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Review: MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI Pays Tribute to an Electrifying Actor

Undeniably the most recognizable and prominent actor in the history of Japanese cinema, Mifune Toshiro has not only influenced generations of young performers, who passionately aspire to follow in his footsteps even nowadays, but also forever changed the perception of...

Blu-ray Review: Jump Straight Into Akira Kurosawa's DREAMS

Akira Kurosawa's DREAMS arrives on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection, and it's dreamy.

Gamera Obscura: How THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Improves on SEVEN SAMURAI

Neither the first nor, surely, the last person to argue how Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven remake changes everything by changing the core story to one of revenge, I’ll strive to be original by contending that “everything,” in this case,...

Review: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Shoots for Remake Glory

When you put the word “magnificent” in the title of your movie, you’d really better be able to live up to it. Except, in the case of director Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, the very title's been done before. For...

Blu-ray Review: Akira Kurosawa's IKIRU To Live Again On Criterion

In the early '50s, Akira Kurosawa had the kind of career-high back-to-back film projects that few filmmakers could even approach, much less compete with. With Ikiru (1952) followed by Seven Samurai (1954), Kurosawa made his two best works. The latter...

LA Happenings: Celebrate Kurosawa's Birthday With Screenings At The Crest

World-renowned filmmaker Kurosawa Akira was born March 23, 1910. To celebrate what would have been his 105th birthday (he passed away in 1998), The Crest Westwood movie palace are hosting Sunday screenings of some bonafide classics. Coming up this Sunday,...

Jason Gorber's Cineruminations: STAR WARS, Kurosawa, and a Galaxy to be Explored

Today a rumor - since denied by the man himself - hit that Zack Snyder, he of 300, Watchmen and the upcoming Man of Steel projects, is set to direct one of the offshoot Star Wars films.  Though Snyder says...

It's A Trap! Snyder Says No STAR WARS

[Snyder says nope, no Star Wars movies of any sort on his plate.]Are you ready for the Star Wars franchise to branch out a bit? Because, while the animated Star Wars world has been embracing 'side' stories and parts of...

SEVEN SAMURAI Remake Finds A Director

[Our thanks to Hugo Ozman for the following.]The Weinstein Brothers have been talking about remaking an Akira Kurosawa classic for a little while, and news has just been released that they have signed British director Scott Mann to direct a...