An attempt to translate Kiyoshi Kurosawa's remarks on cinema into a letterboxd account.
You may think that Ozu only made movies that had nothing to do with war. But if I'm asked to say what film of his that I like best I reply without hesitation "A Hen in the Wind." He didn't directly show the war in this film, but it's a powerful movie which describes how deeply scarred our country was after the war experience. Ozu had experienced it all himself. He dealt with the war in his own way, and made a masterpiece.
In "One Plus One," there's Anne Wiazemsky in a white dress carrying a sub-machine gun. I can't describe the scene more precisely than that. He doesn't film anything that's out of the ordinary but through costume, set-design and small details... there was one instance where for me, as a Japanese, the impression was created that a warehouse in a seedy quarter of Paris was transformed into the Holy Land in Godard's film. I was totally amazed by the aesthetic sense and imagination shown in his film. I had no doubt that I aspired to become like Godard.
What I really appreciate about Hooper is that he seems to study and research old traditional horror movies very well. But then, he manages to adapt them to contemporary settings. I also like to study and research the old films very thoroughly. But then, you can't just remake them. You have to think how to adapt or adjust them to a contemporary setting. So when I watched Spontaneous Combustion, I started to think that maybe this guy had the same idea about making horror movies as…
I think the greatest characteristic of Clint Eastwood’s films is that they revive the highly developed “form“ of early Hollywood cinema (say, from the 1940s) without ever relying on nostalgic elements. His talent is his firm conviction that cinema is storytelling as well as his confidence that with any story, however he tells it, he can capture the heart of the audience. As a result, he has continually tackled various types of stories, and never tells the same story twice.…