Today is the 10th and that means it’s time to review the last 10 films I’ve watched, and so our next Arrow Video proposal will go up tomorrow. High marks go to Hoodlum Priest, Sing Street, and The River Fuefuki, but the real noteworthy watch was the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things. Like everyone else, we’ve been glued to our TVs watching this horror-adventure series, captivated by its meticulously crafted plot and aesthetic.
Here are a couple of initial takeaways on Stranger Things. First, while the first season is certainly a great achievement in pastiche and its retro-setting is a narrative necessity, I can’t help but feel like Stranger Things offers some commentary on what has been lost in an era of social media, helicopter parenting, and the like. Secondly, am I the only one connecting Stranger Things to the tall, pale, long-armed, faceless Slender Man? I would hesitate to draw too strong a line to the Slender Man meme, being aware that it was constructed from various other monsters of folklore and pop culture. Still … (And a quick shout out to Steelberg, a fantastic artist producing mock VHS cases of contemporary films including the Stranger Things package below. See more at Steelberg’s Instagram page!)
- Hoodlum Priest (Kimiyoshi Yasuda, 1969)
- Sing Street (John Carney, 2016)
- The Witch (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
- The House with Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976)
- Walk Cheerfully (Yasujiro Ozu, 1930)
- The White Sheik (Federico Fellini, 1952)
- Sex in the Comix (Joëlle Oosterlinck, 2012)
- The River Fuefuki (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1960)
- Mudbloods (Farzad Nibakht, 2014)
- The Beyond (Lucio Fulci, 1981)
Last, I set up a Letterboxd account about a month ago, so those looking to see what I’m watching and my reactions to them can find me at “rjtougas” and glory in my consistent misappraisals! MMC! readers can climb down off the ledge though; “10 on the 10th” posts will continue on.