5 Movies That Inspired Movies

“I think all stories have been around for a few thousand years,” George Lucas once said, in an interview about Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden…

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Fog and Shadows

The first warning sign of San Francisco's utter noirness is how ruthlessly, perhaps desperately, this place pretends never to have black moods. The second…

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Kurosawa's Lower Depths

The name Akira Kurosawa means one thing to most people: samurai films. So it's no surprise that the various local celebrations of the director's…

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Family Plots

In the annals of audacious counterprogramming, it’s hard to beat a Yasujiro Ozu series going up against Hollywood’s summer onslaught of infantile antics and…

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The Stuff of the Warrior

Usually, when we encounter the samurai in works of art, we are watching something by Akira Kurosawa, Quentin Tarantino, or George Lucas (just scratch…

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