Criterion’s announcement of new releases for May was a landslide of titles with a stunning nine new films joining the Collection and two blu-grades thrown in for good measure. It’s pretty impressive for a month without any titles including the name “Zatoichi.” And while Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2 is an amazing addition that includes titles by Edward Yang, Lino Brocka, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, MMC! is most excited by the new edition of Yasujiro Ozu’s Good Morning (1959), a delightful film with a very dated DVD. Here’s hoping that Shochiku’s 4K restoration is as great an up-grade as Tatsuro Kiuchi’s new cover treatment!
Janus Films released its trailer for David Lynch: The Art Life (Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm, 2016), a feature-length interview with Lynch reviewing his early years and his career as an artist across various media. The trailer is appropriately and characteristically unsettling, at least enough to scratch the itch of Lynch fans. We’ll have to see if the doc ends up as a special feature on a future CC edition of a Lynch-directed film or if it ends up as a standalone title with a spine number of its own.
It was MMC!‘s original intention to propose a Shout Select edition of Streets of Fire (Walter Hill, 1984) but the film appeared in the label’s May announcements, resulting in MMC! replacing it with Quest for Fire (Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1981). Like Willem Dafoe’s ducktail hairstyle, Streets of Fire is outrageous, genre-mixing, and disastrous (depending on your perspective). For more on this bizarre film, MMC! recommends the How Did This Get Made? episode discussing the film, Michael Paré’s hatred of Rick Moranis, and Jason Mantzoukas’ ongoing fascination with Diane Lane.
Lastly, a shout-out to local boys Astron-6! MMC! enjoyed the crew’s 2014 giallo-parody The Editor (2014) and is intrigued by their new effort in straight horror, The Void (Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, 2016). Practical effects and Lovecraftian monsters? Yes, please!