Drunken Angel is notable if for no other reason than it marks the first collaboration between Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa, a legendary partnership that would go on to produce such classics as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood, and many others. A defining statement Drunken Angel is not but to see Mifune’s budding acting prowess and Kurosawa’s artistic purpose come into focus amid the rubble of post-WWII Japan is enthralling enough for cinephiles and the uninitiated alike to track this one down.
Bruce Willis & Joseph Gordon-Levitt play the same person. Coming September 28th, 2012. One more reason I can’t wait for next year.
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Ambrose Heron at Film Detail:
In other #IMAX news THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) prologue was fantastic. Nolan blending DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) with LICENCE TO KILL (1989)!
I wouldn’t know — they didn’t show it in front of my Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol IMAX screening.
A Christmas Tale is a powerhouse of French cinema, wondrously scribed and superbly acted by a stellar cast including a especially weaselly performance by Mathieu Amalric. It’s a bitter pill in contrast to the heart-warming, sugary confections on repeat at Christmas time but Arnaud Desplechin’s honest portrayal of a dysfunctional family coming together during a time of crisis will stick with you long after the diabetic coma of Hollywood holiday theater has worn off.