Monthly Archives: March 2013

Lent: Part 36

The Birth of a Nation (1915) – Well, three hours was certainly ambitious, to say the least. I keep hearing that I should judge this movie according to the standards of its own time and not those of today. So, I guess it’s safe to say the early 20th century was incredibly racist? Like, so racist, you can barely believe it isn’t some kind of joke.

Somewhere in there is the premise that war is bad, but it gets lost in the many other layers.

Lent: Part 33

Throne of Blood (蜘蛛巣城, 1957) – The films of Akira Kurosawa are available for streaming on Hulu this weekend. Do yourself a favor and watch some of them. And then, when you are done with that, help me reanimate Akira Kurosawa’s corpse so that he may complete the entirety of Shakespeare’s tragedies (and maybe some of the histories, if his zombie tissues and bones hold up long enough).

I’ll admit I haven’t seen many productions or adaptations of MacBeth, but Isuzu Yamada’s final scene, with the stubborn blood stain, is one of the best mental breakdowns I’ve ever seen, right up there with Maura Tierney’s performance in Scotland, PA.