Movie Diary 10/4/2011

Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950). I thoroughly enjoyed re-visiting this film and then participating in a panel about it in Vancouver, B.C., to a group of legal people at a very well-run conference. Critics talk about this movie as though it’s got a layer of well-regarded dust all over it, but it really is awfully good.

Fear X (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2003). Catching up on this barely-released movie by the director of Drive. It’s not a complete success but you can sure see there’s a filmmaker there, and John Turturro is in disciplined manner.

Rollerball (Norman Jewison, 1975). Still a bad movie, all these years after seeing it in 70 mm. at the Cinerama theater on first release. Jewison was susceptible to the prevalent styles, and the film is very mid-Seventies in its look and narrative rollout. James Caan had a tendency to make mistakes like this.

At What a Feeling!, we throw back to the 1980s for Fred Zinnemann’s final film, an obscure personal project called Five Days One Summer, and Stephen Herek’s Critters, which was not so obscure.

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