10 on the 10th – March 2019

These last ten films I’ve watched represent various things: my effort to watch more great art house cinema (I Am CubaTrue Stories), my aim to work through the DEFA catalogue on Kanopy (Trace of Stones), my son’s love of giant monsters (the Godzilla films), my monthly horror watch-group (Horror NoireBlood Bath). The only real failure amongst these ten films was Blood Bath, a too-brief take on a nonsensical story about vampirism and painting. Thankfully, Arrow Video provides three more versions on its Blu-ray release to hopefully offer some improvement. (Those looking for a Roger Corman take-down of artsy-beatnik pretentiousness should stick with A Bucket of Blood (1959).)

  1. Deadbeat at Dawn (Jim Van Bebber, 1988)
  2. I Am Cuba (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964)
  3. True Stories (David Byrne, 1986)
  4. Trace of Stones (Frank Beyer, 1966)
  5. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Masaaki Tezuka, 2002)
  6. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (Shusuke Kaneko, 2001)
  7. Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (Xavier Neal-Burgin, 2019)
  8. Bodied (Joseph Kahn, 2017)
  9. Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier, 2013)
  10. Blood Bath (Jack Hill and Stephanie Rothman, 1966)

I feel somewhat ambivalently about Bodied, a very funny and very talented satire about hip hop and political correctness, both of which are presented as kinds of word games. Without any spoilers, Bodied ends with a condemnation and then a celebration that felt very contrary to me. I expected a deflatation of its apparently happy ending, but it never came and I’m left wondering about Bodied‘s “rules” (or lack thereof) for rap battles and the morality of its contest. If anyone has seen Bodied, I’d love to hear some thoughts – Are the contradictions in Bodied‘s conclusion able to be reconciled? Are they meant to be? If not, what are we to take from its conflict?

2 thoughts on “10 on the 10th – March 2019

  1. James Morazzini March 10, 2019 / 1:54 pm

    The story behind the various versions of Blood Bath is more interesting than the film itself. Pretty much the same situation as the multiple versions of Raiders of the Living Dead.

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