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).
- Bootleg Film (Masahiro Kobayashi, 1999)
- Crumbs (Miguel Llansó, 2015)
- Kafka (Steven Soderbergh, 1991)
- The Trip (Michael Winterbottom, 2010)
- Minions (Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin, 2015)
- Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg, 2015)
- Men & Chicken (Anders Thomas Jensen, 2015)
- Specialists (Sergio Corbucci, 1969)
- The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
- 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?