Much of my time of late is being spent watching short films in preparation for a future MMC! proposal/event, but features are still getting screened and here are the last 10 films I’ve watched!
- Dead Heat (Mark Goldblatt, 1988)
- Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon (Yoshio Kuroda and Sanae Yamamoto, 1965)
- Capone Cries a Lot (Seijun Suzuki, 1985)
- King of the Hill (Donald Brittain and William Canning, 1974)
- Wings (Larisa Shepitko, 1966)
- 20,000 Days on Earth (Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth, 2014)
- The Organizer (Mario Monicelli, 1963)
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Robert Fuest, 1971)
- Blood Rage (John Grissmer, 1987)
- The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino, 2015)
For the most part, all of these films prove quite enjoyable within their own specific parameters, whether that’s art cinema, documentary, or weirdo trash. (Admittedly, Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon is not the finest example of Toei Doga.) And while Dead Heat, Capone Cries a Lot, and Blood Rage certainly stand on their own for sheer nuttiness, a special place has been set aside in my filmic heart for The Abominable Dr. Phibes, a movie I’ve only just seen for the first time and now stands as the pinnacle of Vincent Price’s malevolently peculiar career. Easily the best film I’ve ever watched combining a revenge plot inspired by a series of biblical plagues, a clockwork orchestra, and disfigured theologian/musician wildly playing an organ embellished in red lucite.