Official and unofficial Criterion announcements having been rolling in since our last “Trailer Tuesday” and fans of the Collection are naturally excited for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), Nicholas Ray’s They Live by Night (1948), and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979). They’re certainly great movies by celebrated directors, but MMC! will take a moment to praise the teased addition of Albert Brooks’ Lost in America (1985), a film that I saw for the first time a few years ago, introduced by Kid in the Hall Kevin McDonald, and that has been fixture on my own proposal list for some time. There are plenty of other great films by Brooks that could bear a wacky “C” and so hopefully we’ll find an opportunity to stump for one of those other titles soon.
Shout Select has similarly been racking up the announcements and teases of late, but I’m most hyped up for the label’s pre-announcement for Doug Pray’s Hype! (1997). Having spent my formative late teens and early twenties at the altar of ’90s grunge rock, indie music, and college radio, I naturally love Pray’s survey of the Seattle music scene and its co-opted demise. No release date or specs yet …
Arrow Video’s recently announced June releases includes Kinji Fukasaku’s Doberman Cop (1977). MMC! is an already declared fan of Fukasaku and this apparent commitment by the label to Sonny Chiba (having already announced Kazuhiko Yamaguchi’s Wolf Guy (1975) as an April release) is welcome news. Doberman Cop is a blind spot in my Japanese genre film viewings, but it looks like the Hepcat in the Funky Hat is still strutting his stuff, this time with a pot-bellied pig in tow. I wonder what his Enraged Lycanthrope would say about this porcine compatriot?
I am a sucker for Brad Pitt doing his affable, laid-back schtick. Lay that alongside a track by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and offer up the director of Animal Kingdom (2010) and The Rover (2014) and you can bet I’ll be watching that! War Machine (David Michôd, 2017) will facilitate a regime-change at Netflix on May 26.
One last trailer, this one for my wife who feeds on action, butt-kicking ladies, and general badassery. As a big fan of John Wick (Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, 2014) and Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015), she’s naturally excited about the prospect of a Leitch/Theron collaboration, and who can really blame her? This does look pretty rad.