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Akira Kurosawa

Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali

Francis Levy | Posted 05.12.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

What makes the masters of twentieth century cinema great was the ambitiousness of their project. Kurosawa's Ikiru ("To Live"), Bergman's Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal, Fellini's La Dolce Vita, Mizoguchi's Ugetsu and Antonioni's L'avventura don't shy away from grappling with life and death.

These Minimalist Japanese Posters Make Hollywood Classics Look Even Better

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.20.2014 | Arts

There's nothing quite like a vintage movie poster, but these beauties from Japan raise the bar. We first spotted them on the tumblr 50 Watts (itself a...

Cows, Sacred or Otherwise: Another Overrated Movies Blog

Jon Eig | Posted 08.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

We all have one. Some of us have two or three. It may be a movie. It may be an actor. But there's no doubt there is some film-related icon that you just don't get. Everybody else loves it, or him, or her, but not you.

The Sufferings of Young Everyman

Francis Levy | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

When you read about the lives of great thinkers and artists, one is forced to note that the human factor is the one thing that is often missing.

Die Hard Without a Vengeance

Francis Levy | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

What if you were told you had 24 hours to live? You could have swallowed a poison capsule by accident or perhaps you had recondite knowledge of Armag...

It's Not a Rehearsal

Francis Levy | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Francis Levy

"It's not a rehearsal" has become a common saw, the laymen's carpe diem, a term that's become as popular as a piece of argot as "sounds like a plan."

The Dangerous and Seductive Beauty of Descanso Gardens

Edward Goldman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

With Passover, Easter and a new Pope competing in recent days for our attention, I was looking for a place to thank all our gods and muses -- whoeve...

Actor Josh Hartnett Toys With Swordplay in Bunraku and Lives to Discuss It

Brad Balfour | Posted 11.29.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Through Bunraku, an archly-stylized swordplay fantasy, Josh Hartnett returns to the genre spotlight. This computer-enhanced tale revolves around a "Man with No Name," and draws heavily on Samurai and Western tropes in an alternate-world dystopia.

25 Foreign Films Even Subtitle Haters Should See

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Reading subtitles is a lot like riding a bicycle. Practice not only makes perfect, soon enough it's second nature so you don't even notice you're doing it. This particularly holds true when you're watching something great.

HuffPost Review: Ironclad

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When it comes to stories that bear transposition to varying eras and settings, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) seems a prime example of a plot t...

Monday Madness: Chatting with Rob Zombie, Danny Elfman, Devo's Gerald Casale and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.22.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Jeremy Renner As Steve McQueen? I'm Not So Sure...

John Farr | Posted 06.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

I read just the other day that Jeremy Renner may take the lead role in a Steve McQueen biopic. If it goes forward, I will be very interested to see the end product, but I would not care to be an angel investor.

Blackberries Off: Ten Essential Movies For Easily Distracted Twenty-Somethings

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

What if we only had a month in which to force our young adult offspring to see ten essential movies before they succumbed entirely to short-form digital content? My own personal picks.

On the Culture Front: Early Kurosawa Films From Criterion and Trust

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

A couple weeks ago, Criterion released a box set of four early films by Akira Kurosawa that have remained relatively unknown until now.

Massacre in an Occupied City

David Peace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Peace

To this day, there is a campaign in Japan to find the real culprit behind the "Teigin Incident". And this is how I came to the story.

For Father's Day, A Few Cinematic Takes On Being A Dad

John Farr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Farr

Prior to this Sunday, why not check out some first-rate DVD titles that examine the distinct challenges of fatherhood, and how we either rise to the occasion or, for a host of reasons, fall short.

How Godzilla Helped Slumdog Sweep the Oscars

Jason Notte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jason Notte

Few could have imagined the impact Godzilla: King of the Monsters would have had when it was released here in 1956, but a half-century later it's the most important foreign film in American history.