Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What do Ishtar, Full Metal Jacket, Tampopo, and Radio Days have in common?

I love watching movies. And lately I've been trying to re-watch more films from when I was a little kid or a teenager. Netflix On-Line has made it easy to fish out and take a second (or third or fourth) look at blasts from the past, especially when I get the sudden urge to view something after reading something somewhere about some movie I remember seeing or wishing I had seen.

The New York Times review of 1987's best films is an interesting look back at what has survived and what hasn't. Note the appearance of Ishtar, a movie synonymous with "Hollywood flop," in this list of the best and the pretty good (I've got something big coming on Ishtar, which, as you might guess, is in my Netflix Movie Viewer window right now).

By the way, the answer to the title is that they're all films from 1987 mentioned in the NYT piece. Though I saw it in the 1990s, when I was older and probably able to appreciate it more, the quirky and eclectic Tampopo is one of my all-time favorite Japanese films, though I haven't seen it in years.

I need to get out and watch more Japanese movies. "M1" is telling me each and every film she sees back in Sapporo, and my goal is to try to keep up when they hit the DVD section of the university library. Hmm... maybe I should give Tampopo another look, too.

1 comment:

  1. Saw Tampopo a couple years ago and thought it was great. My friend had apparently seen it while in Japan and his mom spent quite a while trying to track down a copy -- a brief check of Amazon shows there are still copies to be had online though.

    And here I thought the Radio Days reference was for the Korean movie from last year.


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