10 on the 10th – May 2021

Road House Matty Ryan TobinReviewing these last ten films I’ve watched, we’ll start with a shout-out to our friend Ronn who had a birthday over the weekend and who celebrated with a private screening of Road House, a non-ironic favourite of his and a standard-bearer of late ’80s action – kick fights, male and female mullets, neon, unbuttoned shirts, blues rock, monster trucks, and gratuitous nudity. It’s probably a bit long, the one-liners are a bit weak, and there are probably a bit too many plot threads than are necessary, but these chinks in the armour of Road House might just add more to its character. Happy Birthday Ronn!

  1. The Sentimental Swordsman (Chor Yuen, 1977)
  2. Road House (Rowdy Herrington, 1989)
  3. Tenebre (Dario Argento 1982)
  4. Supermarket Woman (Juzo Itami, 1996)
  5. Yearning (Mikio Naruse, 1964)
  6. The Search for the Saddest Punt in the World (Jon Bois, 2019)
  7. Mothra (Ishiro Honda, 1961)
  8. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler, 2017)
  9. Space Jam (Joe Pytka, 1996)
  10. The Butterfly Murders (Tsui Hark, 1979)

High marks go to Chor Yuen’s The Sentimental Swordsman, an overstuffed merger of drawing room mystery and wuxia action, and Mikio Naruse’s Yearning, which turns mundane domesticity into tragic melodrama. MMC! would recommend a double bill of Yearning and Juzo Itami’s Supermarket Woman, but we’ll elaborate on that pairing later this month!

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