10 on the 10th – January 2020

As is common for this time of year, MMC! is dividing time between catching up with last year’s blind spots and regular screenings. Thankfully, these last ten movies include some real gems. Khalik Allah’s experimental effort in portraiture, Field Niggas, is rhapsodic, confrontational, dignified, and humane. Ching Siu-Tung’s Duel to the Death is a late wuxia that gleefully verges on Looney Tunes and Monty Python-esque madness. Knives Out, Booksmart, and Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans offered plenty of laughs, however the groaning comedy of My Lucky Stars was only redeemed by the pair of stellar action sequences that bookend the film.

  1. Field Niggas (Khalik Allah, 2015)
  2. Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-Tung, 1983)
  3. Knives Out (Rian Johnson, 2019)
  4. You Can Succeed, Too (Eizo Sugawa, 1964)
  5. Booksmart (Olivia Wilde, 2019)
  6. Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans (Jeff Mednikow, 2019)
  7. The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (Robert D. Krzykowski, 2018)
  8. Riding Bean (Yasuo Hasegawa and Osamu Kamijo, 1989)
  9. Memory: The Origins of Alien (Alexandre O. Philippe, 2019)
  10. My Lucky Stars (Sammo Hung, 1985)

It might have been noticed that December had no “10 on the 10th” post. The sad truth of the matter was that I simply forgot, what with the holiday season ramping up and my trying to wrap up an imagined Criterion Collection release of The Limey (Steven Soderbergh, 1999). Movies were still getting watched though and so, for anyone who might be curious, here were December’s “10 on the 10th” titles!

  1. S&M Hunter: Begins (Shûji Kataoka, 1985)
  2. Nekrotronic (Kiah Roache-Turner, 2018)
  3. One Child Nation (Nanfu Wang and Zhang Jia-Ling, 2019)
  4. The Pool (Ping Lumpraploeng, 2018)
  5. You Can Succeed, Too (Eizo Sugawa, 1964)
  6. Dolemite Is My Name (Craig Brewer, 2019)
  7. The Inland Sea (Lucille Carra, 1991)
  8. Outer Man (Minoru Kawasaki, 2015)
  9. Spectres of the Spectrum (Craig Baldwin, 2000)
  10. Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke, 2018)

Two months and two screenings of Eizo Sugawa’s wonderful musical You Can Succeed, Too, a favourite discovery of MMC! in 2019. That can’t mean anything, can it?

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