Monday, March 01, 2010

From New Orleans to Nowhere

Films this year:

10. Kaneto Shindo, Onibaba (1964)
11. Werner Herzog, The Bad Lieutenant (2009)
12. Yoji Yamada, Ototo (The Younger Brother, 2010)

10 is memorable for its scenes with the tall silver grass. The story itself is not all that great. 11 is a SUPERB comedy! What is he, my dear master Herzog, thinking? Whenever animals appear, it's mind-blowing. A snake, a fish, alligators, two iguanas, a dog, and the corrida on TV. Nice imagination. And the old man Mississippi, the old great snake, appears, too.

12 is a hommage to Kon Ichikawa. Nice film, but it needs more punch.