It’s another great month of announcements from the Criterion Collection and I’m very excited for Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man (1995), a film that I greatly enjoy even if I can’t ever seem to stay awake through it. This trailer is wonderful, showcasing Neil Young’s superb score, the film’s impressive cast, and my absolute favourite moment – Billy Bob Thornton’s complaints about his hair. Criterion’s edition looks great and even includes the amazing Iggy Pop reading William Blake’s poems.
I’ve only seen clips of Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates (1969) but its unique vision of Armenian folklore looks captivating and with special features exploring its iconography and cultural specificity, Criterion looks like it has put together an edition capable of unpacking this unusual film. Plus, a commentary by Tony Rayns and an essay by Ian Christie! Did I produce this edition?
I’m always happy to cross a title off my lists of potential proposals and Shout Select did just that by announcing the release of Doctor Detroit (Michael Pressman, 1983). In addition to this unusual trailer introduced by the film’s star, Dan Aykroyd, Doctor Detroit offers Howard Hesseman, Fran Drescher, and James Brown proving that it’s hard out there for a pimp.
Reviews have been rolling in this month for early theatrical screenings of The Green Fog – A San Francisco Fantasia (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson, 2017) and the word is good. Originally commissioned for the San Francisco International Film Festival, The Green Fog loosely and rhapsodically remakes Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) from “studio classics, noir gems, documentaries, experimental curios and ’70s primetime television” and features a score by Kronos Quartet. This trailer seems to ably capture the deliriously experimental and cheekily playful quality of this found footage assemblage.
Switching gears, I seem to be a rare fan of both the classic Marv Wolfman-George Pérez comic book The New Teen Titans and the zany hi-jinks of Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic’s Teen Titans Go! In fact, everyone in our household enjoys the current animated series, meaning that its upcoming feature film, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, 2018), may mean a rare visit to the movie theatre by the whole family. What can I say? We all appreciate a 20-second fart joke.
In the process of preparing for MMC!‘s next proposals, I stumbled across this trailer for a trio of 4K restorations screened last month by the Japan Society that features the collaborations between director Yuzo Kawashima and actress Ayako Wakao – Women are Born Twice (1961), The Temple of Wild Geese (1962), and Elegant Beast (1962). These look so amazing! More to come at MMC! for two of these three titles!