Movies of Mention! Mifune: The Last Samurai, Manchester by the Sea, and Lost in La Mancha
Welcome to your movie-geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! Netflix Mifune: The Last Samurai (Now Streaming) If you’ve never heard of famed Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, you’re in for a treat. If you have heard of him, you’ll enjoy this documentary. Narrated by Keanu Reeves, the movie covers not only Mifune’s lengthy movie career but the history of Japanese cinema and Mifune’s relationship with director Akira Kurosawa on everything from The Seven Samurai to Red Beard. The documentary is rather short and spends a little too much time focusing on the analysis of certain Mifune movies, but it’s a fascinating watch for anyone who adores or is curious about one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. Amazon Prime Manchester by the Sea (May 5) Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor, Manchester by the Sea was easily the most heartbreaking movie of 2016. Casey Affleck does a magnificent job playing Lee Chandler, a loner who, after the death of his brother Joe, discovers that he is now stuck caring for his teenage nephew Patrick. But Lee doesn’t feel up to the task given his depressingly dark past that led to some unfortunate deaths. This is an exceptional drama for the most gut-wrenching of tearful traumas, getting under your skin in the most uncomfortable and intriguing ways. Filmstruck Lost in La Mancha (Now Streaming) I’ve never been the biggest fan of Terry Gilliam, but it’s hard to deny his skillful talents as a director. This documentary follows Gilliam on his quest to finally film the Don Quixote movie he had always wanted to make, with Johnny Depp attached as a lead. But everything seems to fall apart during production due to bad weather, interfering jets, an ill-prepared crew, and the poor health of Don Quixote star Jean Rochefort. It’s a maddening and amusing portrait of how much a nightmare filmmaking can be, even when in the hands of a skilled veteran such as Gilliam. So, what will you be watching?
Mark McPherson