1. "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami and the Riverside Chaucer

  2. As a kid I caught Highlander 2 on cable before I saw the first one, so it's my fucking jam, although I get why purists hate the film.

  3. Saying purists hate the film when almost everyone who ever saw it hated it is a bit unfair.

  4. What is the Birthplace of the Icewalkers one, I got confused there

  5. These are the craziest ass series of choices I’ve ever seen for Criterion and I respect them all individually and them all together

  6. I’m sorry but this is a pretty bizarre question tbh; it’s like asking “what’s your least favorite favorite movie”

  7. That’s really what it’s asking, kind of an interesting but hard to answer question

  8. Ozu’s “An Autumn Afternoon”. Truly no greater horror than that of becoming old

  9. The Monster Squad, probably the best appearance of Frankenstein's monster in the last 40 years.

  10. I’ve had my fingers crossed for an Ozu boxed set from Criterion for some years now but may go ahead and collect more or his films individually. BFI and Masters of Cinema in the UK have released several that are otherwise unavailable on blu

  11. Honestly, there probably never will be a total box set, he’s more a director they release in individual sets with some periods of his career receiving box sets (usually 3-5 movies)

  12. Never say never! Though you’re right that his body of work certainly lends itself to “era specific” grouping.

  13. I don’t know how many of those era specific box sets you can still buy but they are on the Criterion website.

  14. A Jeff Goldblum closet video wouldn’t involve him talking about the movies in the collection, it would be him smiling, slowly massaging the spines of the movies, and humming to himself the entire time.

  15. IDK, I just think that was them covering their asses/shifting the goalposts when they realized that they bet on the wrong horse.

  16. Except, Mike did explicitly say he’d be a good director and had criticized Abrams heavily as a write before so it’s not without reason that I believe him there.

  17. Nice! I actually have zero criterion’s. And I was leaning towards Tokyo Story for my very first.

  18. Tokyo Story is a wonderful experience and as a person whose first Criterion was also an Ozu (An Autumn Afternoon) I can only say what a wonderful introduction he was.

  19. I mean I think that’s what makes the line realistic. Americans were living in a bubble in some respect

  20. It doesn’t though, because unlike Americans now they absolutely knew about an already raging war in Europe that people were debating over joining.

  21. And that raging war in Europe wasn't really the start anyways, either. It could be argued that the war started in when Japan invaded China in 1937. Hitler didn't invade Poland until 1939, when the European part of the war started.

  22. Which is also a fair perspective, though most people in the world, including the Japanese and Chinese, did not yet see these conflicts as one united war.

  23. For me personally, Days of Heaven is a visually gorgeous film by an incredible director but it’s fairly devoid of the human emotion that usually draws me into a film so while I’m glad I watched it and did take away some wonderful images from it, I don’t feel a need for a rewatch.

  24. I completely agree, and I wish I didn’t find myself so distant from the work because of its characters but I’m a writer not a cinematographer.

  25. All Quiet on the Western Front or a random history textbook I found when I was younger that I cannot remember the name of.

  26. I don't look at ratings. People think it's a grade like high school when it's a percent of people who liked it. Same is true at rotten tomatoes, imdb or metacritic.

  27. No, it’s not. Only Rotten Tomatoes is percentage who liked it. IMDb is the average of scores and Metacritic is a calculation of ratings/reviews that are assigned scores then put into number form between 0 and 100 (Meta’s a little more complicated but it’s more similar to IMDb than Rotten Tomatoes).

  28. True, but for many film composers this is a passion they want to express every day until they no longer can. Ennio Morricone was the same way, and so if John Williams wants to, I’m not one to complain.

  29. Because countries with harsh punishments don't have a lower crime rate. It just doesn't work.

  30. Well, harsher sentences don’t work for offenses that are usually capital offenses in other countries, but nations that have overhauled justice systems have still given life sentences to serial murders. The extreme situation matters because it can happen so you have laws that provide those extreme punishments of lifelong imprisonments to those crimes.

  31. If you put in place laws that allow for ridiculously high sentences, these laws have a high probability of being abused due to overzealous courts and public outrage.

  32. No, they get life sentences or death penalties because that’s just what the laws in place allow. I’m talking about what occurs when you make strict allowances for life sentences for those who commit multiple murders or murder combined with rape.

  33. You have people to watch movies with?

  34. This question is too broad for me to answer, it's like answering what is your favourite american movie

  35. Okay, what’s your favorite American movie, mine is The Conversation.

  36. The bigger question is how the hell did the same guy who made The Frighteners create one of the greatest masterpieces in all of cinematic history.

  37. As we have learned throughout film history, all you need is genuine passion and a strong team around you to create a masterpiece (though sometimes crap can also be the result)

  38. For those who need a bit of a happier ending to this, the vast majority of the images were destroyed by the Smithsonian, who had possession of them, pre-2001

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