10 on the 10th – January 2019

These last ten movies I’ve watched reflects two things: (1) I’m trying to catch up with the movies of 2018 and round out my list of favourites for the year, and (2) I’ve discovered Kanopy and I think I’m in love. (Not that I need to tell anyone reading this post but) Kanopy is a streaming service with an impressive collection of classic films, independent cinema, and documentaries. Probably the most stupendous aspect of Kanopy (over selections from The Criterion Collection, Kino, A24, Oscilloscope, The Orchard, Flicker Alley, Arbelos Films, the DEFA Film Library, and others) is the inclusion of Frederick Wiseman’s entire documentary catalog, so expect to see more Wiseman appearing on future “10 on the 10th” posts and on MMC!‘s top film discoveries for 2019!

  1. Racetrack (Frederick Wiseman, 1985)
  2. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)
  3. All You Can Eat Buddha (Ian Lagarde, 2017)
  4. The Phenix City Story (Phil Karlson, 1955)
  5. Vice (Adam McKay, 2018)
  6. Darker Than Amber (Robert Clouse, 1970)
  7. The Other Side of the World (Orson Welles, 2018)
  8. Save the Green Planet! (Jang Joon-hwan, 2003)
  9. Happy as Lazzaro (Alice Rohrwacher, 2018)
  10. Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall, 2018)

Ian Lagarde’s All You Can Eat Buddha deserves some comment here as possibly the least known title of the ten. This small, Canadian film stars French actor Ludovic Berthillot as a mysterious, diabetic, Québécois tourist who becomes the patron saint of a waning all-inclusive resort, quietly performing miracles and bringing slow ruin to the vacation spot while allowing his own body to deteriorate. Buddha is strangely funny and hauntingly enigmatic, operating something like the snowbird nexus between David Lynch and Luis Buñuel. (And while technically having a late 2017 festival release, Buddha sits as my #13 title of 2018.)

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