Miyamoto Musashi (宮本武蔵) has a legendary status in Japan. This 1954 Japanese film by Hiroshi Inagaki starring my favourite actor Toshirō Mifune was the first film of Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy of historical adventures. The screenplay was an adaptation of Eiji Yoshikawa's novel Musashi which is loosely based on the life of the famous Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. In the 50's was a real hit and it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (1955). If you want the full story, I'll suggest to check the other two films in the trilogy : Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple and Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island.
It is a movie with a simple message but delivered in such a way that nothing is missing: from depth of contemplating moral dilemmas, to love, meaning of life, urge to explore, fighting (very realistic - no flying swordsmen here)... it is a real smorgasbord of subjects! The story starts following the battle of Sekigahara (1600 AD), where Takezo (Toshirō Mifune) and his friend Matahachi (Rentaro Mikuni) find themselves on the losing side. Instead of the grand victory and glory Takezo had anticipated, he finds himself a hunted fugitive... I won't be retelling the full story, but at the end film shows Takezo being granted his samurai name 'Musashi Miyamoto' leaving to search for enlightenment!
Superb acting with some minor editing glitches and very enjoyable directing of the best cinematography at the time! Traditional music won't win too many fans but for me worked well... Recommended for everyone with real interest in film history!
Not many movies can have food as their main subject, and bad habits is all about food! Yes, there is rains too... that aren't enough to wash away the sins of overeating and under-eating... Well executed movie, precise, well-cast debut from director Simon Bross. A lot of irony with well balanced humour mixed with different attitudes toward indulgence and deprivation. Watch it...
Chris Eska made this period drama in a fashion which was very heavy on the viewer. Well acted from Ashton Sanders as Will, Tishuan Scott as Nate, Keston John as Marcus and Bill Oberst Jr. as Burrell, the story wasn't deep enough to keep me involved and satisfied.
In 1864, as Civil war ravages the nation, but the slave-owners and traders, as well as bounty hunters keep working. The story follows Will, a fatherless 13 year-old boy, who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang. He is a bite for runaway slaves in order to lure them back to the South. But, the last mission is the most dangerous one. Our heroes go into the free North to find Nate, a fugitive freedman. Things go wrong and Will and Nate find themselves on the run...
I really wanted this to be a lot better. It's definitely not a bad film, but it did test my patience few times. It was evenly paced but there was not much originality in it. Solid directing, shallow script and nice photography.
This is an American romantic comedy released in the United Kingdom as Say When, and directed by Lynn Shelton. The director have explained that choosing the title "Laggies" was a complex decision because she had never heard of the term laggies before making the film. Screenwriter Andrea Seigel insisted it was a common term for adult slackers, but Shelton soon realized that no one except Seigel had heard of laggies before. The movie had solid directing and a little bit shaky written screenplay. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Kaitlyn Dever, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, Mark Webber, and Daniel Zovatto. They really didn't have any special performances and those average roles were executed standardly well, with no excitement or anything to be remembered.
Story is told around Megan (Keira Knightley), who is an aimless twenty-something. She is in a committed relationship with her high school sweetheart and is still close with her high school friends. The problem appears when, at her friend Allison's (Ellie Kemper) wedding, her boyfriend unexpectedly proposes marriage. At the same time she sees her father cheating on her mother, and shocked and confused, she leaves the wedding. Trying to buy some snacks on the way home, she meets a teenager Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her friends. After buying them alcohol, Megan plays with their skateboard, and joins them on their night out...
A film for DVD, you will notice good directing and Keira Knightley good performance. Everything else is unnoticeable.
Very likable British-French-American comedy-drama written and directed by Israel Horovitz in his feature directorial début. He had previously directed 3 Weeks After Paradise, a 51-minute testimonial from 2002 about his family's experiences following the September 11, 2001, and events surrounding the New York's World Trade Center. I am not sure what to say about that one, and what category belongs to - maybe a corporate "documentary" order!? Back to this one in which we have some of the best cast I could imagine starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Dominique Pinon. I really think that the acting alone deserves this movie to receive positive review.
Mathias is a washed out New Yorker, who after three divorces is penniless. After his estranged father's death he inherited an apartment in Paris and he wants to sell it quickly and start a new life back in US. Arriving in Paris, he discovers a refined old woman, Mathilde, living in the apartment with her daughter, Chloé.
Our hero quickly learns that the apartment is a "viager" - an old French system for buying and selling apartments - and that he will not actually get possession of the apartment until Mathilde dies. Disappointment quickly grows when he finds out that he, in addition to that, has to pay the old lady a life annuity of 2400 a month. He contemplates his next step, stuck in Paris, paying rent to the old lady with his father's gold watch...
Insignificant director with tolerable script in enchanting environment and excellent acting - this pretty much summarize the whole movie.