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August 2019 in Films


I almost made it to an average of a film a day in August. I got a little behind because the fourth season of Cable Girls dropped (it was WILD) and I started to watch a new Spanish show called 45 RPM (so far it’s great!), but I think my average for August was pretty damn good. I want to give a big shout out to KJ Relth at the UCLA Film and Television Archive for really making my summer something special with her amazing programming of female directors at the Billy Wilder Theatre. So grateful to see these thrilling films all summer, and especially to see a few of them introduced by their directors (Nina Menkes, Mary Lambert, Penelope Spheeris). As always, you can find everything I watched after the cut plus a few of my faves.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Ikiru, 1952 (dir. Akira Kurosawa)


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Kanji Watanabe: I have less than a year to live. When I found that out… somehow I was drawn to you. Once when I was a child, I almost drowned. It’s just like that feeling. Darkness everywhere, and nothing for me to hold onto, no matter how hard I try. There’s just you.

Japanese Cinema Blogathon: 10 Classic Japanese Film Posters


This is my second contribution for Japanese Cinema Blogathon for earthquake/tsunami relief. To be perfectly honest, I’ve only seen one of these films. But these posters are just so gorgeous, they make me want to see all of these films. I wish more western movie posters were this gorgeous.

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Japanese Cinema and the Academy Awards


As part of the Japanese Cinema Blogathon hosted by myself and JapanCinema, I thought I’d take a look at how Japanese cinema has fared over the years with the Academy. As it happens, Japan has had its best luck with the Academy in the Foreign Language Film category, but there have been a few other nominations (and wins) for filmmakers and actors from the industry.

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