Ah yes but he does get an axe in the back for his troubles! Didn't see that coming! Can you have an "ironic magic Negro"?jonp72 wrote:In addition, Scatman Crothers as the "magic Negro" character bugs me a little.
I still have got so many films to see myself including many from your list such as Ziegunerweisen and Radio On. I do like Altered States, but then again I also like Lair of the White Worm, so what do I know! The Long Good Friday is an excellent film that is only marred, as Narshty perfectly put it, by a confusing and badly handled opening. I love Kagemusha but prefer Ran (and I think on the Kagemusha thread most people got more annoyed by the constant repitition of the main theme that I did!)Still Haven't Seen Yet, Any Defenders for the Top 50? Heaven's Gate, Kagemusha, The Age of the Earth aka Idade da Terra (Glauber Rocha, available on Brazilian DVD with English subs), American Gigolo, Bad Timing, The Long Riders, Altered States, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, The Long Good Friday, Forbidden Zone, Pepi Luci Bom, Radio On
Mishima is certainly going to place on my list this time around and I would also like to put Schrader's Cat People remake up there. While the original Cat People was one of the more famous of the Lewton horrors, it has always left me cold and much preferring other films such as The Curse of the Cat People, The Ghost Ship and so on. Interestingly where most remakes fail due to the amount of literalisation and explicitness, Schrader's film felt much more successful to me because of that. No pussy-footing around the subject, if you'll pardon the pun! And of course it was visually stunning, which is a big help!
I'm afraid I've only seen it in that film In The Aftermath: Angels Never Sleep, in which the post-apocalyptic live action is intercut with the Oshii animation, so I would be very interested to hear more about the original.A wrote:Tenshi no tamago Angel's Egg (Mamoru Oshii / Japan / 1985).