Rashomon

Dir: Akira Kurosawa, 1950. Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori. Asian Cinema.

Rashomon"It's human to lie. Most of the time we can't even be honest with ourselves."

—The skeptical commoner's response to the conflicting testimonies sums up the plight of man in Akira Kurosawa's multilayered film.

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Robbie Ikegami
Feb 17, 2012 5:04pm

The King of Marvin Gardens

Dir: Bob Rafelson, 1972. Starring: Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn. Drama.

King"Get your ass down here fast. Our kingdom has come."

—Jason Staebler's enthusiastic message to his younger brother David characterizes the delusions of grandeur in Bob Rafelson's 1972 film.

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Robbie Ikegami
Feb 8, 2012 5:10pm

The Wild Child

Dir: Francois Truffaut, 1970. Starring: Francois Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Cargol, Francoise Seigner. Foreign. French.

The Wild Child"I wish that my pupil could have understood me at this moment. I would have told him that his bite filled my soul with joy."

—Dr. Itard reflects upon his discovery of the feral boy's sense of justice in Truffaut's 1970 film.

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Robbie Ikegami
Jan 25, 2012 5:07pm

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Dir: Robert Zemeckis, 1988. Starring: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy. Children's.

 Who Framed Roger Rabbit"The problem is I got a fifty-year-old lust and three-year-old dinky."

—Baby Herman's irreverent response to being labeled a ladies' man pushes the envelope of cartoon decency in Disney's groundbreaking film from 1988.

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Robbie Ikegami
Jan 18, 2012 6:56pm

La Haine

Dir: Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995. Starring: Vincent Cassel, Houbert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui. Foreign. French.

La Haine“It’s not the fall that kills, but the way you land.”

—Hubert’s philosophical metaphor of falling is emotionally applied to survival in the projects in 1995’s La Haine.

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Robbie Ikegami
Jan 11, 2012 5:46pm

Lady Vengeance

Dir: Chan-wook Park, 2005. Starring: Yeong Ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo King, Yea-young Kwon. Asian Cinema.

Lady Vengeance"Everyone makes mistakes. But if you sin, you have to make atonement for it...Big atonement for big sins. Small atonement for small sins."

—Geum-ja's (played by Yeong-ae Lee) words to her young daughter Jenny serve as an emotional lesson in morality from Chan-wook Park's 2005 Lady Vengeance.

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Robbie Ikegami
Dec 26, 2011 8:27pm

Down by Law

Dir: Jim Jarmusch, 1986. Starring: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Ellen Barkin. Cult.

Down by Law"I am no criminal. I am a good egg. We are. We are a good egg." 

—With this, the bouncing Roberto Benigni's "Bob" brings his two new friends together in Jim

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Robbie Ikegami
Dec 20, 2011 11:45pm

Husbands

Dir: John Cassavetes, Starring: Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes. Comedy.

Husbands final"Like I've been telling my wife for years: 'Aside from sex,’ and she's very good at it, goddammit, 'I like you guys better.' I really do." 

—So proclaims Harry, brazenly played by Ben Gazzara in Husbands. This bromantic refrain of love for his two friends characterizes the crass, yet affectionate honesty of John Cassavetes's 1970 comedy about life, death, and freedom.

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Robbie Ikegami
Dec 16, 2011 5:23pm

Day for Night

Dir: Francois Truffaut, 1973. Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Francois Truffaut. Foreign. Language: French, English.

Day for Night"We meet, we work together, we love each other, and then...pfft...as soon as we grasp something, it's gone." 

— The aging actress Severine’s (played by Italian starlet Valentia Cortese) astute lament on the intangible nature of filmmaking resounds the yearning romance of all art in Francois Truffaut’s 1973 film, Day for Night.   

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Robbie Ikegami
Dec 12, 2011 9:41pm

September

Dir: Woody Allen, 1987. Starring: Elaine Strich, Denholm Elliott, Mia Farrow. Comedy.

September“It’s hell gettin’ older, especially when you feel 21 inside.” 

— A sobering reflection made by the aging Diane, brashly played by the vibrant, and still very alive at 86, Elaine Stritch, in Woody Allen’s 1987 drama, September.

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Robbie Ikegami
Dec 7, 2011 6:24pm
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