First, a shout out to Cole and Ericca at The Magic Lantern Podcast who shared some love for MMC! in their recent discussion of Little Murders. Cole and Ericca provide a great (and very funny) discussion on the relationship at the centre of Arkin’s film. For the record, I’m with Cole – the wedding sequence stands as the most enjoyable part of the movie and Elliott Gould’s unresponsiveness to the demands of social convention or personal interactions is all too recognizable.
My most recent Criterion connection came by seeing Brazilian singer Seu Jorge perform live his selection of David Bowie covers from Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Jorge put on an amazing show, providing a variety of entertaining anecdotes on the making of the film, displaying some nimble guitar-work, and filling the theatre with his deep, impressive voice. The trailer for The Life Aquatic prominently features Jorge’s covers, serving as an effective promo of the singer’s currently touring show. Don’t miss it!
Shout Select has recently announced a number of interesting films receiving their treatment, the oddest of which is probably Penelope Spheeris’ Dudes (1987). While I’d never heard of this movie before, I must say that I’m bizarrely fascinated by this story of punks on a mission of Western vengeance against a group of rednecks who kill their friend. Starring Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck, Flea, and Lee Ving, Dudes looks like precisely the kind of cult favourite and unheralded gem I desire from the label.
Arrow Video’s September announcements includes an MMC! blindspot in Sergio Martino’s giallo/poliziotteschi hybrid The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975). Martino has been the subject of a previous MMC! proposal and with a bonkers trailer like this one, we’re excited for what Arrow has in store.
Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival is set to announce its full slate of films on July 5, but a very recent press announcement has previewed its first wave of titles. Figuring prominently is a Lifetime Achievement award being given to filmmaker Larry Cohen and the accompanying documentary King Cohen (Steve Mitchell, 2017). With a collection of talking heads including John Landis, Yaphet Kotto, J.J. Abrams, Fred Williamson, Joe Dante, and Martin Scorsese and discussions on films like The Stuff (1985), Black Caesar (1973), Q (1982), It’s Alive (1974), and God Told Me To (1976), King Cohen looks primed to entertain.
Fantasia’s first wave of announcements includes various past “Trailer Tuesday” selections like Lu Over the Wall (Masaaki Yuasa, 2017), Night is Short, Walk on Girl (Masaaki Yuasa, 2017), Tom of Finland (Dome Karukosken, 2017), and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Luc Besson, 2017). Being a sucker for Mexican wrestling, Ryan Prows’ Lowlife (2017) looks particularly enticing. Fantasia calls this organ harvesting caper gone wrong “one of the most gobsmacking crime film discoveries that we’ve come across in years” and “an unforgettable instant classic.” Now that’s hype!