GWJ Film of the Week

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I would like a bit of motivation to watch intellectually interesting movies more often. I do believe it's time we started a GWJ movie club with a film of the week! The film of the week will go up each Monday. For now, I will choose the film, but I hope that people will participate, and I won't have to be the one to choose each week. Films are required to be available on Hulu+ as part of the Criterion Collection or on Netflix. We could make an exception for a special case. Any film that's intellectually stimulating is fair game for the pick of the week.

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It's a little late, but the pick for Monday, July 22, 2013, is Seven Samurai. There are a couple reasons for picking this. First, I ordered the Blu-ray this weekend, and it should show up soon. Second, most people will have seen it, but it's always a good one to watch again. Lastly, I didn't want to pick anything too out there to start things off.

You have until next Monday to watch it. That gives everyone the whole week and weekend to make a time to watch it. Also, I'm hoping that people will look forward to the announcement each Monday. Everyone's goal should be to write a short paragraph with some thoughts on the film before the next film's announcement. A screencap from your favorite scene would also be great, although you may want to link it so as not to spoil anything. There's no need to use spoiler tags unless it's a less common movie that most people haven't seen. I'll specify when naming the movie if spoiler tags are required. For Seven Samurai, spoiler tags are not required.

Seven Samurai is available to watch via Hulu+. Hulu+ costs 8 bucks a month, but you can get a free trial to get started.

There's room for this to evolve. Suggestions are welcome. Even if nobody decides to join in on the fun, I'll keep doing it because it will motivate me to watch a good film each week. I'll probably update this OP a bit tomorrow to clean things up.

Neato. I'm a Netflix guy so I'll have to pass on this one, but I will add this thread to my favorites. Good idea.

Yeah, I'm pretty interested in this thread, provided I can actually find the time to sit and watch a full movie. Added this to my favorites as well.

I've been meaning to watch this with my wife for a long time since she's never seen it. Now seems as good a time as any.

I love Seven Samurai and rewatch it often. My wife was really disappointed by it. I think she was expecting something a bit more rip-roaring.

ColdForged wrote:

Neato. I'm a Netflix guy so I'll have to pass on this one, but I will add this thread to my favorites. Good idea.

Netflix movies will show up from time, so check back each Monday! Also, this is definitely meant as a drop in, drop out type of activity for the GWJ community. My goal is to keep the selection very varied rather than working through certain time periods or styles.

Let me know when you guys do Rad and I'll be there.

Maq wrote:

I love Seven Samurai and rewatch it often. My wife was really disappointed by it. I think she was expecting something a bit more rip-roaring.

Ooh. Tagged. Seven Samurai is one of my favorite movies of all time; I've got the Criterion discs around the apartment somewhere.

Count me in, I've got a pile of movies I've been meaning to watch.

Nice. I'll do it.

I'm in for Netflix selections.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Let me know when you guys do Rad and I'll be there.

Ah, memories.

Also only in for Netflix selections.

For your consideration: The Lives of Others.

Set in East Germany in the 1980s it deals with the Stasi's systematic monitoring of the East German people and its effect on their lives. Worth a watch in the current political climate.

(sorry if I'm breaking the format here)

EDIT: The entire film is available on YouTube with English subtitles. I won't link it here but a search will bring it up.

Yeah, feel free to throw up suggestions. I'll add them to the list in my head, and we'll get to them eventually. I have seen Lives of Others and loved it.

I think what I'll end up doing is alternate with movies I've seen and ones I haven't. That way, I'll get to see some new stuff, but we'll be assured at least every other movie isn't a dud. There are plenty of great movies I'd like to rewatch.

Edit: I had fully intended on making The Thin Red Line next week's movie because it was on Netflix, and I haven't ever got around to watching it. Alas, it isn't up on Netflix anymore, so that won't be happening. I started looking through the Criterion catalog up on Hulu+. Holy crap, it just keeps getting better and better. There's plenty up there to last. There's tons of great stuff that I've seen and tons of interesting stuff that I haven't. I'll try my best to do one Netflix or public domain YouTube film per month, but I think 3/4 will end up being Criterion Hulu+ titles. Hopefully, a few of you will subscribe or resubscribe to Hulu+ in the fall when the fall TV shows hit.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

public domain YouTube film

Is this the point where I point out that Rad is on YouTube? I'm sure the Criterion release is coming soon though.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

public domain YouTube film

Is this the point where I point out that Rad is on YouTube? I'm sure the Criterion release is coming soon though.

Should I be embarrassed for not knowing what Rad is? I thought he was referring to Ran at first.

Also I would recommend Upstream Color for our next film. It is on Netflix.

I also want to see Only God Forgives but is only available to buy or rent online right now.

I...I don't even. Tell me we're not going to turn GWJ Film of the Week into GWJ MST3K

Is this before she married Uncle Jessie?

My love for Rad is entirely unironic. It has Mr. Hand flipping the bird to the bad guy from Short Circuit 2:

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That happens more than once.

Grenn wrote:

Is this before she married Uncle Jessie?

Yes, it's from 1986.

In an attempt to pull the discussion away from Rad, I'll just say that I'll be interested whenever the movie's on Netflix as I don't have a Hulu subscription.

Norfair wrote:

Also I would recommend Upstream Color for our next film. It is on Netflix.

I like this idea. I haven't seen it yet, but it could be a fun one for discussion.

This could be interesting and I'll join in as much as I can. No Hulu+ membership but anything on Netflix is good.

I own a copy of The Lives of Others. May watch that tonight since it's been a while.

Before we move the discussion entirely away from Rad, there's one word that properly describes that movie, and it's...aw, sh*t, I lost it...one word...three letters...

I'm also a Netflix person. And Upstream Color is in my pile along with a billion other things.

I actually didn't expect quite so much interest. Since there are quite a few Netflix only people, I'm going to alternate between Netflix and Hulu+ each week to start things out. I looked through the classic movies section and there is a bunch that'll be great. Upstream Color will definitely be one of the first ones.

I think I'm in. I can only watch Netflix though. Looking forward to seeing some good movies.

In terms of scary movies, the best one I've seen recently is Audition.

Pulp Fiction is on Netflix, and that's always a good movie to watch.

Going to watch Seven Samurai tonight! I'm really looking forward to doing absolutely nothing tonight except watching Seven Samurai and drinking beer and sake. I've been looking forward to it all week. Remember, all you Netflix only people could get a free Hulu+ trial to watch Seven Samurai. If you haven't seen it before, it's one of those movies you just have to watch at least once in your lifetime.

The Criterion Blu-ray showed up a couple days ago. It's very nice and just like the DVD packaging except smaller. The DVD packaging is actually a bit more awesome because the 4 discs allowed for some extra colors to be used. There are only 2 Blu-ray discs. I should mention that the huge 50% off B&N Criterion Sale is going on right now. It goes through August 5 and is in-store and online. I picked up Night of the Hunger, In the Mood for Love, Lord of the Flies, Band of Outsiders, and Wild Strawberries. I'll probably pick up a couple more online before the sale is over. It's such a great deal.

In the Mood for Love is so utterly fantastic, if you haven't seen it before. (It's also on Netflix streaming, so it could be a future pick.)

ClockworkHouse wrote:

In the Mood for Love is so utterly fantastic, if you haven't seen it before. (It's also on Netflix streaming, so it could be a future pick.)

It's definitely in the queue although it'll probably take awhile to get to.

I started watching Seven Samurai the other night. I too have the Criterion blue ray and it has awesome picture quality. I think the subtitles are a bit different too. I made it to the halfway point before I got interrupted. Will finish it again soon.

I finished up Seven Samurai Saturday morning. There are so many things about this film that are jaw dropping. The most main brilliant thing about the movie is Kikuchiyo's character. At first, you wonder if it's okay to love and trust the character. He doesn't fit in but is searching for acceptance. This mirrors your experience as the viewer. As the film progresses, Kikuchiyo quickly ends up being a part of the group and is loved and accepted. As a viewer and outsider, it's easy to relate to Kikuchiyo, and you feel like a part of the group and the adventure just like him halfway through the movie.

Here's what the Blu-ray and DVD set look like:

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I ripped the Blu-ray and took some screenshots.

Kambei is the ultimate leader. Those head rubs while he's thinking hard are just genius. I also like how good-natured he can be. I love this shot:

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Toshiro Mifune can get intense!

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The part where the old lady gets revenge is brutal:

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This is probably my favorite shot in the movie:

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Here are some other shots that I really liked:

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Anyone else finish it? The next movie will be announced tomorrow!

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