Long time no see! On this list item, anyway. I waited to post about a few movies at once, and it’s been almost a month since I started this list item.
I usually like the fighting scenes in martial arts movies, and it was the same with this one. There were only a few fight scenes as this movie seemed to focus more on the characters and the setting, which were both interesting. The movie was slower than more recent movies, with many breaks in the action, thoughtful discussions and planning, etc. Overall, I liked it, but maybe not on a second watching. A quick skim of the related Wikipedia article reveals why the movie is on the list: the length and setting were important to the director, leading to battles with the studio; the hilarious Kikuchiyo wasn’t originally in the planning for the film; and that various plot devices were either new (and copied in later films) or all brought together in one film for the first time.
The last Quentin Tarantino film I watched was Inglourious Basterds, then before that the two Kill Bill movies, and being on so many top lists I had high expectations of the film. But Pulp Fiction seemed like intellectual junk food, something I would have enjoyed in my early teens. A quick skim of the Wikipedia article shows a lot of praise around the time of the movie’s release, and a fair amount since, because of (among other things) the references to pop culture and other films. I don’t remember much of the references listed in the article, so that’s probably why I was disappointed by the film. Reading the article casts the movie in a different light, and I can see why it made the list.
I don’t remember seeing an old Western movie starring Clint Eastwood before, so I was curious about this one. I quite liked it, particularly for the setting, the humour and the music. It was a surprise to see so many Italian names in the opening credits, and it looked like some of the characters had been dubbed in English, but it makes sense after looking at the Wikipedia article. Reading this article has solidified a growing suspicion that I would appreciate the list films more if I had watched earlier films and if I had watched the list films at the time of their release.