G has written 18 reviews for films rated ★★★★½ during 2020.

  • Sneakers

    Sneakers

    ★★★★½

    Smashing film. Forgot how good natured this film is. That James Horner soundtrack.

  • Time Bandits

    Time Bandits

    ★★★★½

    Star Wars gets the credit for starting a industry of homer odyssey 80s kids movies. Time Bandits is the actual blueprint for them.

  • The Hidden

    The Hidden

    ★★★★½

    How fuckin’ astonishing that opening is. That doom synth bass tells you something ain’t downtown about this beautiful chaos. Been a while since I’ve seen this one. It plays better now than it did 10 years ago. Love how it’s laced with 87’ mint green everywhere. Police precincts, stolen Cadillacs, mannequin window display fronts to detective shirts.

    Love to watch this on a double bill with Manhunter. Both have this quality of looking like Cop Thriller on the surface from their video covers. Something far more special lurks underneath.

  • Compañeros

    Compañeros

    ★★★★½

    People see this as remix of ideas from The Mercenary. To me, this takes a huge leap past it. It feels like it takes the best parts of all Sergio Corbucci’s films. It’s one of the first Zapata Westerns to take a step away from The Bullet for the General mould.
    That bounding heart of a Ennio Morricone pop theme. The Mexican Revolution as counter culture spirit via the young freedom fighters. Franco Nero and Tomas Milian are at the…

  • Tenchu!

    Tenchu!

    ★★★★½

    Hitokiri (人斬り) Man Slayer / Cutter
    Tenchu (天誅) Heaven’s Punishment

    1969 and the blood starts to flow uncontrollably in Chanbara cinema. Gosha’s follow up to Goyokin, Hitokiri - Tenchu drills down into dark psych like Okamoto’s Sword of Doom. Working like a Shintarō Katsu vehicle of Zatoichi fame. This is very much him trying to break away from the franchise which was winding down after 19/20 films by the late 60s. His production company made this. Nakadai is in this…

  • Kwaidan

    Kwaidan

    ★★★★½

    I know this isn't quite a Chambara for this season I'm doing. But it does include Samurai in some of the stories. I completely missed out Onibaba as well for the same reason.

    After Sollima's Face to Face. Two of my favourite films back to back. No Japanese Toho studio lot film touches this from the same era. Even Kobayashi wouldn't hit these heights in any of his other films in the 60s. A film being jaw-droppingly beautiful and while…

  • The Great Silence

    The Great Silence

    ★★★★½

    ‘They call him Silence. Because wherever he goes, the silence of death follows’


    This is it. Always been drawn to films set in the snow. Fourth act always takes me by surprise Corbucci’s pushing away from his contemporaries here and from shooting in Almeria. Somewhere colder and darker. I think the landscape is driving the pace, feel and inevitability, you don’t have a choice in it. 


    It’s shaky zooms, wonky tone and mutilation tropes of Corbucci. But it’s the doomed…

  • Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

    Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

    ★★★★½

    Last part of Inakagi’s Musashi Trilogy. Possibly the most memorable film in the series. This is the second time he’d had a go at the Musashi Trilogy. He’s also sympathetic to a Sasaki character, in some ways more than the last movie, giving him a tragic narrative leading up to that astonishing ending on the beach.

    Musashi’s choice to play farmer in this period causes bit of backwards movement to me. Don’t get me wrong it’s a vehicle to tie…

  • Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

    Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

    ★★★★½

    Toho made Inagaki into their Victor Flemming / David Lean. The colours in this film...

  • Samurai Spy

    Samurai Spy

    ★★★★½

    This is the business, but don’t mention the N word. 

    Makes a Cold War as fuck film out of the Yagyū Clan. Shinoda’s gets bored of Samurai going about their business and kills a bunch 
    of em’ with shuriken.
    Forgot how much i’m into that latin jazz tinged trad soundtrack. The camera work is so much more energetic in these big open spaces, compared to the claustrophobia of earlier film Assassination. The political fog is still here, of who’s who…

  • Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto

    Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto

    ★★★★½

    Uruwashii : Cultured warrior symbolized by the kanji for "bun" (literary study) and "bu" (military study or arts).

    Toho Technicolour Smasher. Mental Vividness of this film specially in the Battle of Sekigahara. Films in 1954 don’t look like this. Toho made Inakagi into their David Lean and the best was yet to come..

  • A Bullet for the General

    A Bullet for the General

    ★★★★½

    My appreciation for Bullet for the General. Just gets stronger and stronger over the years. It holds a lot memories of watching it with my old man 16 odd years ago as well. What a film. 

    Don’t even think Leone was cutting as deep as this with his characters in 66’ as Damiano Damiani and Salvatore Laurani. This is the best Volonté has given in Almería. Think he got behind the revolution politics. When previously he was anarchist at best.…