Film of the Month
Having seen and loved Rashomon earlier this year I decided to take the opportunity to fill this shameful hole in my viewing. I saw Seven Samurai projected from a near pristine 35mm print at the Prince Charles Cinema, and it was an experience I won't soon forget. The film is engrossing, beautiful and hugely exciting, full of jaw-dropping images. The screening was amazing too; a respectful audience in rapt attention, and even a short interval which gave more of an old fashioned sense of occasion.
Worst of the Month
The fifth Die Hard film marks the series' 25th anniversary by desecrating further the legacy of the greatest American action movie with a teal and orange compendium of every lazy, boring, ugly aspect of the modern action film, carefully sanitised for a 12A. It's an insult to the series and its audience.
I nicked these awards categories from my friend AJ, who has been asking people to fill them out each month for several years at the joblo.com message boards.
Best Actor: Toshiro Mifune - Seven Samurai
Best Actress: Lili Taylor - The Conjuring
Best Director: Akira Kurosawa - Seven Samurai
Best Screenplay: Akira Kurosawa / Hideo Oguni / Shinobu Hashimoto - Seven Samurai
Biggest Surprise: Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning / Haunter
Biggest Disappointment: Kick Ass 2 / Passion
Most Fucked-Up Movie: On Tender Hooks
Best Thing in a Bad Movie: The fight scene: Only God Forgives
“I’m Pretty Damn Sure No One Else Has Seen This”: The Madmen of Mandoras [a.k.a.: They Saved Hitler's Brain]
Person/Character I Never Want to Meet: Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard): Lovelace
“Why Is He/She Still in Movies?”: Brian DePalma - Director: Passion
Ultimate WTF? Moment: The bungee jump - On Tender Hooks
Movie I Finally Got to Friggin’ See: Seven Samurai
Coolest Title: Only God Forgives (shame about the film)
Hottest Lady: Karoline Herfurth - Passion