Empire might been the first thing I witnessed in a cinema. Jedi was the Star Wars event when I as kid. Toys, watches, bed spreads and panini sticker albums. Remembered while watching this sending away the tokens for a mail away Nien Nunb figure. Coming back from school and opening the little white mailer box.
What can you say. I think Jedi is my favourite at the moment. Just this visual explosion. ILM working at the height of their powers. Great…
This film is the kick to the balls the day after the birthday party. Everything gets smashed up: People, friendships, Rebellions and Protocol Droids. On top of that you find out the 6'8'' psychopath decked out in black leather is actually yer... and well that's why we hold it closer to our hearts. (2015)
This is the 40th Anniversery that’s been put back into Cinema this summer. First time I’ve seen ESB on a big screen since the 1997…
One of my earliest memories was watching a early Star Wars TV broadcast at Christmas while playing with some metal Star Wars spaceships. I joined in with the trench run, held them up to the TV screen.
This film is still alchemy...
Watched the Despecialized Edition. Beautiful grainy 35mm 1970s film. The colour in this film, specially on Tatooine. I don’t care if there never pull there finger out and release 1977 SW anymore. A wonderful online community that puts love into this preservation stuff.
Goyokin (御用金, Goyōkin, "Official Gold") Gold, Silver or any expensive mined mineral that belonging to the state.
By 1969 colour process started became standard in Samurai cinema, specially at Toho. Indirectly the blood started to flow. Like Kill! Goyokin becomes more Spaghetti Western though that process. Hell, even Masaru Sato’s soundtrack here has direct echoes of Ennio Morricone’s bleak Great Silence score. Both set in the snow.
This is my favourite Hideo Gosha film and Nakadai performance by far. Nakadai…
"You don't understand, Jill. People like that have something inside... something to do with death." - Cheyenne
The greatest opening 30mins I've ever witnessed, all the way up to the crane shot with Jill leaving the station... and then it keeps going, scene after scene: The McBain massacre, Jill's look of despair on the bed, Morton and the Pacific Ocean, the horse tracking shot next to the train, the super close up of Harmonica's sun cracked face and the way…
Kill! ....is the crossroads.
Kihachi Okamoto and Masaru Sato were the first to bring this '*Macaroni Western' sensibility back to a Toho production. Bringing it full circle. Sato's title theme from the get go could of been lifted out any Spaghetti Western over last two years prior.. Our opening town is pure fusion of Yojimbo and the ghost town Franco Nero enters in Corbucci's Django. Broken town looks like a bored **Daimajin picked it up, rung it out like a…
‘Out here in the west it’s difficult to distinguish the instinct for survival... from the lust to acquire power.’ - Brett
I ways find it difficult to talk in length about films I love the most. So won’t over talk this one.
To me a better film than Sollima's Big Gundown. One of finest things in the genre.
Sergio Donati writing dealing in the big Italian themes here 'passive academic turns fascist outlaw when his hand is forced' and vice…
"Yes, I have many friends here. It looks just like a morgue. But look out! It could be one so easily." - El Indio on Mexican town of Agua Caliente
This is when we get down to the ‘nitty gritty’. Possibly the best example of Leone’s work. It’s the high / low mix. Gritty simplicity of 'Fistful' and beginnings of the long form opera of 'GB&U' that was yet to come. It’s the archetype Italian western. It’s dynamics have been…
Still prefer its punchy cynicism to Seven Samurai. Cynicism that would be the DNA for Italian Westerns; more than trying to subvert Ford’s American west. It’s all here. Beautiful wide angle, telephoto shots of the backwater town. The Mifune Sanjuro performance. The dust being kicked up by crosswind. Twisted sadist Unosuke ‘Rabbit’ with his pistol advantage in town full of swords. Just very, very cool movie.
The day period piece samurai movies become something more dangerous and potent.. CHANBARA!
A.Hepburn’s last career run film. I’d heard stuff about this one through the years. Mainly because it was one of those Warner back catalogue films like Performance that never got DVD release, people would clamber over Cable TCM showings in the early 2000’s. Juxtaposition of being essentially Hepburn vehicle that is assaulted, like the violent house invasion in its final act. Alan Arkin’s Bleeker st sadist introduction and bookends the film being a genuine menace and Richard Chenna’s sneaky mediator also.…