Did they really say “sheeeeyit” in the 1600s? Yes, it was the subtitles, but it seems like they would have had a more clever word for expressing: “I can’t believe my misfortune.” Finally finished watching The Seven Samurai this afternoon. Overall, it was a good movie, but a little too long. Very epic. The hyper Samurai, who used to be a farmer, was just so over the top – he was kind of the Jar Jar Binks of Seven Samurai.
This film definitely deserves to be on a “greatest films” list. When you think about the plot, it seems fairly simple and boring, but it’s so real. You can feel their pain of living in poverty and needing the bicycle to have a better future. And the cycle continues. Great movie, and the ending was very appropriate.
75 to go!
The Sting was really fun. No wonder it was one of the Top 100! A young Robert Redford makes a great con man. What made me laugh during this movie was how easy it was to con people before technology, Internet, cell phones etc. The availability of open/free information just evens the playing field of knowledge. (Reminds me of the real estate agent chapter of Freakonomics). Anyway, this movie was definitely fun to watch. Oh, side note that I’m very curious about: What year did the “N word” move from general description to taboo? They used it at least twice in this film, it was very odd. It’s amazing how films essentially take a snap-shot of culture/attitudes of how it was at a specific time – without even specifically trying to.
I watched #08, Doctor Zhivago (Two-Disc Special Edition), last night. I thought it was going to be pretty cheesy, and it was, but something about it was just really good. It was sad, and predictable, and very 1965, but it makes you think about people and history, and how life is predictable and complicated and predictably complicated.
Only 31 more to go!