The Criterion Collection’s announcements for January 2019 look great, but it’s the contrast between the trailers of two forthcoming films that I find particularly intriguing this month. On the one hand, we have the simple, elegant, unadorned trailer for Abbas Kiarostami’s 24 Frames (2017). Painterly and quietly compositional in its attention, the trailer ably expresses Kiarostami’s focus on “movement, perception, and time.” More non-narrative films go Criterion please!
In contrast, the trailer for Norman Jewison’s In the Heat of the Night (1967) is a barrage of staccato cuts that punctuate moments of snarling contempt (and there’s plenty of those to work with). This nasty little exercise is a wonder and like all of the Collection’s forthcoming titles, it can’t come fast enough!
Just arrived is Milestone Films’ 4K restoration trailer for Mikhail Kalatozov’s I Am Cuba (1964) and it’s glorious. Batista’s Cuba has probably never looked so glamourous, decadent, magisterial, contentious, impoverished, and cinematic. Viva!
Remember when George W. was considered by some to be a punchline and his government an evil empire? Adam McKay’s Vice (2018) does. Personally, I probably could have taken or left this movie, but then I was introduced to this millennium’s greatest single idea: Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush!
Here’s an odd one. I’m what you’d probably describe as a lapsed wrestling fan. I grew up with it and loved it, but then it fell out of favour with me. Over the last few years, my interest has been rekindled as non-WWE promotions like Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Lucha Underground, and (perhaps most importantly) New Japan Pro-Wrestling came up on my radar. This month, NJPW’s Tetsuya Naito teased a new member to his Los Ingobernables de Japon faction with a ridiculously over-cool video. It’s silly and audacious and I love it. Tranquilo!
As I’ve mentioned before, MMC! will be attending and reporting on the 2018 edition of the Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival and for those looking forward to it, the SFFF recently released its trailer for the event. With its great line-up, it’s only natural that this sizzle reel sizzles. MMC! really appreciates the SFFF’s support and I’m looking forward to reporting on its goings on!
But wait! There’s more…
MMC! is proud to announce that it will also be reporting on the 2018 Ithaca Fantastik! Running October 26 to November 4, this 7th edition also features a great line-up of the weird and unusual films that MMC! loves. Expect a post in the coming days previewing Ithaca Fantastik!