A gaze through Kurosawa's philosophical kaleidoscope. This was shown to me at school so I should probably rewatch it on my own but I recall being mesmerized by the dreamlike atmosphere and stunning imagery, which elevated the relatively simple premise to a universal rumination on the nature of truth. Or something.
Pretty understated, especially if you saw the second one first like I did (on second thought, I think I saw this one first but was very young so my memory of it was foggy when I saw James Cameron's steroid-infused second film). Anyway, I've heard this called more of a slow-burning horror film than sci-fi action (have specifically heard it called "John Carpenter's 'Halloween' in space") and it's a damn effective one, even if it may require a bit of patience compared to the later films.
Been meaning to rewatch this for years, mainly because many folks consider it one of Lynch's best (if not his best, period) but I was pretty underwhelmed when I first saw it. Just seemed like your standard ambiguously weird n' creepy Lynch and the fact that it reused the distracting "actors playing musical chairs with a single role" gimmick from previous film "Lost Highway" was disappointing to say the least. And though I like a bit of girl on girl as much as the next guy, it seemed pointless and excessive here. It does have its moments though, like the oddly unsettling cowboy scene.
Billy Wilder's tongue-in-cheek lambasting of the film industry via the tale of a screenwriter who stumbles into the dilapidated mansion of an unstable former silent film starlet remains a fascinating portrait of denial and self-delusion as a defense mechanism and the danger of shattering someone's psychological armor. At the center of this grim tale of madness is the majestically OTT Gloria Swanson, who was herself a former queen of the silent screen.
Good for what it is but it definitely seems slight and even amateurish compared to the QT films that would follow. It's engaging mainly due to the quality of actors (though QT himself sucks as an actor, as always) but it all seems kinda student film. The opening discussion about Madonna seems like an unrealistic and self-conscious rough draft of "Royale With Cheese" from "Pulp Fiction". But again, it's fairly entertaining and the cast is good, especially Buscemi and Keitel.
Wow- Stone really puts you right in the action, doesn't he? Guess he saw action himself (and apparently was some kind of super soldier and was awarded The Purple Heart and several other shiny doo-dads- makes sense to me) so he definitely has an agenda with this film and he pretty much succeeds- until "Saving Private Ryan" came along, this had to be the most realistic depiction of combat in film history.
Bonnie and Clyde
Infamous and groundbreaking, this film detailing the titular rampaging bank robber lovers skillfully balances humor, action and drama. Abrupt shifts in tone and high speed chases soundtracked by galloping banjo music aplenty. Violence that is shocking even by today's standards. Fantastic performances by the entire cast. A true game changer.