Enya: ahhhhh oooooo huuuuh ahhhoooo
Me: I would quit my job and be a manservant in your castle if you asked.
Only a few minutes after finishing Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Remains of the Day, I began watching this much-lauded film adaptation. Taking in a story cinematically so soon after reading the work from which it’s derived can be a risk - but in this case, The Remains of the Day was in the warm, caring hands of the Merchant-Ivory team, and the payoff is great.
Anthony Hopkins’ Mr. Stevens may be among the most notable embodiments…
Although it felt maybe a tad overlong, The Yakuza is an expertly-made drama for grownups which explores wistfulness about days gone by and scars from past traumas, lead by Robert Mitchum revisiting the corners of Japan he once knew. There’s a high body count, too, with some action scenes (especially the last once) reminding me of blood spilled in samurai classics and the Zatoichi series, but through an American framing. These characters are deeply wounded throughout, both inside and out; oddly enough, the pain brings forth feelings of grace and understanding in tow.
Week 1: Actor - Lillian Gish
Choosing between Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford to kick off FSDO 2018 was an easy choice for me. Nothing against Pickford at all, but I’ve been impressed by Gish’s monumental career (75 years on stage and in films) and curious to dive into her filmography since I got into film in the first place.
My copy of The Wind starts with an introduction by Gish herself,…
Week 3: Movement - German Expressionism (1920-1927)
Leave it to Murnau to add a serious creep factor to a sunlit beach in the middle of the day.
Although I'd say its German Expressionist traits are a little less in your face than in films like Faust or The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu takes the already-chilling tale of Dracula and ramps it up - not only do these townsfolk fall prey to…