The last 10 films I’ve watched are mostly decent (Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders), good (Trouble Every Day, Man vs. Snake, Tenderness of the Wolves, The Life of a Horse Trader), or nearly great (Odd Man Out, Triptych). Etiquette’s Pictures release of Hangs Upon Nothing stands as this last 10’s masterpiece, a hazy, shimmering surf travelogue that basks in home movie immediacy, 16mm texture, and free-form, non-narrative lyricism. Jeremy Rumas’ film cannot be recommended highly enough.
- Hangs Upon Nothing (Jeremy Rumas, 2014)
- Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (Rick Morales, 2016)
- Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001)
- Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy, 2015)
- Tenderness of the Wolves (Ulli Lommel, 1973)
- Triptych (Ali Khamraev, 1979)
- Odd Man Out (Carol Reed, 1947)
- The Life of a Horse Trader (Keigo Kimura, 1951)
- Blackenstein (William A. Levey, 1974)
- The Shallows (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2016)
While technically not a film, Hervé Hadmar’s 3-episode, French mini-series Beyond the Walls (2016) was a great discovery. As a title exclusive to AMC’s new horror streaming service Shudder, it alone makes the site’s free trial period worthwhile. The series’ lead Veerle Baetens channels her inner-Linda Hamilton playing a damaged woman who becomes lost in a vast house that exists outside of normal reality and is home to a very old evil. More an atmospheric dark fantasy than an all-out horror film, Beyond the Walls was compelling viewing throughout its 2+ hour running time.