The 47 Ronin- 1941 Mizoguchi

I'm not sure how often I'll do reviews on the site but I had to send up a quick flare after watching Mizoguchi's The 47 Ronin on TCM. I was lucky to catch it. It's nowhere to be found on amazon, bluray, or anywhere else right now (in fact i'm keeping it on dvr to watch again before i lose it).  Perhaps because it's so hard to locate a copy of it's also nowhere to be found on the They Shoot Pictures Don't They (great site here http://theyshootpictures.com/) composite top 1000 ranking. Even Rotten Tomatoes only has 3 total reviews. It's

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RIP – John Hurt

Really sad to lose John Hurt. He was an amazing actor and has 22 archiveable films (which is astounding) over a 50 year period. 22 archiveable films, 2 nominations for midnight express and the elephant man…. 8-9 best films that were top 10 top 10 of their year. He’s worked with Von Trier and Jarmusch among other great auteurs. I think 3 masterpieces: Alien, Dead Man and Melancholia. 1966- A Man For All Seasons 1978- Midnight Express 1979- Alien 1980- Elephant Man 1980- Heaven's Gate 1984- 1984 1984- The Hit 1990- The Field 1995- Dead Man 1995- Rob

RIP – John Hurt2020-07-03T10:31:44+00:00

Best Directors in the World 2017

Top 10 Directors Current list Here’s my annual stab at listing and ranking the best directors on the planet. Usually I look at the last 10 years’ worth of work with a heavy emphasis on even more recent work in the last 3-5 years. I am a massive believer in the auteur theory so I take into account not only who directed great films but the level of personal visual style and reoccurring themes. Iñárritu - The back to back masterpieces in 2014 (birdman) and 2015 (the revenant) are impossible for anyone else on this last to match.

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