10 on the 10th – November 2016

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.

  1. hangs-upon-nothingHangs Upon Nothing (Jeremy Rumas, 2014)
  2. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (Rick Morales, 2016)
  3. Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001)
  4. Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy, 2015)
  5. Tenderness of the Wolves (Ulli Lommel, 1973)
  6. Triptych (Ali Khamraev, 1979)
  7. Odd Man Out (Carol Reed, 1947)
  8. The Life of a Horse Trader (Keigo Kimura, 1951)
  9. Blackenstein (William A. Levey, 1974)
  10. 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.

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