Thursday, February 27, 2003

When feminism gets absurd to the point of humor: Snow Penis

Monday, February 24, 2003

I subscribe to an online DVD rental service run by a very good friend of mine called GreenCine which sends you DVD's by mail. It's like Netflix, only cooler, because I have personal ties with them. I suggest it. I'm signed out for the 8 DVD plan, meaning I have about 16 hours of movie to watch at any given time. And now, The Movies Matt Watches:

1. Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa

The dialogue is completely in Russian, which is strange because all of Kurosawa's other movies are in Japanese. Dersu Uzala is a Goldie mountain man who comes across a Russian team of explorers, the captain of whom he quickly befriends. After many adventures in the wilderness the Captain asks Dersu to live with him in a Russian city whose spelling eludes me. I think pi is in there somewhere. Overall, a visually interesting movie as well as very believable script-wise. To watch this movie you must have patience. It's two and a half hours long but it feels like four. It's worth it though.

2. Yojimbo by Akira Kurosawa

Along with Seven Samurai this is my favorite Kurosawa movie. It was remade into Fistfull of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood. A lone samurai pits two warring clans of a small town against each other. Mifune's best performance I've seen and the movie's good enough to see three times, like I just did.