10 on the 10th – August 2015

A fairly satisfying array of screenings here.  Interestingly, virtually all of these films proved to be even bleaker and grimmer than expected, with Seisaku’s Wife and Slasher (watched back to back) leaving me feeling particularly drained.  For those interested, we count at least 3 future posts on this list.

  1. Kingsman PosterSeisaku’s Wife (Yasuzo Masumura, 1965)
  2. Slasher (John Landis, 2004)
  3. Passage to Marseille (Michael Curtiz, 1944)
  4. Black Lizard (Kinji Fukasaku, 1968)
  5. Point of Order (Emile de Antonio, 1964)
  6. Love Is Colder Than Death (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969)
  7. Skip Tracer (Zale Dalen, 1977)
  8. Svengali (Archie Mayo, 1931)
  9. Kingsman: The Secret Service (Matthew Vaughn, 2014)
  10. Ilsa, the Tigress of Siberia (Jean Lafleur, 1977)

Can we talk about Kingsman: The Secret Service for a moment?  The point of MMC! is to spend our time writing about films we love and not ripping down those movies that we dislike.  We must admit, we did not care for Matthew Vaughn’s latest (and for a variety of reasons).  Putting that aside for the moment, Kingsman concludes with a final, leaden joke about a sex act to be performed by Swedish royalty, and for which the film’s main character seems far too eager.  The gag is a sour note, but one that becomes ridiculous when the end credits that immediately follow are accompanied by Take That’s “Get Ready for It.”  Am I the only one appreciating lyrics like “You said there’s only one place left to find/Together we can save the world tonight/Get ready for it” in this context?  Damn you Kuleshov and your nasty effect!

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2 thoughts on “10 on the 10th – August 2015

  1. Silver Screenings August 11, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Not that it really matters, but I am very glad you wrote about Kingsman/Secret Service, and even more glad you were displeased with it. I have no intention of EVER seeing this film because it looks like a waste of time, and I’m glad you confirmed that.

    • spinenumbered August 12, 2015 / 12:30 am

      It wasn’t on our radar either, but we got sucked in by the promise of retro-action, popcorn fun through inflated Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB ratings, the appearances of Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, and the Mark Millar connection. Kingsman has real tone problems, a too-long withheld plot premise, and a strange undercurrent of nastiness particular to Millar’s comics that becomes less tolerable on screen. We went into it really wanting to like it, hoping for a pastiche-satire/cult film to-be, but were really let down midway through and happy when it finally ended.

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