10 on the 10th – October 2016

Some great movies can be found in the last 10 features I’ve watched. Hunt for the Wilderpeople remains my favourite film of the year and OJ: Made in America and Aferim! will both certainly have places on my “Best of 2016” list. In addition, Son of the White Mare and Bob Roberts will definitely reappear on MMC! in stand-alone proposals.

On the other hand, I can’t decide if the outlandish successes of Blood Diner are overwhelmed by its general terribleness. I am sure that Captain America: Civil War is a mess, taking super-powered heroes in colourful costumes and making them progressively more miserable, punching their way through a real problem constructed as a false binary, and passing off conflict and angst as depth and maturity. Were it not for the Black Panther, Spider-man, and Marisa Tomei to provide some reminder that these films are in fact based on comic books, Civil War might have been unwatchable.

  1. hunt-for-the-wilderpeople-posterSon of the White Mare (Marcell Jankovics, 1981)
  2. Aferim! (Radu Jude, 2015)
  3. Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins, 1992)
  4. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi, 2016)
  5. Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1970)
  6. O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman, 2016)
  7. Loves of a Blonde (Miloš Forman, 1965)
  8. Blood Diner (Jackie Kong, 1987)
  9. The Great Flood (Bill Morrison, 2012)
  10. Captain America: Civil War (Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, 2016)

I suspect many will disagree with my assessment of Captain America: Civil War. You can find more of my misplaced grievances at my Letterboxd diary.

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