#990: Closely Watched Trains

upz0nnbd626evnuucbnfva7xzpz#990 – Closely Watched Trains, (Ostře sledované vlaky), 1966, Jiří Menzel

In a small town still occupied by the Germans as World War II’s tide is turning toward the Allies, apprentice train-watcher Milos is oblivious to the war. Instead, he is obsessed with having his first sexual experience. Despite the favors of train conductor Masa, Milos has no luck. His quest leads him to a female Resistance fighter who, in passing, recruits him to the cause. As Milos finally finds love, danger draws closer.


#993: Japan’s Longest Day

pgfvaj08unre5gti8bkvjz5rvgn#993 – Japan’s Longest Day, (日本のいちばん長い日), 1967, Kihachi Okamoto

Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen. Emperor Hirohito, however, joins with his ministers in asking the unthinkable, the peaceful surrender of Japan. When the military plots a coup to overthrow the Emperor’s civilian government, Anami must face the choice between his desires and loyalty to his Emperor.

#994: Slacker

untzrtiqqmhwabgr0aai8tvuii9#994 – Slacker, 1990, Richard Linklater

Austin, Texas, is an Eden for the young and unambitious, from the enthusiastically eccentric to the dangerously apathetic. Here, the nobly lazy can eschew responsibility in favor of nursing their esoteric obsessions. The locals include a backseat philosopher who passionately expounds on his dream theories to a seemingly comatose cabbie, a young woman who tries to hawk Madonna’s Pap test to anyone who will listen and a kindly old anarchist looking for recruits.

#995: Kung Fu Hustle

kw0dicdug2evuebaanu5lelyphg#995 – Kung Fu Hustle, (功夫), 2004, Stephen Chow

Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. Sing’s actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung-fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung-fu master of all.


#998: Departures

airkdq3cqzmv88zlk69utbbbseo#998 – Departures (おくりびと), 2008, Yojiro Takita

Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature – as an undertaker’s assistant.


#999: A Special Day

20d1au0gtrwwe6rwykbdvgscijx#999 – A Special Day (Una giornata particolare), 1977, Ettore Scola

The film is set during the late 1930s: the occasion is the first meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. Left alone in her tenement home when her fascist husband runs off to attend the historic event, Antonietta strikes up a friendship with her homosexual neighbor Gabriele. As the day segues into night, Antonietta and Gabriele develop a very special relationship that will radically alter both of their outlooks on life.