10 on the 10th – May 2016

The last ten films I’ve watched offers a variety of pet favourites – Japanese industrial espionage, French BD adaptations, Pam Grier, Jean Dujardin, the American Experience series – and most made for worthwhile screenings.  Corridors of Blood was surprisingly entertaining, while Macbeth had moments of fascinating invention trapped in an otherwise slow and dreary presentation.

  1. High Rise PosterIndustrial Spy (Eiichi Kudo, 1968)
  2. Corridors of Blood (Robert Day, 1958)
  3. Quick Change (Howard Franklin and Bill Murray, 1990)
  4. Asterix: The Land of the Gods (Alexandre Astier and Louis Clichy, 2014)
  5. Black Mama, White Mama (Eddie Romero, 1972)
  6. The Connection (Cédric Jimenez, 2014)
  7. The Human Vapor (Ichiro Honda, 1960)
  8. The Mine Wars (Randall MacLowry, 2016)
  9. Macbeth (Justin Kurzel, 2015)
  10. High-Rise (Ben Wheatley, 2015)

I’ve come to think of Ben Wheatley’s films much as I do about the cinema of Stanley Kubrick – often hard to watch and aggressively distanced, but unavoidably compelling nonetheless.  Perhaps this comparison is appropriate given Wheatley’s own admiration for Kubrick.  Wheatley’s latest, High-Rise, is yet another captivating exercise in pure nightmare fuel, featuring a snappily dressed (and sometimes undressed) Tom Hiddleston, a lovely Elisabeth Moss, and Portishead’s unexpected cover of ABBA’s “SOS.”  Those looking for a heavy dose of ’70s materialism and class warfare will likely do well with Wheatley’s dystopian latest.

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2 thoughts on “10 on the 10th – May 2016

  1. Film Music Central May 10, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    I can’t wait to see High-Rise (it finally comes out here this weekend)

    • spinenumbered May 10, 2016 / 3:04 pm

      I was lucky enough to be in London briefly and got to see it there! I’m not even sure it will play here at home, so I had to take advantage of the opportunity.

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