MMC! is currently caught in the doldrums of February screenings. As per usual, late December through February means trying to catch up with 2019 releases in an effort to round out sundry “Best of” lists. The effect of watching so many films based more on timing than interest (and inevitably finding most undeserving of their accrued regard) is to grow weary of screenings altogether and to otherwise skirt towards the periphery of respectability. Perhaps this also helps explain the interminable delay in MMC!’s first proposal of 2020.
- Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää, 2019)
- Eastern Condors (Sammo Hung, 1987)
- Tora-San’s Cherished Mother (Yoji Yamada, 1969)
- High Life (Clair Denis, 2018)
- The Art of Self-Defense (Riley Stearns, 2019)
- Kaiju Mono (Minoru Kawasaki, 2016)
- An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn (Jim Hosking, 2018)
- Crawl (Alexandre Aja, 2019)
- Bumblebee (Travis Knight, 2018)
- The Golden Glove (Fatih Akin, 2019)
While these last ten films lack anything truly revelatory or any unqualified favourites, they are frequently audacious, strange, and captivating in their individuality. There are some ugly ducklings here that I found particularly fascinating (The Golden Glove, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, and Dogs Don’t Wear Pants) and I have a solid elementary school-aged opinion that Kaiju Mono and Bumblebee are quality watches. Please, take these screenings and get weird.