Movie watching has been slow-going of late, what with television dominating our screening minutes. MasterChef: Australia, Lucha Underground, The Venture Bros., and Guy’s Grocery Games: Supermarket Masters Tournament have been keeping it classy around MMC!. And it’ll be tough times for cinema with Jordskott, Five Came Back, Archer Dreamland, The Gorburger Show, and the NBA playoffs on the immediate horizon. Nevertheless, the last 10 movies I’ve watched are:
- Yakuza Hooligans 893 (Sadao Nakajima, 1966)
- A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1971)
- The Naked City (Jules Dassin, 1948)
- Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2015)
- Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966)
- Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1970)
- Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
- Deafula (Peter Wolf, 1975)
- Porco Rosso (Hayao Miyazaki, 1992)
- Shin Godzilla (Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, 2017)
This just in and you heard it here first – Toni Erdmann is really good. See it before Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson turn it into Dinner with Schmucks (Jay Roach, 2010), a movie that I do enjoy but takes some crazy liberties with its very entertaining source material, Francis Veber’s The Dinner Game (1998).
A Touch of Zen is dazzling to the eye and manages to feel measured and accelerated, dedicated and diverted, all at once. Shin Godzilla takes on the plodding monster that is political bureaucracy (with tongue firmly in cheek). Porco Rosso remains one of Studio Ghibli’s undervalued masterpieces. But a warning should be heeded – stay away from Deafula … far away. Its American sign language-meets-vampire movie premise can’t save it from the failings of its art house pretensions.
Lastly, you can still vote for the cult cinema genre to be featured in our next Arrow Video proposal. Please head over to our poll and vote for your favourite!!!