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Ok, here we go. Our film selection for March is John Woo's 1989 actioner The Killer. Here's IMDB. Here's a few articles: John Woo's Mesmerizing The Killer Changed Action-Movie History Forever Here's MZS on The Killer. Here's a 2000 article on Woo from Senses of Cinema. And here's our thread on spiritual themes in Woo's films. I'm looking forward to the discussion, y'all. I've seen very few of Woo's movies, so I'm looking forward to catching The Killer later this week. The movie is streaming on Netflix.
Based on the comments in this thread, it seems like we have a unanimous agreement to watch 49th Parallel next. Accordingly, I'm starting a thread; discussion can/will begin on 1-July. In the meantime, here's the IMDB page and two essays to get us started, both from Criterion: "49th Parallel: The War Effort" By Charles Barr "49th Parallel" By Bruce Eder I'll poke around and see what else I can come up with around the time discussion starts. The movie isn't included with the Criterion Collection on Hulu, but it is on Amazon US (as well, of course, as existing on DVD), so it shouldn't be too hard to track down. I'm also seeing it on YouTube with the claim that it's in public domain, though whether that's true is more than I can say. Looking forward to discussing this one with you guys; I've had a copy since Peter mentioned it a while back in the thread on WWII films, but I've not watched it (which is actually one of the reasons I'm thrilled that this one got the consensus). Here's the trailer:
I have the pleasure and honor of kicking-off the revived film club. Given my personal enthusiasm for the film, and the interest expressed by many would-be film club participants, my selection for June 2016 will be Seijun Suzuki's Tokyo Drifter. You've (probably) never seen anything quite like it, though you'll probably all recognize that Tarantino took a page or two from Tokyo Drifter's book for Kill Bill. In Tokyo Drifter, Suzuki warps a standard-fare yakuza flick into a surreal, pop-art explosion. Suzuki's experimentation would later derail his career (in 1967's Branded to Kill, Suzuki abandoned conventional notions of narrative and established film grammar altogether, and the resulting uproar knocked him out of filmmaking for a decade). Manohla Darghis wrote a brief piece on Suzuki for Tokyo Drifter's Criterion release, and it's worth a look (there are no real spoilers for the film there). Tokyo Drifter is available on Hulu+ and for rent via Amazon Prime, so those are two easy ways to view the film. We'll commence "official" conversation on the film beginning at the start of June. I look forward to discussing Tokyo Drifter with you all!