PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
I own a few Criterion flicks, of which I'd recommend them all (directors are in parentheses):
Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa)
Ran (Akira Kurosawa)
Le Samourai (Jean-Pierre Melville)
Le Duolos (Jean-Pierre Melville)
The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson)
Rushmore (Wes Anderson)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai)
Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee)
I also own the following, but haven't gotten around to seeing them:
Two Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman)
Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa)
If... (Lindsay Anderson)
+1 There are some great movies on there, thanks!
If there are any fans of Samari films, Akira Kurosawa Film or Star Wars films make sure you watch Criterion's pick The Hidden Fortress if you haven't already. George Lucas has acknowledged that Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was heavy influenced by The Hidden Fortress. Some people even consider Episode IV a loose adaptation of Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress due to the similar plot, characters and even the frame wipes Lucas used.
Here's a video showing some of the similarities:
A lot of his films were remade into westerns (without crediting him of course). See "Seven Samurai" and "The Mafnificent Seven". Also "Yojimbo" was made into "A Fistful of Dollars" and the 1996 Bruce Willis film "Last Man Standing". Rashomon was made into the western "The Outrage". Those films are at times shot for shot remakes of his films. People credit his influence for the creation (In whole or in part) of the western film genre. Not to mention countless other films that were in some way influenced by his works. He's probably one if the most influential directors most people have never heard of.
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