Kumonosu-jō (Throne of Blood) (1957) - 8,5
Magical film from Akira Kurosawa. The japanese director made Macbeth, play by Shakespeare, the pseudo-script for this film temporally set in Sengoku period in Japan. Very inspired cinematic glance at the eternal tale about the thirst for power led to the limits of sanity and self-integrity of men. Throne of Blood easily transports me into a dreamlike, haunted world but there are a few dragging moments that distract a bit. The nature of the acting is ludicrously caricatural as was customary in this period, this brought good and bad things to my experience but in the end I always like it because everything has a way to flow coherently in old japanese cinema for which I've been lusting these times. Beautiful film, recommended!
Fantastic movie. Probably the best adaptation of a Shakespeare play I've ever seen, though his film Ran (King Lear) is also very good.
Monsters has its fair share of flaws, but I think its accomplishments are by and large *stunning,* especially when one considers the limited resources that it was created with. Not to mention it's got what is simply one of the most beautiful final sequences I think I've ever seen on film--I'd put it right up there with City Lights (though obviously it's very different). Really excited to see what Edwards will do with Godzilla.
Also, really happy to see Alexander Payne getting some love on this thread. He's sort of a local hero where I am, and he's even on the Board of Directors for the local independent theatre I see a lot of films at. I've been an admirer of his work for a long time.