Friday, March 23, 2007
On March 23, 1910 legendary Japanese film Akira Kurosawa was born. In case you have never been fortunate enough to have seen a Kurosawa movie, by all means - fix that. There's many good movies to choose from. Rashomon - one of the best movies ever made about trials, crimes and conflicting witness testimonies. The film is part of most law school curriculums for those looking for a career as a trial lawyer. Yojimbo, a.k.a. the Bodyguard, is another great story. A vagabound landless Samurai warrior helps protect a town of village people from 2 competing crime families that have terrorized the place. Throne of Blood - Samurai Macbeth... simply amazing. And finally, his best known work - Seven Samurai is something you just have to see sometime. Very often, this movie is included in the top 10 of all time. 'Nuff said. Also - do a google image search of LikeTelevision for Kurosawa - lots of cool pix.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
As most of you know - we rotate titles in and out of the download library to keep it fresh and not overwhelm folks with a kajillion titles to choose from. Last week we added a few new downloads but never got around to telling you what was new. Well - better late than never. Just added - a classic French Foreign Film called Rififi. Here's a preview. This was one of the best crime movies ever made, and the story is about an impossible jewel heist. If you like the Sopranos, Oceans Eleven, or the Mission Impossible series, you will love this film. Rififi is the first major film about a bunch of hardened criminals pulling off the crime of the century. It features an amazing scene - when they are pulling off the job, and for the most part.. the film is very very quiet - which adds tremendously to the filmic tension. Of course - crime doesn't pay - and after they pull off the perfect crime - it is, as usual the human factor that does them in. Great movie.
Also new in the download video library is Mind Snatchers starring Christopher Walken and Ronnie Cox. Another terrific movie - way before its time, about a bad seed soldier (Walken) who gets a brain implant device to keep his out of control libido in check. If you liked One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, or The Manchurian Candidate, you'll enjoy this little known gem from wayback. Here's a preview, or you can watch or download the whole movie. Cheers!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Long before he got the creampuff role as Edward R. Murrow, David Strathairn shined in his role as the alien dog bounty hunter in Brother From Another Planet. Directed by John Sayles, who also plays alien dog bounty hunter (2) - these whacked out knuckleheads chase the runaway alien Joe Morton all over New York City. I mean really - that is enough to want to go watch it, but there are a bunch of very memorable scenes that make it even better. A few favorites include - the part where he fixes he ton of old video game machines with alien technology. And i just loved the crazy card trick story on the subway.
Check out Frank Random's funky preview or watch the whole movie. Now available as Flash video - and Realplayer as well.