Trailer Tuesday

The 2019 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, announced its first wave of titles late last month and a second wave of titles earlier today. The Festival is shaping up nicely with an exciting line-up of expectedly peculiar movies. MMC! is stoked for some of these films, so let’s take a look at a dozen bonkers trailers (and read some brief Fantastic Fest summaries) before this Tuesday runs out!

(MMC! doesn’t have any plans to be around Austin during September 19 to 26, but if anyone wants to throw some press credentials at our lowly corner of the blogosphere, MMC! wouldn’t stop you!)

Opening night of Fantastic Fest kicks off with the premiere of Taika Waititi’s JoJo Rabbit (2019). This anti-hate satire apparently made Disney execs less than comfortable during a screening last week and reports state that the studio is more than a bit nervous about this inherited Fox project. That alone make JoJo Rabbit sound worth its ticket price!

“Writer-director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.”

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Josie and the Pussycats (Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, 2001)

Designed for the film lover in mind, SHOUT SELECT shines a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf. From acknowledged classics to cult favorites to unheralded gems, SHOUT SELECT celebrates the best in filmmaking, giving these movies the love and attention they deserve.

LONG TAILS AND EARS FOR HATS!

Re-discover the Pussycats, Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Melody (Tara Reid), and Val (Rosario Dawson), three small-town musicians with big dreams but little future! The chance of a lifetime arrives out of the blue when Wyatt (Alan Cumming) of MegaRecords signs them to an awesome recording contract without even hearing them play. Suddenly, Josie and the Pussycats are living life in the fast lane with sold-out concerts, chartered jets, a number one single, and global stardom. Their good fortune comes at price however and the Pussycats soon discover that they’re being used by their record label’s maniacal CEO Fiona (Parker Posey) to control the youth of America. Featuring a hit soundtrack of pop-punk songs and purr-fectly hilarious performances, Josie and the Pussycats is a modern cult classic about friendship, rock music, and capitalist conspiracies.

Special Features:

  • NEW HD Film Transfer
  • NEW “Back To Riverdale” With Directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont and Stars Rachael Lee Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid
  • NEW “Here and Meow” With Singer Kay Hanley
  • NEW “In Through The Backdoor” With Actors Seth Green, Donald Faison, and Breckin Meyer
  • Audio Commentary With Directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont and Producer Marc Platt
  • Backstage Pass
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Josie and the Pussycats “3 Small Words” Music Video
  • Dujour “Backdoor Lover” and “Dujour Around The World” Music Videos
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes

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10 on the 10th – August 2019

The last ten films I’ve watched lean toward the little seen and hard to find. For example, I had to order the Blu-ray of Five Fingers for Marseilles three times from Amazon before eventually getting one shipped, but I’m very happy to have finally seen it. Matthews’ film proved to be one of those great cinematic experiences where an otherwise unseen world is suddenly presented before you. Five Fingers for Marseilles is a slow-burning, South African neo-western full of gorgeous, hardy landscapes; wonderful, locally-inspired costumes; indelibly lyrical native dialects; and portentous, foreboding camera movements. African cinema can tend to be a blindspot for many of us, but for those who love the tropes of the western and have the patience for slow, atmospheric story-telling, Five Fingers is revelatory.

(Also, a spoiler alert! One of these last ten films will be MMC!‘s next proposed title!)

  1. The Ball at the Anjo House (Kôzaburô Yoshimura, 1947)
  2. Private Property (Leslie Stevens, 1960)
  3. The Devil (Andrej Zulawski, 1972)
  4. The Music of Chance (Philip Haas, 1993)
  5. Terror of Mechagodzilla (Ishirô Honda, 1975)
  6. Paradise Alley (Sylvester Stallone, 1978)
  7. Slap the Monster on Page One (Marco Bellocchio, 1972)
  8. Five Fingers for Marseilles (Michael Matthews, 2017)
  9. An Average Little Man (Mario Monicelli, 1977)
  10. Josie and the Pussycats (Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, 2001)

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Maya (Raymond Bernard, 1949)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Maya.

Maya, a Hindu word describing magic and illusion, is embodied in Bella (Viviane Romance), a bewitching prostitute in an atmospheric port town who conjures the fantasies of visiting travelers and temporarily becomes the women of their dreams. The pragmatic Bella has no expectation of finding true love or leaving her profession until she meets Jean (Jean-Pierre Grenier), a passing sailor who saves her from the police and devotes himself to building a life with her, provided fate does not intervene. Based on Simon Gantillon’s successful play and produced by Viviane Romance herself, Raymond Bernard’s Maya deftly blends the styles and techniques of poetic realism, film noir, melodrama, and Cocteau-like fantasy to create a world of mystery and eroticism.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • “The Film That Made You,” a 1989 conversation between Viviane Romance and Louis le Roy
  • Interview with film critic Italo Manzi on the casting and distribution
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: Essay by filmmaker Guy Maddin

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The Coffee Film Tag: WordPress Style

Big thanks to Tony Nash at Movie Fan Man for including MMC! in his Coffee Film Tag Challenge. For a quick refresh on the project, Tony described the concept and the rules as follows:

A while back on YouTube there was a briefly lived recurring series amongst their film fan community called The Coffee Film Tag wherein those asked aka “tagged” to participate would pick films they loved and match them with a type of coffee flavor. I thought it would be interesting, so long as no one’s thought of it already, to give this Tag the WordPress treatment. Here are the coffee flavors for those who may not have heard of this previously:

  • Black Coffee – A Favorite Film That’s Hard to Get Into
  • Peppermint Coffee – A Favorite Christmas/Holiday Film
  • Hot Chocolate – A Favorite Children’s Film
  • Double Espresso – A Film That Held Your Interest for the Whole Run Time
  • Starbucks – A Film That You’ve Watched More Than Any Other
  • Hipster Coffee Shop – Give an Indie or Foreign Film a Shout-Out
  • Oops….Got Decaf – A Film That Disappointed You
  • Perfect Blend – A Bittersweet Film Mix That Seems Perfect
  • Coffee With Your Sugar – A Film You Might Love a Little too Much
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Have Starbucks – A Film You Tell Others to Avoid

My only rules with this version are to keep the Films pre-1990 if possible, the Holiday & Children’s Films and Films to Avoid being automatic exceptions, to keep the choices unique and interesting, and that two way and three way ties are welcomed and encouraged.

In the interest of encourages ties, I’ll be picking two films for each category – one natural choice that I’ve discussed in some detail already on MMC! (with a link) and one that is fresh and ready to expand upon. Now, on to our MMC! coffee break!

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10 on the 10th – July 2019

High marks among the last ten films I’ve watched for Diamonds of the Night (a moving and surprisingly abstract approach to dealing with the Holocaust – think a better rendering of Son of Saul), Relaxer (a recent Oscilloscope title that seems to be inventing a fourth body genre concerned with other bodily leakages and preoccupied with revulsion and disgust), Memories of Murder (quite a captivating police procedural that nearly lives up to its very esteemed reputation), and Phantasm (an overdue first-time watch that provided an exceptionally random grab bag of horror material collected into a Carpenter-esque package that definitely entertained). A failing grade for Son of Godzilla, whose giant spiders and mantises cannot compensate for the creation of Minilla. Also, I watched Tora-San, the Intellectual having just discovered that an elaborate Blu-ray set is being released later this year in Japan commemorating the 50th anniversary of the franchise and the release of a new film!

  1. Phantasm (Don Coscarelli, 1979)
  2. Dave Made a Maze (Bill Watterson, 2017)
  3. If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (Gianfranco Parolini, 1968)
  4. Tora-San, the Intellectual (Yôji Yamada, 1975)
  5. The Eyes of Orson Welles (Mark Cousins, 2018)
  6. Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-ho, 2003)
  7. Relaxer (Joel Potrykus, 2018)
  8. Son of Godzilla (Jun Fukuda, 1967)
  9. Diamonds of the Night (Jan Nemec, 1964)
  10. Hollywood Shuffle (Robert Townsend, 1987)

Lastly, a shout-out to the Criterion Collection’s release of Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace (1966).  I’m halfway through and I’m blown away. While I expected to love it, the films are not as I expected, often telling their stories in long sequences without dialogue and that proceed like some over-determined, poetically rendered dreamscape. From battlefields to ballrooms to borzois running across vast estates, War and Peace is epic at every turn and an entrancing wonder.