Of these last ten films I’ve watched, high marks expectedly go to Claire Denis’ ephemerally masculine Beau Travail and Kenji Iwaisawa’s deadpan tribute to musical inspiration, ON-GAKU: Our Sound. This Easter holiday paired a re-visiting of Henry Koster’s delightful Harvey with a kiddie-version by the Children’s Film Foundation, Mr. Horatio Knibbles. Reports of the CFF film being nightmare fuel at Peanut Butter Solution-levels are definitely overstated, as Horatio is a quirky, if blunt, work of children’s entertainment and not much more. Still, one look at that screen grab and it’s hard not to resist the morbid curiosity it inspires.
- CoinCoin and the Extra-Humans (Bruno Dumont, 2018)
- Koko-di Koko-da (Johannes Nyholm, 2019)
- Tora-san’s Dream of Spring (Yoji Yamada, 1979)
- ON-GAKU: Our Sound (Kenji Iwaisawa, 2019)
- The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Makoto Tezuka, 1985)
- Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)
- Mr. Horatio Knibbles (Robert Hird, 1971)
- Harvey (Henry Koster, 1950)
- Little Dragon Maiden (Hua Shan, 1983)
- Runaway Nightmare (Mike Cartel, 1982)
The last film on this list, Runaway Nightmare, was screened during the American Genre Film Archive’s 10-hour marathon program, AGFADROME. An online fundraising event, AGFADROME was made up of five two-hours blocks each programmed by an AGFA member. Among the unhinged deep cuts, recent restorations, sneak peeks, and found footage mayhem were some MMC! favourites: the LAPD drunk-driving scare film, So You Think You Can Drink and Drive?; the Craig Baldwin-meets-Shinya Tsukamoto insanity of David Boone’s Invasion of the Aluminum People (1980); S. S. Wilson’s remarkable student film featuring killer reels of film, Recorded Live (1975); Damon Packard’s Dawn of an Evil Millennium (1988), a faux-trailer channeling some nasty, Carpenter-esque horror; and Bill and Coo (1948), Dean Riesner’s all-bird tale of a town terrorized by an evil black crow. If you missed AGFADROME, check out the American Genre Film Archive‘s website and support their project by picking up a disc, a shirt, or a download and by just making a donation!