Friday, June 24, 2011
Watched Kurosawa's Sanjuro yesterday. As my wife said, I must be at a point where I've seen nearly all his films. Funny thing is that the movies of his most people recommend have turned out not to be the ones I most prefer. Seven Samourai, Ran, Rashomon, High and Low--I've seen and enjoyed them all. Still, I think that Yojimbo, Hidden Fortress and Ikiru (movies typically not recommended to interested viewers just coming to K) are, in fact, his three best films. Also realized, watching Sanjuro (which was excellent) something so obvious it's probably not even worth stating: the Jedi Knights of Star Wars ARE samurai. Forces of good in a chaotic world moving from place to place trying to right wrongs, armed with only a sword and the power of their code. I know Lucas got the ideas of R2 and C3P0 from Hidden Fortress. I wonder how many other ideas he took from Kurosawa.
Fantastic day of writing yesterday. Maybe my best ever, in terms of the number of problems I solved. Possibly due to my new diet (oatmeal with fruit in morning, light snack at 11 am, no food till light dinner) and new walking regimen, but I feel physically as good as I have in years. Probably not drinking a bottle of wine every night helps but I think undereating slightly is also a plus. I'm more cheerful, more motivated, and more energetic.
Also want to talk about a fantastic Chekhov story I read last night ("The Student") but I'll put that for later. I've almost finished my book on cell biology. Next I'm starting a book I read about on John's Second Pass site--On Growth And Form. Should be interesting.