10 on the 10th – January 2018

With just a few major films of 2017 still to see, I expect Kogonada’s Columbus (2017) to be my favourite film of the year. I naturally love the movie’s formal rigour, being full of compositional matches and self-reflexive treatments of architecture that draw in complimentary ideas about the nature of film (oh, those mirrors!), however I also found it emotionally clear and engaging. It helps that I live in a city with its own particular debt to modernist architecture. Is John Cho’s “brutal” comment when looking at Haley Lu Richardson’s concrete school an architecture joke?  I hope so, because I laughed like it was.

  1. The Vampire and Sex (René Cardona, 1969)
  2. One Piece: Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals (Atsuji Shimizu, 2002)
  3. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
  4. Columbus (Kogonada, 2017)
  5. A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan, 1957)
  6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson, 2017)
  7. Top Hat (Mark Sandrich, 1935)
  8. Kamikaze 1989 (Wolf Gremm, 1982)
  9. Snows of Grenoble (Jacques Ertaud and Jean-Jacques Languepin, 1968)
  10. 13 Days in France (Claude Lelouch and François Reichenbach, 1968)

A few final thoughts:

  • I find it hilarious that the vampire in the Santo-starring The Vampire and Sex seems only able to drink the blood of women while they’re topless.
  • I also find it hilarious how wrong that movie portrays mirrors.
  • My wife put The Last Jedi at the top of her non-original trilogy list, but I felt almost nothing for it either way.
  • You know that Marilyn Monroe is sexy when even a 4 year-old boy stops in his tracks multiple times to watch her giggle and bounce.
  • I’m loving the Criterion Collection’s Olympic box and I’m very happy with my approach of starting in the middle and working my way outwards.
  • One of these ten films will be my next MMC! proposal!
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2 thoughts on “10 on the 10th – January 2018

  1. aaronwest January 11, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    Columbus is up there for my favorite of the year. I am optimistic it’ll get a Criterion release because of the way kogonada has his own rights and a connection with Criterion. I have a feeling it’ll be a rewarding rewatch and my appreciation will grow. You may have heard on the latest episode that mother! is my favorite so far this year, and from your list, I think we are agreeing to disagree there. The Olympics set is a thing of beauty! I’ve slowed down now that I’ve gotten back into the swing of the new year, but expect to finish it quicker than I’d hoped.

    • spinenumbered January 11, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      I’d love to see a CC version of Columbus! (Can I write a proposal before an announcement? Hmmmm …)

      I don’t think we’re that far off on mother! I definitely appreciate it and think it is wonderfully acted, exceptionally produced, and admirably ambitious. My issue with the film is how greatly it exists in the realm of metaphor. As much as I’m a sucker for dream cinema and surrealism, the centrality of its metaphor is too wide, too encompassing, and too general for me to feel its stakes and so it becomes almost frivolous for me (no matter how spectacular it becomes). I am a big fan of Aronofsky and certainly don’t blame anyone for loving it (you) or anyone for detesting it (both our wives). I end up somewhere inbetween.

      Great episode to start the new year btw. Cole and Ericca are classy as F, as always. I’m currently reading the Cultography on Frankenstein and thought of Cole when it discusses Bordwell’s idea of “The Law of the Adolescent Window.” LOL!

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