No real duds among these last ten films I’ve watched, but also no gigantic successes except for, perhaps, Only Yesterday which I found absolutely heartwarming, breezy, and humane as only Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli do. White Fire got watched as it was most recently covered by the Arrow Video Podcast and while the movie is an absolute mess, a film that positions Andy Sidaris as an enlightened maestro in comparison, it is too erratic to be denied. Ralph Breaks the Internet was received poorly at its release but I have too much love for the first film and its characters to not be influenced by own goodwill (and by my love of Clive Barker’s “In the Hills, the Cities”). Finally, don’t sleep on the zombie movie Let Sleeping Corpses Lie like I did, and check out Images if you’re interested in seeing Robert Altman go rogue – Nicolas Roeg!
- Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (Jorge Grau, 1974)
- The Joke (Jaromil Jireš, 1969)
- White Fire (Jean-Marie Pallardy, 1984)
- Law and Order (Frederick Wiseman, 1969)
- Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (Shinya Tsukamoto, 1992)
- Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata, 1991)
- Ralph Breaks the Internet (Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, 2018)
- La otra (Roberto Gavaldón, 1946)
- Images (Robert Altman, 1972)
- The Yellow Handkerchief (Yoji Yamada, 1977)
During these last ten screenings, I also finished the Netflix series The Midnight Gospel which takes actual interviews conducted by comedian Duncan Trussell for his podcast The Duncan Trussell Family Hour and places them in a surreal, interdimensional context compliments of Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward. The series centres around Clancy Gilroy, a “spacecaster” who lives on the “Chromatic Ribbon” and uses a “multiverse simulator” to interview residents of worlds as they near apocalyptic collapse. The interviews typically surround topics of mental health, spirituality, and mortality. Ward’s trippy-as-balls and often nightmarish animation runs in partial contrast to the polite and amiable discussions which oscillate between mindful contemplation and dorm room philosophizing. Personally, I enjoyed the series but managed my expectations until the final episode which delivered an absolute gut punch. For those attuned its very particular brand of slacker profundity, The Midnight Gospel is consistently imaginative and ends up being shockingly moving.