The devastating sound of Martin Scorsese's Silence
Two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) are told a rumour suggesting their mentor (Liam Neeson), who had travelled to Japan to spread the gospel, has apostatised (renounced his faith), taken a wife and is now living the life of a Japanese. The two young priests set out for Japan to find their teacher, discover the truth and bring him back to God.
The epic intimacy of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai
1950s Japan was a very futile time for movies with some of the greatest and most artistic films ever made being released. It was a time of Kurosawa, Osu, Mifune, Honda and Mizoguchi, filmmakers whose influence have left an indelible mark on our cultural history. They introduced Japanese culture to the rest of the world, giving us everything from samurai to gigantic monsters with the minutiae of family life in between. It also marked a wider re-emergence of Japan onto the world stage after the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Seven Samurai954 Trailer
In Defence of the Star Wars Prequels
Notes before we begin: — 1. Some people are not going to agree with me. 2. There is absolutely no attempt at objectivity. 3. If you haven’t seen the Star Wars Prequels yet, beware, there are major SPOILERS ahead.
Rogue One: Star Wars Strikes Back!
Back in 1978 I saw a film which was sweeping the earth called Star Wars. It is the first film I can remember seeing in the cinema and my overwhelming memory is the length of the queue. It spilled out of the door, into the street and around the corner. Of course, years later it is obvious that the building is not actually that big and I doubt the wait was that long. The point is the impact this film had on me. It was very much a formative film for me and in many respects it was the birth of my lifelong love of movies.