10 on the 10th – July 2018

These last ten films I’ve watched are a fun collection of titles. I actively avoid most of Wonder Boys‘ cast but still love that film. O Brother remains a perfect case of fans getting a film ahead the critics and takes on added resonance in the current political landscape. Watching Zach Galifianakis recite Burt Reynolds lines in The Campaign is stupendous, seeing Snoop Dogg cover one of my favourite hip hop tracks in Old School is magical, and every moment of Sam Rockwell in Gentlemen Broncos is proof of divine power at work in our daily lives.

  1. Wonder Boys (Curtis Hanson, 2000)
  2. Aventurera (Aberto Gout, 1950)
  3. The Campaign (Jay Roach, 2012)
  4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2000)
  5. Old School (Todd Phillips, 2003)
  6. Red Rock West (John Dahl, 1993)
  7. Gentlemen Broncos (Jared Hess, 2009)
  8. Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (Atsushi Yamatoya, 1967)
  9. Mad Monster Party? (Jules Bass, 1967)
  10. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton, 1988)

Yet for as unusual a film as was Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (think a Suzuki-esque, free-jazz hitman film with problematic, Wakamatsu-like erotica), the real winner for cinematic wildness was Aventurera, a Mexican melodrama/film noir/musical/revenge film starring Cuban rumba queen Ninón Sevilla. Anyone looking for impossible musical numbers, chiaroscuro, mute henchmen, infidelity, fallen women, ping-pong, back-stabbing, and fruit-inspired stage costumes should run to see this and free me of my periodic use of italics for emphasis!

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