10 on the 10th – July 2017

Certainly the most prominent of the last ten films I’ve watched is Baby Driver. Edgar Wright’s reliance on musical conventions create some potential shortcomings – his characters are rather simply drawn, his romantic performances tend toward the syrupy, and the film’s early suggestions of a traditionally integrated musical (at least with regard to its main character Baby) sit uneasily with the rest of the movie – however Baby Driver‘s musically choreographed driving and action sequences (which makes up the majority of the film) are wonders, expertly constructed around a superb soundtrack and thrilling all the way to the movie’s edges. It’s essential summer movie-viewing, sure to be a mainstay on second-year film studies syllabi on the movie musical, and making for a very interesting ride home from the theatre.

  1. Oh, Hello: On Broadway (Alex Timbers and Michael John Warren, 2017)
  2. The Graceful Brute (Yuzo Kawashima, 1962)
  3. Psychout for Murder (Rossano Brazzi 1969)
  4. The Creeping Garden (Tim Graham and Jasper Sharp, 2014)
  5. Baby Driver (Edgar Wright, 2017)
  6. A Report on the Party and the Guests (Jan Nemec, 1966)
  7. Never Too Young to Die (Gil Bettman, 1986)
  8. Taking Care of Business (Arthur Hiller, 1990)
  9. Blue Demon vs. the Infernal Brains (Chano Urueta, 1968)
  10. Jour de fête (Jacques Tati, 1949)

For those looking for quality international cinema, we recommend Yuzo Kawashima’s The Graceful Brute (about a family of con artists defending their ill-gotten lifestyle while their various embezzlements fall in around them) and Jan Nemec’s A Report on the Party and the Guests (an allegorical tale of totalitarianism set amid bucolic picnics and celebrations). Those looking for something more frivolous might consider Blue Demon vs. the Infernal Brains (where legendary luchador Blue Demon occasionally appears to do battle with nonsensical, super-science brain collectors).

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