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08/10/2016

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I watched this years ago, Janet, and only remember three of the dreams -- 1,4 & 5. I'll have to watch it again.

I didn't remember the snow sequence at all, but it's interesting that in the piece I just sent Mac on Kobayashi's anthology film Kwaidan, there is also a story in which features Yuki-onna.

Some of these sound really great.

I suspect I might dream of wasabi ice cream.

Not I. This new (at least to me) fashion of combining sweet and fiery flavors is not to my liking.

Hey Mac -- slight correction needed in the title: it's Akira, not Akiro.

Well, Paul didn't say it would be a good dream.

AMDG

True.

Fixed, Rob, thanks.

Here's the trailer. I think this is one I definitely want to see. Every week I think, at least, "That looks good, maybe I'll watch it some time." But usually that's just sort of a maybe-someday thought. This one I'll definitely put on my Netflix list, and not at the bottom.

Watching this film has made me very curious about Kurosawa. I wish I had time to read about him. How did he go from those dark, serious movies to the cheerful, colorful story that ends the movie--not that there aren't really dark stories in the movie.

I watched another of his movies, Red Beard, last weekend, and I will probably write about it. It's different from anything else I've seen by him.

AMDG

Watched this last night -- hadn't seen it in at least 10 years. I thought 'The Blizzard' went on a bit longer than necessary, ditto 'Crows,' and other than the visuals I didn't care much for 'Mt. Fuji in Red.' But the scene with Yuki-Onna in 'The Blizzard' is excellent, and I loved the ending of 'Crows,' which made it worthwhile. The rest I liked very much.

(Spoiler Alert))

Janet, you asked about the scene in 'The Blizzard.' Here's what I think happens: Yuki-Onna appears and tries to get the last remaining man to fall asleep like the others, so they will all die in the snow. The man resists, Yuki-Onna turns from lovely and gentle to ugly and ferocious, but still can't get him to fall asleep. Thwarted, she flees, the storm subsides, and the men find themselves right near their camp, implying that the storm was her doing, and that they weren't really as lost as they believed they were.


I finished watching this yesterday. I liked but I guess my reaction is somewhere between those of the two critics you quoted in the review. I had forgotten exactly what you said about each of the episodes, so it's interesting that I also liked the first one (fox wedding) best, and the second one (peach orchard) almost as much. I liked the water mill village one better than you did, probably because I didn't really pay much attention to the sermon and just enjoyed the place, and the wonderful procession at the end. I wasn't as taken with the van Gogh one, but that may partly be because I was interrupted several times while watching it.

That's a very plausible take on the Snow Woman story, Rob.

I did really like the last one for the reasons you stated. I did think there was a lot of preachiness in it, but that didn't outweigh the joy and beauty.

Rob: This is the first time I've seen your comment. It must have gotten lost in the sidebar. That was what I thought was the most likely explanation of the Yukki-Onna. I thought the walking part went on way too long, but maybe that's my American impatience.

AMDG

Oh, and Van Gogh--probably the reason that i liked that more is that I just love Van Gogh, and am more familiar with those paintings--like that is why you might like something about John Coltrane better than I would.;-)

AMDG

I thought the walking part in the blizzard story went on way too long, too. Actually I felt a little impatient at at times in some of the others and wondered about a Japanese vs. American difference in sensibility.

All in all, I thought the whole thing was as much a series of paintings as a series of stories.

Yes, he really did see them as paintings. If you Google "kurosawa painting from dreams" you will see several storyboards he painted for the movie.

AMDG

All Criterion in-stock Blu-rays and DVDs are on sale for half price until noon EDT tomorrow (Oct.18). Of course, with Film Struck right around the corner, you might not want to do this, still there are some I might be interested in.

AMDG

I sat down at the computer specifically to look at that, having seen an announcement somewhere else. I'm definitely buying Cries and Whispers. I think it's the only one of Bergman's major works that I don't have. I should be able to get it with Filmstruck but who knows if that will be around permanently.

I also saw, when I searched for Criterion Collection, an ad saying Filmstruck launches tomorrow. Good that I finally stripped down our AT&T Uverse bill. The "cable" companies seem to be facing the inevitable--I was able to get a bare minimum of channels for $50 less per month, and get rid of the hundreds we never or rarely watch, and have been uselessly sucking up money we can't especially afford. That meant giving up TCM but I can live without it. And anyway there'll probably be alternative ways of getting it.

Yes. I was kind of wondering if the timing of the sale had something to do with the launch of Filmstruck.

AMDG

Ah, boo. Filmstruck delayed until November. But extra time for the Criterion sale.

AMDG

I had to just order my one dvd that I *really* wanted and stop looking.

FYI: Barnes & Noble is currently having a 50% off sale on over 200 Criterion Collection films. Dreams is one of them.

I really don't buy movies except for those that I know I will watch more than twice. There aren't all that many more-than-once and very few more-than-twice. If Netflix hadn't become available when it did I might have bought more, but now between dvd rentals and streaming there's not a whole lot I want to see that I can't get by one of those means.

I've been thinking that I need to either upgrade my FilmStruck subscription to include all the Criterion titles, or cancel it. So I looked just now for Dreams and either it isn't there or their search feature is really terrible. Though looking at their FAQ I see it doesn't explicitly state that *all* Criterion releases are available.

Let me check that from "inside."

They certainly have enough Criterion films to be worth it. I wouldn't keep Filmstruck without it.

AMDG

Dreams is certainly one I would buy if I had a job. ;-) Some of them are so beautiful, and having watched the whole thing, you could pick and choose.

It is not currently on Filmstruck, but there are 26 Kurosawa films, so that is all but four. Like any of these services, the films come and go, but they have most of the Criterion Films at any given moment. For instance, they list 50-something for Bergman, although some of those are F&A parts 1,2 3,4 and however there may be, and a couple are about Bergman.

AMDG

I can see it from the inside, too, as a FilmStruck subscriber. By default when I search it includes the Criterion Channel as well. It shows you a list and only when you click on a specific title does it tell you you can't see it and offer you the opportunity to upgrade. :-(:-(

When I saw that AK's Dreams is not there I thought maybe the dvd has been discontinued, hence the sale Rob mentions. But still, why would it not be available for streaming? I mean, why would you not put everything on a streaming service?--the bigger the selection, the more appealing. Maybe a question of the rights having changed hands or something.

I only know for certain that they cycle on and off. I have noticed in the past, though, that when something leaves Netflix, it might turn up on Amazon Prime. And CBS All Access (which it isn't) doesn't let you watch all seasons of its old series, so I wonder if the rights to a certain movie or show might be sold to Netflix, for example, for a certain period of time during which no one else can have it.

Or maybe they think they can keep you subscribed longer if things come and go.

I know there must be a reason.

AMDG

I think Criterion has that sale every year.

AMDG

Do you have a link to that sale, Rob? I can't find it.

AMDG

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/the-criterion-collection-50-off/_/N-2qpt

I ordered 'Dreams,' and also Kobayashi's 'Harakiri' and 'Samurai Rebellion.' Less than $50 for all three.

After this conversation, I decided to watch all of Kurosawa's films. So I am watching them, not in chronological order, but in the order of someone's ranking from worst to best. So far, I have watched two, but I had to change the order a bit because the worst was part two of the fourth worst.

I thought I might write about them, and I might, but I haven't yet.

AMDG

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