Since I’m still searching my conscience, mind, and soul, trying to find out what the crap I thought of Sophie’s Choice, I thought I’d just take the easy route and write about the film that I have a clear opinion about. And that opinion, boiled down to one word, is: Lame.
After having traveled all around the world (through movies) for the past several posts (even jumping around time), we’re bringing it back to the near-present (though retaining the foreign, artsy elements so you all don’t get confused) with Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai.
This film is kind of fascinating. It’s a film that blends so many different cultures, genres, themes, and visual leitmotifs together under one banner that one would think it wouldn’t be able to support it all, that it would simply collapse under its own weight. I’m happy to say it doesn’t do that, that it all flows together quite well. The film is about a modern-day samurai named Ghost Dog (played by Forest Whitaker) who occasionally performs hits for the local mob. However, when a hit doesn’t go quite as planned, the mob decides to eliminate him and he decides to fight back. That’s the plot. It’s been done. That’s not the reason to watch this film.
Tyler and I have been making a lot of progress in the past few weeks, especially when it comes to the films that we both need to see. Due to the fact that we are on the same side of the country this summer (and most conveniently in the same apartment) we’ve been watching our “Both” films together. The latest film to get the Ryan-Tyler viewing treatment is the 1968 sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes!
While we get to return home to Southern California for this next review, we seem to have gone back to the year 1942. World War II is in full swing, the kids at home are taking a hint from the war and learning how to swing as well (Okay, that was rather terrible. I’m sorry, alright!) and new fashions start popping up. One of those fashions gave a name to this film and to one of the famous riots that broke out in Los Angeles: Zoot Suit!
Welcome to the next Summer Film Challenge Review! With the 2012 Olympic Games having started, it’s been hard focusing on watching movies when there are so many great events to keep up with in the Games. However, Tyler and I were still able to do something special for this film and see it on the big screen at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. It was a really great experience and we’re looking forward to seeing many more films there in the future. So, without further ado, here’s my review of the classic Vietnam War film, The Deer Hunter!
After finishing with our International Tour of Animation, we come back to America and the real world (kind of) with our second double review of the challenge: Field of Dreams!