Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018)

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

On the margins of Tokyo, a band of petty thieves take in an abandoned and abused child stranded in the cold. Incorporating the girl into their family, they find new happiness amongst each other, however their tenuous, below-the-radar existence is threatened when their son is arrested and their makeshift family is questioned. Shoplifters is Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest masterpiece, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or and a quintessential expression of filmmaker’s love for  marginalized lives, complex families, and domestic dramas.

Disc Features:

  • 4K digital master, approved by director Hirokazu Kore-eda and cinematographer Ryuto Kondo, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New video interviews with Kore-eda and cast members
  • Documentary on the making of the film, featuring on-set footage
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • PLUS: Essays by critic Imogen Sara Smith and Japanese film scholar Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

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MMC! Gets CUFF’ed!

MMC! is pleased to announce that it will be providing coverage of the 2019 Calgary Underground Film Festival! Now in its 16th year, CUFF is having its biggest year yet with 30 feature films and 33 shorts, plus a Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Party and two different presentations by the Found Footage Festival. Those looking for a wonderful array of out-there art cinema and wild genre picks should be heading toward Calgary’s Globe Cinema on April 22 through 28.

In a press release, CUFF’s festival director and lead programmer Brenda Lieberman remarked:

“I always love seeing how our lineup comes together with the different films we see at various festivals, submissions, and the wide range of stories and genres that are out there. The unique tastes of our programmers are always represented, and this year we have more films, more time slots and the highest number of guests in attendance. Whatever your style, CUFF has something for every film fan.”

You’ll find no argument here as CUFF has programmed many MMC! favourites, including Yann Gonzalez’s giallo-pasticheKnife + Heart; the “Gekimation,” boy’s adventure-nightmare, Violence Voyager, Astron-6’s frontier swan song, Chowboys, Lorène Yavo’s tale of slacker sorcery, Count Your Curses; and Ilja Rautsi’s topically surreal Helsinki Mansplaining MassacreMMC! is likewise hyped for Alex Ross Perry’s punk opus, Her Smell; Peter Strickland’s killer dress film, In Fabric; Luke Lorentzen’s portrait of a family-run, private ambulance service, Midnight Family, Ryan White’s bio-doc, Ask Dr. Ruth; not one, but two films by Claire Denis – High Life and Beau Travail; Calvin Lee Reeder’s sequel to the The Procedure; and the nightmarishly animated surgical-horror short, Caterpillarplasty.

Those looking for more info about CUFF should check out their website. More will come here at MMC! but those looking for ongoing reviews should consult our Letterboxd list for the 2019 CUFF!

Trailer Tuesday

In all my shout-out excitement this weekend, I neglected my main purpose: thanking everyone who voted in our year-end poll! Two films stood atop all others – Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters and Paul Schrader’s First Reformed. Naturally, you can expect to see one of those two films as the subject of MMC!‘s next imagined Criterion title. (No spoilers, but it’ll be Shoplifters!)

Now, on to some trailers!

The Criterion Channel is set to launch on April 8 and the Collection has cut together a rousing trailer promoting it. MMC! already has its charter membership, but there’s plenty here that pricks up our ears: The Safdies! Susan Pitt’s Asparagus! The Devils! Local Hero! The Holy Mountain! Hype!Godzilla and Beyond!” The Channel’s initial line-up has been announced and there’s even more MMC! fan-bait there too: 11 films noir from Columbia, David Lynch’s The Elephant Man, John Woo’s Last Hurrah for Chivalry, Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues, a profile on Charles Burnett, seven films featuring Simone Signoret, AND Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone! (If the Collection ever released a hard media edition of Bugsy Malone, I swear my face will melt right off!)

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More Films and Workshops at CFF 2019!

The Chattanooga Film Festival has released a second wave of announcements, shining a light on more great films and events at the Southern Sundance! Among the loads of intriguing titles, MMC! is looking forward to Studio Ponoc’s anthology film Modest Heroes, the blues-doc Memphis ’69, the Icelandic eco-comedy Woman at War, festival favourite Monos, and the mind-bending Canadian children’s show Cowboy Who? And with still more to come (particularly the CFF’s short programs), the 2019 Chattanooga Film Festival seems poised for another great year.  Respect!

Enjoy the CFF’s latest announcement:

CHATTANOOGA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SECOND HALF OF 2019 LINEUP

The wildly varied collection of films and events ensures there’s something for everyone.

Chattanooga, Tenn. (March 21, 2019) – Less than one month to go before the sixth annual Chattanooga Film Festival is underway, and the second half of the 2019 lineup of films, workshops and events is here.

FILMS:

HARPOON | Director Rob Grant

*Closing night film | Rob Grant in attendance along with producers Michael Peterson and Kurtis David Harder

It’s an honor to close out our sixth year with one of our favorite recent discoveries. Rob Grant’s HARPOON is a brilliantly executed dark comedy that circles around three best friends who become stranded on a yacht.

Synopsis: Rivalries, dark secrets, and sexual tension that emerge when three best friends find themselves stranded on a yacht in the middle of the ocean under suspicious circumstances. | Trailer

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Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, 1980)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Airplane!

In this zany masterpiece written and directed by the trio of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker of The Kentucky Fried Theater, a traumatized fighter pilot (Robert Hays) boards an airliner to win back his flight attendant girlfriend (Julie Hagerty) and becomes the plane’s last hope when the crew and half of the plane succumb to food poisoning. Loaded with surreal humor and rapid-fire gags, Airplane! parodied the popular disaster films of the 1970s and took audiences by storm in the process, a breath of fresh air that turned into a massive box office hit. With an iconic cast that includes Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Airplane! is one of cinema’s most quotable films and an all-time, off-the-wall, comedy classic.

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Criterion Made Mine! The Hedwig and the Angry Inch Edition

John Cameron Mitchell hasn’t been the best about keeping a secret of the forthcoming Criterion edition of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, even announcing just recently that the film was slated for a summer release. Thankfully, and true to John’s word, that announcement came earlier today from the Criterion CollectionMMC! is happy to say we had this back in 2015, right down to the booklet essay by Stephanie Zacharek. The announcement promises “More!” disc features, so MMC! has fingers crossed that the Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig documentary and the Anatomy of a Scene featurette will also find their way to this edition.

June 2019 looks extremely solid with releases of the epic 7-hour War and Peace by Sergei Bondarchuk, Astaire and Rogers’ Swing Time, a Blugrade of the Ingmar Bergman Film Trilogy, and two early efforts by MMC! favourite Bruno Dumont. Thank goodness that earlier today Arrow Academy only announced a multi-region release of Carol Reed’s The Running Man and a Region 2 release of Jacques Tourneur’s Nightfall. Fiscal responsibility, homes!