10 on the 10th – March 2020

MMC! continues to catch up with the best films of 2019 in anticipation of the Film Comment Readers’ Poll. This year, the magazine is giving away a copy of its September-October issue signed by Parasite director Bong Joon-ho. Entries are due by March 31, so be sure to submit your ballot!

  1. Avengement (Jesse V. Johnson, 2019)
  2. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata, 2013)
  3. Les Misérables (Ladj Ly, 2019)
  4. La Belle Époque (Nicolas Bedos, 2019)
  5. The Two Popes (Fernando Meirelles, 2019)
  6. The Souvenir (Joanna Hogg, 2019)
  7. Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001)
  8. Superexpress (Yasuzô Masumura, 1964)
  9. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019)
  10. Tora-san’s Grand Scheme (Shun’ichi Kobayashi, 1970)

Two under-the-radar titles deserve shout-outs. First, La Belle Époque, about a disillusioned cartoonist in his 60s who revisits his youth and his one great love through a service that reconstructs historical eras for its clients. Bedos’ film evokes The Truman Show and Synecdoche, New York, plus a bit of The Parent Trap thrown in, and offers a charmingly wistful take on art, nostalgia, and romance. Second is Superexpress, an entry to Daiei’s “Black” series which featured bleakly cynical stories of industrial conspiracies and shady business-dealings. Superexpress offers a story about a corrupt land deal and presents Masumura’s characteristically crowded, claustrophobic, and oppressive frames. Does anyone know where I can find a comprehensive list for the “Black” series?

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