Woohoo!!! Duke got beat!!! I'm sorry I just had to say something that's part of a great day. Anyway, I started my day by going to Analytical Chemistry at 9:30 and ended with a Virology seminar at 11:00ish and proceeded towards William T. Young Library, 2nd or 3rd largest college library in the U.S (things aren't all that bad in Kentucky, and yes we do wear shoes). Proceeded down to the basement where I checked out Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa. As only one of many myriad sidenotes, I noticed Wild Strawberries next to the film, which I'll naturally check out next time. I plunked down in one of the many viewing rooms and sat down to watch it. Mind you I had very high expectations for this film, and every single one of them were met. So much that I've decided to buy the Criteiron when it comes out this March 26. What's the amazing signficance of this? I have extremely pedestrian tastes, but I not only appreciated the cinematic genius behind Rashomon (almost as much as Seven Samurai), but I thoroughly enjoyed it at the superficial level as well (though not as much as Seven Samurai in that respect). This is where I come in and say a high thumbs up (overall score: A) and a great recommendation to film buffs or drama fans. I'll give a better analysis later, but I must proceed to Traffic. There's absolutely no connection whatsoever between the two films besides the impending Criterion editions. Well, no wait, that's the secondary reason I wanted to watch both films. Anyways, I rented Traffic at my local Hancock Home Video. So many people praised it, many said it was overrated, and many more said it was boring as hell. In situations such as this, I said screw those guys, I'm forming my own opinion. Well, count me in as those that love the movie. I thought the pacing, the myriad of related story-lines, and the acting were excellent. I'll probably get the Criterion of this as well. Overall score of -A. The best part of the day has just past, and what am I doing to top off the night? First part of Andrei Rublev coming up!!! Oh God, Rich Malloy is going to kill me once he finds out I just got around to watching this. Seriously, the whole point of this thread is to encourage some of our other newer members to check out the classic Rashomon and give Traffic a chance. Movies, from the Phillistine's point of view!!!