Harakiri (1962)

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If you are a fan of action films, you may get tired of all the elitists that spew hate at you for your tastes.  Maybe, you can’t stand dramas because they bore you, or because you don’t like watching things that make you sad or uncomfortable.  You may just want all the movie critics like me to stop bugging you about what movies we like—unless, of course, we want to talk more about the movies that you like (so long as we aren’t mean about it).  I understand.  But what if a movie critic such as I decided to recommend a film that I thought that maybe you’d like?  Would you watch it?  Would you trust me? Continue reading

Rashomon (1950)

Seven Samurai and The Samurai Trilogy catapulted the rest of the world into the newest craze in international cinema in 1954.  But, before they were winning Academy Awards in the United States and filling up art house theaters in New York and London, a movie called Rashomon had lifted the veil off the eyes of the world and onto Japanese cinema.  At no point in history had a film from Japan sent such waves worldwide, asking pertinent questions that bridged cultures and borders while simultaneously embracing elements of cinema that touched all who watched.  If there ever was movie, other than Citizen Kane, that demanded study, it was Rashomon. Continue reading