Sansho the Bailiff is a brutally heart wrenching film about a family… MoreSansho the Bailiff is a brutally heart wrenching film about a family torn apart and sold into slavery despite their wealth and family name. The film explores themes of redemption and acceptance as well as kindness and staying true to oneself and morality. Beautifully filmed with amazing landscape shots and plenty of long shots, Sansho the Bailiff is stunning to watch and filled with emotion. It's more a drama and doesn't contain traditonal samurai battles but rather keeps the story and characters the sole focus, and this gives it humanity and helps connect the viewer. Highly Recommended for Japanese film lovers or Classic film fans that want an emotional but utterly hopeful drama.
"All is Lost" is a tale of survival against nature and pits man… More"All is Lost" is a tale of survival against nature and pits man against the treacherous and vast ocean. Known simply as 'Our Man' (Robert Redford) is sailing solo when he awakens from a night's sleep to a flooded cabin in his boat, due to hit hitting a dropped metal storage container floating above the ocean's surface, and his struggle to salvage what he can and assess/fix the damage. In the flood his radio and the boat's batteries are destroyed thus cutting him off from communication and control of his boat. He does a rough patch job of the whole in the side of the ship and pumps out what water got into the boat but a harsh storm follows and flips the boat and capsizing it. Our Man is able to get an inflatable safety raft blown up beford hand and once away from the sinking ship, he slowly and carefully gathers what he can from it including much need water and food among other supplies. For the next several days he must ration his food and water and he charts a norther course where he is being carried to in the raft. The most frustrating part is that cargo ships pass him, several of them, but he isn't able to get their attention despite his multiple flares and desperate screams with what little voice he has left. Hit last ditch effort to get what seems to be the last cargo ship's , his water has been compromised and thus his time cut even shorter, attention he sets a fire in his raft. It very quickly gets out of control and he is forced to jump off as it consumes the raft and he slowly sinks below the ocean as the world and life slowly fades away. Will the ship see him and save him before he inevitably drowns or will he simply be another lost soul that the great oceans of Earth have claimed?
Over the course of the film there is only a small handful of dialogue. Most of the running time is spend simply observing Redford in his struggle for survival and nature's unrelenting and merciless assault upon him. Still, Redford commands the screen and his plight is both honest and very believable. It says something about an actor when you can control the screen without dialogue and still hold the viewer's gaze and undivided attention. "All is Lost" is a simple but powerful film and while deliberately paced is a solid and suspenseful film worth your time.
An undistributed masterpiece that Orson Welles cemented his genius in… MoreAn undistributed masterpiece that Orson Welles cemented his genius in film with his debut of "Citizen Kane". "Citizen Kane" is the story of one man, but is portrayed so genuine that it truly represents humanity as a whole. A gripping and captivating film that stays with you, in your thoughts and dreams. Everyone, whether a film lover in touch with many classics or someone who wants to see film in a way that revolutionized the film industry and to this day has a huge impact with all those watching the smoke ascending to the night sky.
I remember watching this flick back in 1997 in theaters with my best… MoreI remember watching this flick back in 1997 in theaters with my best friend Brad, we were both 11 years old and somehow we got in alone to see it despite "Mimic" being R rated. I always held a fondness for it as it has memories of childhood nostalgia with my still very good friend. This left me a bit nervous for the upcoming Director's Cut of the film and how it would stack up now. Back in the day I had no clue who Guillermo del Toro was or that he would grow to be a personal favorite modern director of mine, but how would this older flick compare with the rest? I walk away now after having not seen it since theaters, very happy. The film has the creepy atmospheric feeling that del Toro is known for and a very disturbing storyline that is really well done. The film looks and sounds incredible on Blu-ray and while the Director's Cut of the film only adds seven minutes to the previous theatrical version, you know this is the definitive version that del Toro has been wanting to release for years. I could not be more happy and impressed with the release as well as all it's extras that really help add to the film, Highly Recommended!