10 on the 10th – September 2021

My post-Fantasia movie hangover has ground my screening schedule to a near halt, but those that did get watched offered some great moments. I loved seeing Stevie Wonder shred a drum set in Summer of Soul, watching Tora-san tragically step around love in Tora-san Goes Religious?, being in awe of those stunning family portraits in The Fall of the House of Usher, and watching young Japanese men cry (a lot) in Koshein’s pressure cooker of high school baseball. Plus, MMC! does love its feel-bad Italian political thrillers and We Still Kill the Old Way definitely scratched that itch.

  1. Ora Ora Be Goin Alone PosterThe Fall of the House of Usher (Roger Corman, 1960)
  2. Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams (Ema Ryan Yamazaki, 2019)
  3. Tora-san Goes Religious? (Yoji Yamada, 1983)
  4. We Still Kill the Old Way (Elio Petri, 1967)
  5. Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (Questlove, 2021)
  6. Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone (Shuichi Okita, 2020)
  7. Voice of Silence (Hong Eui-jeong, 2020)
  8. Prisoners of the Ghostland (Sion Sono, 2021)
  9. Catch the Fair One (Josef Wladyka, 2021)
  10. Hand Rolled Cigarette (Kin Long Chan, 2020)

A final Fantasia shout-out to Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone, a lovely and quirky rumination on aging that (potentially) imagines dementia as the burden of a surfeit of memories. Its star, Yuko Tanaka, is gently magnetic as an elderly woman surrounded by companions real and imagined, wanted and not. MMC!’s rundown of its favourite short films at Fantasia will drop tomorrow and from there we start imagining hard media editions of Fantasia’s best and brightest. Let’s go!

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