What did we learn?
Don't join a dang cult. Join a gym.
For your health.
"They say there's no such thing as bad people. Only bad situations."
A rare flash of empathy in a genre too dominated by moral extremes (good cops vs. bad criminals, bad cops vs. badder criminals). Unfortunately, the film's pat ending undermines this theme, but not to the detriment of the filmmaking and performances. Takashi Shimura has to be one of the most underrated actors of all time. While he's usually cast as an older man shaped by his experiences, he…
Kristen and Annie do a Harold?
I wanted to like the Rosé-fueled first draft vibe more than I did, but my partner LOVED it, and that's good enough for me. Those expecting a Bridesmaids follow-up, beware. That said, this movie and MacGruber would make the *perfect* midnight double feature.
Shocked that Hollywood never tried to remake this one. Mifune is in full James Dean mode and it's glorious. I also love how Kurosawa uses diegetic music not just to set the mood up top, but as a dramatic device woven throughout the film. The villain heralding his own arrival on guitar is particularly effective (and chilling). Is that where Leone got the inspiration for Harmonica in Once Upon a Time in the West? *Cue Morricone score*
It's astounding to me that a film so dependent on nauseating facts manages to be so damn entertaining. A little bit gonzo, a little bit Brecht, a lot of Errol Morris, and yet oh so McKay. You can even see early flashes of Succession's title sequence in several of these Nicholas Britell-scored montages.