elephant Man
Enter The Dragon
Eye's Without a Face
The Godfather Trilogy
Good Night and Good Luck
La Grande Illusion
Hannibal Lecter Trilogy
In the Heat of the Night
The Last Temptation of Christ
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Life Is Beautiful
Lost in Translation
L�on: The Professional
The Matrix Trilogy
Million Dollar Baby
National Lampoon's: Animal House
One Flew Over the Kuckoo's Nest
The Rocky Saga
The Royal Tenenbaums
Run Lola Run
The Shawshank Redemption
Six String Samurai
The Superman Saga
The Terminator 1 & 2
The Third Man
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
and the 2003 release of Zatoichi
Those are just some of my favs though, I didn't figure you'd read my complete list.
There is more to Brent then movies, but if you found me on here, chances are that's what I'm going to talk to you about. But just so you know, I'm also a professional Martial artist (mainly in Jujitsu) and I'm a fairly big music fan, I stick mostly to classic rock, but anything else will do. I'm a huge Queen fan. It's a dream of mine to someday make a biopic about Freddy Mercury and Queen, The Life of a Rock God, or you know something along those lines.
All I'll say is to keep your eyes open for the next Scorsesse's and Spilebergs... I have a hunch that they might be Christopher Noland (Steven) and Wes Anderson (Martin). But hey, who knows.
since its October 2006 that I'm writing this, my predictions for some of the next classics coming out soon are going to be The Good Shepard, maybe Flags of Our Father (Eastwood hasn't disappointed us yet), and I'd like to hope the Blood Diamond, but only because I'm a huge Jennifer Connelly and Di Caprio fan.
As far as actor(res)s go I'd have to say some of my favorites are
Steve McQueen, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Redford, Leonardo Di Caprio, Meryl Streep, Robert De Nero, Jennifer Connelly, James Woods, Humpry Bogart, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Sheen, Carrie-Anne Moss, Samuel Jackson, Harvey Kitel, Willum Dafoe... Simply to name a few.
Well since I've already said so much, and even if you didn't read all of it whatever, read this, its important. With film, make sure it means something to you, as long as you can honestly believe that there was heart put into it, it shouldn't matter what anyone else says. Film is made to be great and entertaining for YOU, no one else matters.
If you want to talk to me, send me a message on here, I'm not posting my email address for everyone to see.
The Chamber (1996)
Not a bad concept
I just finished watching this after I just finished hearing about it. I'll say it's not great, but its definitely worth the time to watch.
You have a very dramatic story of a murdering bigot's grandson (who's a lawyer) trying to save his grandfather (Gene Hackman) from his execution in 28 days. Just from their you know the plot is going to thicken.
When I saw this movie had Gene Hackman and Faye Dunaway I said "great I love those actors". It's also got Chris O'Donnell, OK not a bad actor (but does he remind anyone else of Matthew Perry?), and it's even got Bo Jackson.
I was surprised by a few things. One was that, Bo Jackson, despite not having many lines, was quite good at acting. Another less pleasant was that, as much as I love her, Faye Dunaway did not do an overly impressive performance. Watch her in "Bonnie and Clyde" and then compare her to THIS role... you're not even on the same chart. Playing a rich Southern Bell is maybe more difficult for her, but she did have a few good scene's playing a drunk. One thing that didn't surprise me was Gene Hackman. Mr. Hackman is undoubtedly a great actor, is this movie he made no exception. He definitely needs to give thanks to his make up crew, but he certainly delivered the punches. The emotions he showed seemed so powerful, like he's really ready to join in a lynching. But he's also prepared, not ready, but prepared to forgive.
Really i think that the only problem with this movies was the scenes without Gene Hackman. The rest of the scenes made everything seem more like a "Made for TV movie". The chemistry between Adam Hall (Chris O'Donnell) and Nora Stark (Lela Rochon) was played off of more when they WEREN'T together. With better acting this could have been a much better film. But still it was not bad.
Kudos to John Grisham for the novel, It's a good idea, it wasn't played out as well as it could have... But still, it's still worth while watching.
No Man's Land (2001)
A new age "Hell in the Pacific"
I had not known what to expect when I picked up "No Man's Land". To be honest, I wasn't expecting very much, but I must say that now I am left in awe.
Forget about big shoot out scenes, or massive explosions. This had something greater then effects could give you, a situation looked at from two waring sides, as well as the United Nations, and the media.
It's a simple but unforgettable story. A Bosnian and a Herzegovinan, (during the ethnic cleansing conflict in 1993) soldier are stuck in a trench between the two front lines and no one is willing to go in to help them out.
I found this film to be something that seems more like a Godard picture. A hint of French neo-realist in a heavily dramatic tense scene filled with philosophical hints and themes through the story.
"No Man's Land" Is the perfect showing for anyone, its a dramatic story, its a social commentary on any and all sides of war, its a story of hatred to friendship and everything in between. When given the opportunity, I strongly suggest you watch this film. You will most certainly not be disappointed.
The Bushido Blade (1981)
A premature Shogun or Last Samurai at best
When I heard this movie had both cult classic Sonny Chiba, and the infamous Toshiro Mifune, how could I resist! Not to mention James Earl Jones for a little extra flavour.
Yes despite having Darth Vader, The Street Fighter, and Sanjuro (Yojimbo), the main character was instead one of the less popular names, Frank Converse, as the Captain who must retrieve the stolen "Bushido Blade". Retrive the sword stolen from non-other then a band of Samurai who are against the modernization of Japan. The treaty that both the American and Japanese must sign is held in the balance of this sword. The Japanese refuse to sign the treaty until the president of the US receives the "Bushido Blade".
Although much of the history is incorrect, it does still show the kind of comparison of the eastern and western culture you'd expect from this kind of film. Its not a bad film, if you liked the Last Samurai or Shogun, then this one would be one to check out, just do yourself a favor and don't compare it to the ladder two.
Taxi Driver and Fargo in a blender
This is an excellent film to show what the "true colours" of people in North American society. The story is about Samuel J. Bicke, a office supplies salesman who just can't understand why he has to lie to people in order make ends meat. He can't seem to catch a break, he owes money all around and he is Desperately trying to patch up his marriage with his separated wife who is looking for some one else. He's constantly frustrated with his boss and thinks of him as the biggest liar and evil person around but later realizes that he is nothing compared to the biggest liar of all, Richard Nixon.
Niels Mueller did a good job directing the film, some people may not like that most of the film was shot free hand thus making he picture fairly shaky throughout the film. All in all an excellent film definitely worth checking out
The Godfather: Part III (1990)
Very well done
I am not a huge fan of the Godfather trilogy (but I do enjoy them), but I must admit that this is quite a good film. I wanted to see why everyone always beats this movie down. There is absolutely no reason to do so! (Save for Sofia's acting...) I can understand why people wouldn't like this movie though, in this film, you are cheering for a completely different Micheal. In parts I and II you are cheering for the guy who's breaking his way to the top, in III he's at the top, and has seen the errors of his ways, so he wants to make things better. It's because he wants to make things better that people don't like this film.
If you liked parts I and II you probably won't enjoy this as much. BUT if you simply enjoy good film, then this is a very excellent view that I would definitely recommend.