Tag Archive: Unreliable Narrator

May 15 2015

Episode 47 – Rashomon

RashomonOur exploration of the unreliable narrator brings us to the film that is, quite literally, all about unreliable narration.  Rashomon is the film that introduced the world to Akira Kurosawa and is easily one of the most influential films ever made.  It is also ever so much shorter than The Seven Samurai.  So that’s a bonus.  Enjoy the special musical interlude Tim selected because he couldn’t find an mp3 of the music online.

Our next episode will be recorded live at the Trylon theater.  We’ll be watching The Lady from Shanghai!

Rashomon (1950)
Rashomon poster Rating: 8.3/10 (118,280 votes)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writer: Ryûnosuke Akutagawa (stories), Akira Kurosawa (screenplay), Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura
Runtime: 88 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 26 Dec 1951
Plot: A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

May 01 2015

Episode 46 – The Usual Suspects

The Usual SuspectsFor today’s episode, we explore the concept of the unreliable narrator as we watch The Usual Suspects.  Kevin Spacey won an Oscar for his portrayal of Verbal Kint (or did he???) in this twisty crime drama that managed to keep most audiences guessing even after the credits rolled.  We tried to decide how much of the movie actually happened as we saw but can you ever really know?

For our next episode, we will watch the seminal film about unreliable narrators, Rashomon!

The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects poster Rating: 8.6/10 (848,969 votes)
Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie
Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak
Runtime: 106 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 15 Sep 1995
Plot: A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.