Let me start by saying this film is in no way a historical telling of the real 47 Ronin. That story has been told countless times and in many films before this one. This film is only inspired by that story and good or bad depending on your point of view this is the first "Hollywood" version.
Now that we have that out of the way let me tell what this film is a throwback to good old fashioned adventure…
I did a blind buy of the Criterion edition of Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris and after watching it I don't regret it one bit. It is simply incredible. This is much more than just a run of the mill science fiction film. There are some beautifully shot ideas here.
This film is really on another level compared to the remake starring George Clooney but that one has its qualities as well. See both if you can, but if you only see one watch the original.
There are so many thoughts I have after watching the third and final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Batman Begins was an incredible re-introduction of Bruce Wayne/Batman's origin tale. The Dark Knight expanded on the legend with a story of madness and mayhem.
Now comes the final act of the Dark Knight's epic saga and with it a story of spectacle and drama. Batman encounters Bane (Tom Hardy), a villain who can match and even surpass him in strength…
Pretty impressed with The Sweet Smell of Success. Cinematography was stellar. Shot in gorgeous black & white. Dialogue was unbelievably good throughout.
Burt Lancaster was brutal. Tony Curtis was so sleazy. Everything moved so fast. An abrupt ending but other than that I recommend this film highly.