Sep 1, 2013

The Month in Movies: August 2013

Film of the Month
Seven Samurai
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
A Good Day to Die Hard
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 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

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