Listening to the latest Arrow Video Podcast on Sōgo Ishii’s Burst City (1982), I thought I had scored a rare Sam and Dan bingo by having seen the film and all of the hosts’ related recommendations! In addition to Burst City, I had already watched Ishii’s Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001), Damon Packard’s Reflections of Evil (2002), and Shigeru Izumiya’s Death Powder (1986), but alas I had not yet screened my copy of Versus. I remedied that and found it to be nutso fun, playing like a splatterpunk sizzle reel for Sam Raimi’s Matrix-inspired, live-action adaptation of a supernatural manga. That, plus its weirdo Japanese Robert Mitchum playing a gay Joker really grew on me.
Believe it or not, I also saw Clueless for the first time and it felt like a teen rom-com directed by Paul Verhoeven. Verhoeven has been a master of films that fall so deeply into their satires that they lose sight of their parody and become uncanny versions of their subjects. I enjoyed Clueless and I really think it could develop a bit of a cult following with a little word of mouth.
- The Masque of the Red Death (Roger Corman, 1964)
- Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark, 1986)
- Versus (Ryûhei Kitamura, 2000)
- Luca (Enrico Casarosa, 2021)
- Black October (Terence McKenna, 2000)
- Clueless (Amy Keckerling, 1995)
- The Pit and the Pendulum (Roger Corman, 1961)
- Death Duel (Chor Yuen, 1977)
- Monday (SABU, 2000)
- Soleil Ô (Med Hondo, 1970)
And for those looking for hints on MMC!’s next imagined Criterion edition, that next title isn’t listed above but there is definitely some research going on in these last ten screenings. It’s not much to go on, but I thought I’d mention it anyway. Enjoy the weekend, kids!