Rashomon: An appreciation of the language of Japanese Cinema
Warning: Spoilers! — A long time ago, during those first flourishes of cinephilia that would consume my life, I made it my duty to watch as much as I could. I wanted to experience movies from all parts of the world, all corners of the earth as it were.
Rashomon Trailer Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Finally Sunday, Truffaut's final film
'All you need to make a movie was a girl and a gun'. This quote, attributed to Jean Luc Godard (although he himself claimed it originated with DW Griffiths) is an assertion that has entered film history and has taken on a life of its own. I would imagine that this rather glib statement was a way of Godard continuing his life's aim of deconstructing cinema and it's language. Of course it is not that easy, and nor should it be. To make a great film, even if it includes the girl and the gun, there should be someone to point the gun at and a reason to point the gun in the first place. It has to have a heart to it, something that is threatened, to achieve true greatness.
Finally Sunday Trailer
The Abyss: An open Letter to James Cameron
Dear James Cameron — I have been a fan of your work for as long as I can remember. I first saw The Terminator when I was too young to see it and too young to fully understand it. I loved the action, loved the stone faced bad guy who later became known as Arnold Schwarzenegger, had a secret crush on Linda Hamilton who was far too old for me at the time (which may have been part of the attraction). In later years I re-watched it and enjoyed it even more – loving the use of time travel and probably crapping myself that such a thing could happen. The simplicity of the idea is one that people still discuss today and no other than Stephen Hawking recently raised the specter of Artificial Intelligence taking over the world and destroying humanity. I, like millions of others, latched on to that iconic phrase that Schwarzenegger promises before shooting up the police station - 'I'll be back!' As catchphrases go, it's up there with 'You looking at me?', and 'May he force be with you.'