This is my first blog post ever. I’ve had an account for awhile, but have never felt that I have had anything significantly interesting enough to blog about that wasn’t covered somewhere else. Hopefully this little experiment will turn out fun. At the very least it should get my creative juices flowing, at the very least it will be a way for me to share some of my favorite things.
Today, it will be my favorite movie: Seven Samurai. This movie is what got me into Japanese and black and white cinema. Akira Kurosawa is an amazing director and this is probably is best known work (along with Rashomon, another great movie to check out). The cinematography, pace, story, and acting are all top notch. Toshirō Mifune especially does a nice job as Kikuchiyo, balancing the oafish style with a certain sincerity and charm. If you enjoy his and Kurosawa’s work, then check out Yojimbo (the basis for the Clint Eastwood’s Fistful of Dollars).
Set aside 4 hours (its a long movie) and watch it, trust me you will not be disappointed (be ready to read subtitles though). It’s worth every minute and keeps your interest through out. I feel its still very much a relevant piece of cinema despite its age (definitely a classic) and tells a compelling story of the people of a village and those who take on the task of protecting them. Don’t believe me?, read this (it’s got Roger Ebert’s review from years ago). Now watch it and have fun!
Until next time (in which I will post a little something about my life and my future, I thought it might all be too much to just tack onto my first post), see you around