10 on the 10th – May 2017

The last 10 films I’ve watched are about as solid a group of films as you’ll randomly find. While You’re Welcome, America shows some spottiness that perhaps mars its dizzying highs, the least of this 10 is The Odyssey, a French bio-pic about Jacques-Yves Cousteau that was completely off my radar. The Odyssey feels heavily formulaic, constantly checking off the boxes of bio-pic adversity, but it remains a very enjoyable watch, gorgeous to the eye and featuring Audrey Tautou stealing every scene she’s in. Certainly recommended for fans of JYC.

  1. Macunaíma (Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, 1969)
  2. Planet Earth II (Various, 2016)
  3. Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night with George W. Bush (Marty Callner, 2009)
  4. The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Emilio Miraglia, 1972)
  5. The World of Kanako (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2014)
  6. The Rapacious Jailbreaker (Sadao Nakajima, 1974)
  7. Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981)
  8. The Odyssey (Jérôme Salle, 2016)
  9. One More Time with Feeling (Andrew Dominik, 2016)
  10. Chopper (Andrew Dominik, 2000)

The Andrew Dominik double feature was by accident and I can’t say enough about the visual trick Dominik executes at the end of One More Time with Feeling, conjuring a ghost on the viewer’s retina with uncanny elegance. Possession lived up to its mind-blowing reputation, The World of Kanako felt like a lost Tony Scott film, and Macunaíma is recommended for those aiming for higher degrees of tropical whimsy and absurdity in their Herzog or Jodorowsky. Those looking for more straightforward thrills would be well-served by The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, The Rapacious Jailbreaker, and Chopper. Planet Earth II is listed on Letterboxd and so it makes the last 10 films I’ve watched despite obviously being a TV mini-series. The pigeon-eating catfish help too!

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2 thoughts on “10 on the 10th – May 2017

  1. Scott Meyer May 10, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I’m still annoyed with you for your time-wasting bullshit about The Devils. There is not and will never be a 4k disk blue ray re-elease and that’s straight from Criterion AND Warner Brothers. Please take it down ASAP.

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    • spinenumbered May 10, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      I’m sorry you’re annoyed Scott. In fairness, this whole site is bullshit and, if you like, time-wasting. I’m not reporting on upcoming editions. I’m imagining of what they could be if they were to exist.

      You’re definitely correct on the likelihood of a CC release of The Devils. I think I’m pretty clear in the post on what Warner’s position is on a release of The Devils, although the title has managed to show up recently on Shudder. Still, it shouldn’t stop someone from dreaming though so the post will remain. I anticipate that eventually I’ll write about another title that will NEVER get released (if I haven’t already) but that’s all the more reason to not let that movie become forgotten.

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