10 on the 10th – December 2015

International travels means an opportunity to get caught up on some contemporary movies through in-flight screenings, and so this month’s “last 10 films I’ve watched” skews contemporary.  No truly great films here – let that be a lesson to viewing movies without spine numbers (Men & Chicken being the lone exception, as it is upcoming from Drafthouse Films).

  1. Straight Outta ComptonBootleg Film (Masahiro Kobayashi, 1999)
  2. Crumbs (Miguel Llansó, 2015)
  3. Kafka (Steven Soderbergh, 1991)
  4. The Trip (Michael Winterbottom, 2010)
  5. Minions (Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, 2015)
  6. Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg, 2015)
  7. Men & Chicken (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2015)
  8. Specialists (Sergio Corbucci, 1969)
  9. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
  10. The End of the Tour (James Ponsoldt, 2015)

Notable by omission is F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton (2015), which missed the list due to an incomplete in-flight screening.  At least until the film’s last 20 minutes, SOC was a well-made example of the cautionary rock-bio (despite being a rather formulaic example of the genre).  Anyone want to fill me in on how it ended?  I assume they all put aside their differences, reconciled, then gave up the gangsta lifestyle to champion community gardening and the benefits of composting.  Am I right?

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