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4thletter! Film Fest

May 26th, 2010 by | Tags: , , , ,

Sean did it because Wolkin asked him to. I’m doing it because I can. I’m picking movies for a personal film festival. These aren’t my favorite (that would be Out of the Past), but I love all of them. No explanations, though the titles of each day should give you an idea what I’m going for. Feel free to chime in. If you’re really puzzled, I’ll explain in the comments.

Three movies a day. I could probably come up with a food menu for these, too, for the full David Brothers Experience.

Friday: Nothing Succeeds Like Excess
Ninja Scroll, directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (dub) (possibly on second generation VHS)
Scarface, directed by Brian De Palma
Bad Boys II, directed by Michael Bay

Saturday: Building Blocks
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, directed by Steve Barron
Akira, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo (original dub)
Malcolm X, directed by Spike Lee

Sunday: A History of Violence
Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa (sub)
The Killer, directed by John Woo (dub)
Blade, directed by Stephen Norrington

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8 comments to “4thletter! Film Fest”

  1. Haha, I’d really love to see the food menu. That would be a hell of a weekend.


  2. Sweet movie list. I’d take the updated Akira dub off the DVD version; the rescanned colors just POP.


  3. I haven’t seen Bad Boys 2, since I’m kind of Michael Bay averse, so I can’t really comment to its appropriateness there, but I’ll suggest another one that could fit: The Big Hit, a late-90s bit of knowingly stupid action starring Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Avery Brooks, and some others. It’s ridiculously over the top, with Marky Mark break dancing while blowing guys away and doing a bunch of whining while trying to hide bodies and shit, with a final chase/shootout that just keeps going, getting more and more ridiculous every second. I haven’t seen it in a few years, so maybe it doesn’t hold up, but I remember it being pretty goddamn hilarious.

    For the third group, I’m not that into Blade, so I would probably throw in Shogun Assassin or one of the Lone Wolf and Cub movies in that series, or for a more modern choice, maybe something from Takashi Miike. Maybe the first Dead or Alive? Or Battle Royale, although that’s a different subgenre. I do like me some bloody mayhem though…


  4. SO would ya marathon these or watch them throughout the day. Also with Malcolm X, would you give it a long sitting or take the intermission to reflect?


  5. @Miles: I’d use the old dub on the new release. I’m looking forward to checking out the Blu-ray tomorrow. My SE DVD looks great, I expect big things from the BD.

    @Nathan: Power through X. Each movie would be a breakfast/lunch/dinner sort of thing. Eat while you watch reclined on a couch, etc.

    @Matthew J. Brady: You know, I never got into Miike. I tried watching Sukiyaki Western Django last night, but couldn’t get into it. I’ll have to try again later. The Big Hit is great, though. Definitely a favorite.

    @Jordan: I’m not sure about Friday, but Saturday begins with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, lunch is grilled cheeses, and dinner would be a gang of pizza. Sunday morning is scrambled eggs and toast, lunch is the last of the pizza from Saturday, and lasagna for the evening.


  6. Cry, The Beloved Country
    Samurai X ( Trust )
    Big Trouble in Little China


  7. I worked with Steve Barron on a project once, really cool guy. He also directed the famous A-Ha ‘take on me’ video.

    And your history of violence day is all wrong.

    You can keep your woo if you really want it in there, but I’ve always felt he was overrated.

    Keep the Kurosawa but go “Throne of Blood” or “Sanjuro” just for the last scene.

    but Blade? that movie’s mediocre and irrelevant. What about “The Wild Bunch”, “Bonnie & Clyde”, “Taxi Driver”, “Mean Streets”, or if you want modern go Reservoir Dogs, not fucking blade. You’re doing History of Violence dude.

    Also, dePalma sucks and is a Hack. Only good movie he made was Carrie.

    I’m thinking of doing a Western Weekend after playing some Red Dead Redemption, I’m gonna go: Rio Bravo, For a Few Dollars more, and maybe Tombstone for some ridiculous fun.


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