17 – Seven Samurai (1954)

I'm not sure why this samurai went to battle with his bare ass out.

I’m not sure why this samurai went to battle with his bare ass out.

Here’s an old one,1954,you wouldn’t think it from the dialogue.There’s some good insults in it that are still used frequently these days.The wipes are pretty good from scene to scene,they look quite animated.In 50’s films they all have a dissolve but in this it’s all Left-to-right fade thing.The earliest ones I’ve ever seen.The plot sees a crap village that regularly gets ambushed by bandits,hard asses,and they decide to hire some Samurai’s to kill the buggers.They rationalize that they need 5 so they get 7,and some are pretty shite.The Samurai train the farmers to fight,build fences and moats and instill a team spirit in them.As the farmers finish harvest they get ready for a big battle.Some the Samurai seem pretty Calais when they’re picking them off and counting numbers.I didn’t like this film,man was it a hard watch,i kept getting sleepy or bored and had to pause it.It’s not for me then.

IMDB RATING      –     8.7
MY RATING     –    6.7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  WAY TOO LONG.

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43 – Spirited Away (2001)

Flying dog/dragons and shit.

Flying dog/dragons and shit.

Spirited Away is another whim-sickle film from Studio Ghibli. It follows the same sort of genre as many of their others,it has spirits, ghosts, monsters, spells, dragons and curses.And like the others it features a young child,a girl called Chitiro or Sia,as the lead.The girl gets transported off to some spirit work by mistake while out on a walk with her parents.Throughout the course of the films she’s trying to save her parents and get home but there’s loads of obstacles in her way.Visually there are some interesting looking characters knocking around the bath house in the spirit place and the story’s not too bad either.There are a few bits where the plot seems to be moving a little slow,a few scenes running just a few seconds longer,but if keep noticing them then it seems to add up.I watched the dubbed version with the subs just to see which was better and i think the dubbed is better.The text with the subs isn’t as accurate as what they’re saying.A good Ghibli film,i did prefer Howls Moving Castle myself.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7.6
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WORTH A WATCH,ONCE.

104 – Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Pre-pubesent topless scene,sure why not?

Pre-pubesent topless scene,sure why not?

Graveyard for the Fireflys is a Japanese anime film about some war.I wasn’t the best at history in school nor did i care for it so i’m going to say it was a war with America.Correct me if i’m wrong.The story is about a teeanage boy and his kid sister and their struggle to stay alive.Their home is hit in an air-raid and so is the shelter,where his mother was,so they are left with no home and no mother.The father all the while is a naval office fighting the yanks.Thentwo kids grab what they can from their old house and make there way to an aunt.The aunt is  atoatal hardass to them so they say ‘fuck it’ and pack all their things and move into a derelict room/tunnel thing beside a lake.I won’t spoil it for you but everyone dies in the end.Not a bad anime,i think it could work really well as a live action.As sad as this film was i wasnt moved,but a live action version would bring down the house.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  OKAY.QUITE SAD.THE ONLY REASON I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND IT IS BECAUSE
I CAN THINK OF BETTER ONE’S I’D RECOMMEND FIRST.

108 – Yojimbo (1961)

Lassie everyone!A big hand for Lassie!(*clap clap clap)

Lassie everyone!A big hand for Lassie!(*clap clap clap)

A samurai finds himself un-employed after a dynasty is toppled.He wanders aimlessly through the countryside and lands in a small town where there’s two business men and their gangs fighting each other.He stirs up the fighting and offers his service as bodyguard to both of them.He plays them off each other constantly going back and forth between the two rival gangs.It seems like all he wants is money,but later on we find he does have a conscience as he kills his employers men in order to free an old mans wife so they can get back together.He gets found out and gets the shit beaten out of him but escapes.Then there’s a big fight at the end.Not much of a film,i’m not sure why it’s placed this high.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO
OVERALL     –  MEH

131 – Ran (1985)

I'm losing it buddy....

I’m losing it buddy….

Ran is about the dangers of letting a series of strokes go unnoticed and the debilitating effects it can have on the cognitive and basic functioning of man.Well maybe that’s not the main theme of the film but there are three or four i noticed.That proverb;power corrupts and all that.That’s a big theme,in the beginning when everyone is equal things are good but as the plot progresses and power become an issue that’s when we see so called ‘family’ do some rather rash things.Another proverb that i think is quite apt in describing this film is;behind every good man is a good wife,or something to that effect.However in this case it should read:behind every good man is a conniving evil ,power hungry,psycho bitch.Putting all that aside for a moment,i found Ran to be an enjoyable yearn.There’s some really good action scenes,one notable scene is the fight at tower 2 with the old lord still remaining in the tall tower.The fire looked so real,not a fake gas burner to be spotted.The ending seemed a little like Hamlet in the way that every notable character got kiiled and wiped out in the final scene.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  MADE IN 1985,BUT IF YOU SAID 1995 OR 2005 I WOULDN’T HAVE NOTICED.

164 – My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

i found this whole bath scene a bit weird

i found this whole bath scene a bit weird

My Neighbor Totoro is about a family who move to a new house in the woods. Totoro means troll in Japanese.But this troll can show himself to people that he wants to,otherwise he’s invisible. This is a good studio Ghibli so you know it’s going to have that aesthetic beauty to it.There are a few plot bits missing in the story. Throughout the film the family are visiting there mother in the hospital but we never find out what it is.It’s implied she’s been there for ages too.Great music in the film,sounds like an old snes game or something.Dakota fanning did some voice work on this.She was born 1994 and this film came out 1988…             I guess this film maybe had a later release date for an English dub.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     8
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD.A CLASSIC KIDS FILM.SOME INTERESTING CHARACTERS.I.E THE CAT BUS