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The Hidden Fortress (The Criterion Collection) <b>DVD</b> ~ Toshirô Mifune
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, for Kurosawa, June 30 2004
Granted, Kurosawa's mediocre is any other director's masterpiece, but still, I thought this 1958 effort fell somewhat short. It doesn't have that incredible narrative crispness that the best Kurosawa has--"Seven Samurai," which is nearly an hour longer, feels about half the length of this film. No, the major point of interest in "The Hidden Fortress" for me was its inspiration of "Star Wars." This won't go down as one of my Kurosawa favorites.
Grade: B-
The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew Pearl
The Dante Club: A Novel by Matthew Pearl
Can I just say ---- Wow! "The Dante Club" is a perfect summer read for literature lovers: it's light enough to allow for rabid page turning but with more substance and intelligence than the standard best seller. The post-Civil War world of 1865 Boston is brought to vivid life, the characters are a delight, and you can just tell that Pearl is having great fun putting his plot together. The novel takes itself seriously enough to keep us engrossed but not so seriously that it forgets to be a joy.
If you liked "The Alienist," you'll probably like "The Dante Club." And no worries if you lack knowledge about Dante or his "Divine Comedy." I'd never… Read more
City of God (Sous-titres français) [Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ Alexandre Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars Visceral and Fabulous, June 23 2004
"City of God" is an adrenaline jolt of a film that for once manages to find a balance between stylistics and substance. The director, Fernando Meirelles, stuffs his movie to the brim with machine-gun editing, swirling cinematography and pounding music, but while this reliance on fancy tricks has ruined other films, Meirelles is so expert at blending them seamlessly into an engrossing story that the viewer quickly accepts them as inseparable from the world of the film. He delivers a deeply emotional and human story that obviously owes much to Scorsese and Tarantino---but his movie feels completely original, never like a rip off. And underneath all of the action and plotting, there is a… Read more