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2 down a lot to go. - Karin Michelle Stewart-Baxter
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2 down a lot to go.
I can cross two more movies off my list.

I watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Rashomon last night.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest gets a 9/10. I tried to think of negatives about the movie and I really couldn't come up with any other than that bitch nurse, but we're supposed to hate her. The reason it gets a 9 instead of a 10 is I never give out 10s. The acting was superb, and the story was amazing. Not to mention Jack Nicholson is fucking hot as hell in it.

Rashomon was a bit disappointing. I should have known I wouldn't like it a whole lot, considering I'm not a huge fan of old Chinese movies. (Unfortunately there are a few more on the list.) The storyline was intriguing, for which I can't even give credit to the movie itself. It was a short story. 2 of the main characters kept laughing very poorly and it was very distracting. There were far too many instances of no dialogue which made it hard to keep interest, and there was no beautiful cinematography to make up for it. It gets a 5/10, only redeemed by the premise. And I guess it was probably pretty great for its genre and time.

I don't know if I'm gonna continue with these reviews or not. If you have any interest in learning my opinion on about 200 movies let me know, haha.

Here is the updated list for those who are interested.

In other news, listening to Deadboy and the Elephantmen while you're in a sad mood does in fact make you feel even more sad.

Current Mood: discontent discontent
Current Music: What the Stars Have Eaten | Deadboy and the Elephantmen

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From: jiveturky Date: April 9th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Rashomon is Japanese, not Chinese, and reflects a lot of the traditional storytelling of the country. I also think it is a tad dry at times, and I'm glad I'm not the only person who found the laughing irritating.

However, it's at least a historically important film, for its influence on alternative structuring of a film as well as certain camera techniques (for instance, in the very beginning, the camera points straight up at the sky, showing the sun flickering through the leaves. Francis Ford Coppola has used the same kind of shot in his movies, including Apocalypse Now). Tarantino's films are some that draw a lot from Rashomon, as well as Jim Jarmusch's.
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