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Three Outlaw Samurai
17 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"The peasants risked their lives. A samurai can do no less." Whoa. This truly was magnificent. I mean, it was just as action-packed as a Lone Wolf And Cub film, but they couldn't be more different (first and foremost, the violence in this one is actually realistic haha). This one was so much more‚¶hmm, elegant. And I mean that in every sense of the word. The fights were beautiful, the dialogue was engaging, the storytelling was heartfelt, the characters were emotionally charged. This was also Hideo Gosha's film debut. Holy crap, what a debut! I have instantly found a "new" favorite director, gotta check out his other stuff. The movie is also timeless. While you can pretty easily tell that the Lone Wolf and Cub series is from the 1970s, this one was made in 1964. Yet, it feels like it could have been made today. Honestly, no complaints; it's a must see.

The Hateful Eight
21 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Bringing guilty men in alive is a good way to get yourself dead."

A good 1 word review for this movie would be "Magical."
(Disclaimer: the word "magical" is owned by Disney)

I know, I know, I swore off reviews a few years ago. But take some slight arm-twisting, and throw in my favorite director, and voilŠ, I'm back! Don't worry, as per usual, I won't mention the plot, but you shall be enlightened all the same.

Well, here we are at Quentin's 8th film (or 9th, if you count Kill Bill twice). It's great to see a director keep so true to form after 23 years, whilst also pushing himself to go further and ballsier than he ever has previously. Tarantino's new "western" actually watches more like a mystery, and it also seems like 2 separate films that star the same characters. It bears a slight resemblance to his debut, Reservoir Dogs.

Before we go any further, I would like to provide some shameless promoting. PLEASE see this in 70mm, aka, the Roadshow Cut. By the way, 70mm film can give you a resolution roughly 3 times that of 4K, and only a small handful of movies have used this film stock. This version is 20 minutes longer than the theatrical version that is about to be released (187 mins vs. 167 mins, but don't fret, it flies by all too quickly); includes a delicious opening overture by master composer Ennio Morricone; there is a 10 minute intermission akin to long movies from the 1960s (beware, it really is only 10 minutes, and important shit happens almost immediately after the break, so either go potty quickly, or just stay put); and most importantly, this version features different scenes and cuts that Tarantino thought looked better in the glorious 70mm rather than on normal screens. Oh, and you get a nifty little 14 page booklet too :)

Ok, soary a boot that. I get giddy as a schoolgirl when I talk about something I adore.

Do you remember the last scene in Pulp Fiction (the diner), or the basement pub scene in Basterds, or the dinner table scene in Django? These scenes were all wrought with dialogue-driven tension, forcing you to never blink or breathe. Welp, that's kind of what this ENTIRE movie is like...or at least the first 100 minutes. But alas, eventually the blood must flow, or rather, this is Tarantino, so it gushes.

Needless to say, I loved every minute of it. Among my favorites, but it's no Pulp/Basterds. Then again, I've seen those innumerable times, and this once, so who knows. His movies tend to get better every time you rewatch them (this is also true for Mr. Kubrick). If you are a casual moviegoer, you may want to avoid this one. If you like Tarantino films, you will not be disappointed.

Gravity (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Clear skies with a chance of satellite debris." This one definitely 'pulls' you in...hehe...sorry. But seriously, I was expecting to be wowed, and I was still blown away. Damn, that was a long 7 years! Following up Children Of Men is practically impossible, but if anybody could do it, it's Cuaron. I think I still liked CoM slightly more, but purely based on the setting and a few technicalities. Gravity still gives you the "you are there" element, with the picture perfect cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki; give that guy the Oscar, right now. We started hearing rumors awhile back that the opening shot was going to be a 20 minute take in space. Seeing it to be true is unreal. It makes me so happy to see that this has been a success and was at the top of the box office 3 weeks in a row. It's a testament to the fact that great movies can still earn their worth. (Can you tell that I loved this movie?) Quick fun fact: Ed Harris plays the voice of Mission Control in Houston, his same role from Apollo 13. How fitting. Sandra Bullock is definitely getting nominated, and I hope she wins, because not only is it deserved, but this performance has really made me do a 180 on her. I didn't used to think of her as a capable actress, and usually shrugged at the mention of her. Those feelings have vanished, and I hope she picks some more solid roles in the near future. Clooney was good, but that's old hat haha. Buzz Aldrin said it was '"remarkable," and that he "was so extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity." Cool. Now I'll end this review by also agreeing with James Cameron: "it's the best space movie ever made."

8 1/2
8 1/2 (1963)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"The truth is: I do not know...I seek...I have not yet found. Only with this in mind can I feel alive and look at you without shame." Now that's filmmaking! This was the 6th and final film of the Oak Park Movie Night, and I couldn't be happier with that decision. Definitely a movie for film buffs. The film is pure poetry; extremely philosophical and thought-provoking. Basically, it's about a guy who wants to make the best film ever, so you follow him through his trials and tribulations. Helluva performance by Marcello Mastroianni, gotta see some more with this guy. Actually, this was probably one of the first good films to use dream sequences successfully. Yep, no complaints. Definitely gonna use this film as a reference for Italian cinema.

Ninja Scroll
Ninja Scroll (1995)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"The only sound you'll hear, is the sound of your own voice screaming." Saw this one on a whim, just cuz a few people have recommended it, and since I have a positive bias towards the samurai stuff. Was very pleased to see that it was entertaining as hell and actually full of heart and soul. It is extremely gruesome, so, umm, don't eat a big meal beforehand. Hard to believe this is already 20 years old. Felt like a precursor to all those 'demons and dark magic' anime, but maybe I just haven't seen enough of those to tell. Yeah, twas great fun.