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Apr 24, 2011

LAMBcast #65: Whatcha Been Watchin' Lately?

The ever popular Whatcha Been Watchin' Lately once again spawns for another discussion of a really messed up film...but probably not from the person you're expecting. Is it Nick, Dylan, James or Stevee? Come to think of it, all of the films we discuss are messed up. Also, we talk about a film made before 1970! Yay!

Also on tap:

* LAMB of the Week
* Trailer Talk: Casa de mi Padre
* Last LAMB Standing

For the LAMB of the Week, we take a look at LAMB #838, Jack L. Film Reviews:

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Thanks for listening!

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Univarn said...

Glad James was there to take up the Kurosawa mantle on my behalf. Someone needs to be there :).

As to your argument that you have take context into account in order to appreciate classics - I think that's a gross inaccuracy. You grew up with a particular style that influence what films you like today. In order to judge them fairly, you'd have to remove the context of the classic and the context by which you judge the modern one.

All that said, Rashomon vs. Usual Suspects - only one is in my top 100 and it's not Rashomon. However, Kurosawa has 5 films in my top 100 so long term win for him.

Fletch said...

@ Univarn - Interesting that even you, the Kuro nut, has Usual Suspects ranked higher. Very, very interesting.

However, make no mistake - though I might take many a modern film over a comparable classic were I to match them up, in no way was my context argument meant to be a blanket statement towards all classics. Most would likely blow most modern films out of the water in that case, hence my not claiming the same for Vantage Point or something. I picked a modern classic for a reason.

Univarn said...

@Fletch I understand, but what I'm saying is that you can't remove the historical context from Rashomon any more than you can remove your personal context from Usual Suspects. You were raised in a time where movies like Usual Suspects had long sense benefited from the classics and therefore you were - for lack of a better word - 'programed' to prefer that style of film making and characterization. The more classics you watch, the less impact that may have on you - but there's no guarantee. So, what I'm trying to say is that you can never honestly gauge the two films, even if we accept both as classics, on even terms.

Jack L said...

Thanks for the criticism, some of it was rather helpful and I'll definitely be taking some of your advice.

And as for Rashomon, I feel the same way as you, I was impressed and I respect it but I do not love it as much as Kurosawa's others, like Yojimbo, Stray Dog or Ran. I seriously don't think it's one of his best.

Fletch said...

@ Varn - I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree. But I'm tellin' you, man, if we showed both films to 100 space aliens, 60% of the time, they'd go with Verbal and Co. every time. Or something like that. Assuming they understood the concept of film and didn't see the movies as historical documents.

@ Jack - Awesome. I look forward to seeing it!

Strange how so many are saying it's not one of his best, when I was under the impression that it and Seven Sams were THE two films of his you had to see.