May had some absolute bangers; both old and new. The biggest film highlights mostly consisted of Nordic extravaganzas: Robert Eggers' The Northman was the type of Hollywood style movie I've been craving for in what feels like forever; Hanna Bergholm's Hatching was an incredibly impressive directorial debut; and Eskil Vogt's The Innocents was an enthralling spin on today's never evending capeshit. Other first time viewings which I enjoyed a lot were Things to Come, Witchhammer, Alison's Birthday and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954).
In non-film entertainment: the B.F.I's online panel discussion on New French Extremity was an entertaining glossary on the movement.
Hyped for Phil Tippet's Mad God finally being released next month.
Things to Come (William Cameron Menzies, 1936)*
The Seventh Commandment (Irvin Berwick, 1961)*
Witchhammer (Otakar Vávra, 1970)*
The Big Doll House (Jack Hill, 1971)
Sweet Sugar (Michel Levesque, 1972)
Frightmare (Pete Walker, 1974)
The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976)*
That Sinking Feeling (Bill Forsyth, 1979)*
Alison's Birthday (Ian Coughlan, 1981)*
Death Wish II (Michael Winner, 1982)
One Deadly Summer (Jean Becker, 1983)*
The Initiation (Larry Stewart & Peter Crane (uncredited), 1984)
The Killer Is Still Among Us (Camillo Teti, 1986)
House Party (Reginald Hudlin, 1990)
Mr. Bean's Holiday (Steve Bendelack, 2007)
New York Ninja (John Liu & Kurtis Spieler, 2021)*
Everything Everywhere All at Once (Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, 2022)*
Hatching (Hanna Bergholm, 2022)*
The Cellar (Brendan Muldowney, 2022)*
The Innocents (Eskil Vogt, 2022)*
The Northman (Robert Eggers, 2022)*
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Rudolph Cartier, 1954)*
First Tuesday -Season 8; Episode 12 - Paul Sykes: At Large (Nick Lord, 1990)*
*First time viewings.
Dada Debaser Notes:
- Matt Cimber's The Witch Who Came from the Sea is another grail film I can finally tick off the watch list. For whatever the reason, it just didn't click for me. Giving it another shot at a later date.
- Ralph Richardson as a Mad Max style post-apocalyptic warlord ruler in futuristic England (the 1970s), was one of my favourite parts from the Things to Come. Loved the future tech designs, too.
- Didn't realise this Frightmare easter egg until now, but the film that Deborah and Graham were watching at the cinema was La Grande Bouffe (1973).
- Hats off to Talking Pictures TV for having The Seventh Commandment, a delightfully sleazy noir being broadcast on a Sunday afternoon. Great alternative to the kid-friendly and chick flick shite that's usually on around that time.
- Full Force deserved their own House Party spin-off movie, imo.
- The hilariously suggestive girl/candle artwork for The Initiation is the only memorable thing relating to the film. Much prefer The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982) - aka Pranks, the other slasher with Daphne Zuniga appearing in it.
- Not seen the uncut version of Death Wish II before. The assault on the maid is way more graphic than I originally remember it being. Doubt I'll ever get my hands on the fabled Greek VHS version, but one can hope. One of the best Bronson lines in that film.
- Might have been a little too long, but the plot twist revelations in One Deadly Summer kept me hooked throughout. First class performance from Isabelle Adjani (in her daisy dukes), too.
- Carson Clay's Playback Time, as featured in Mr. Bean's Holiday is a completely on point derision of pretentious film makers.
- Derivative and unoriginal as The Cellar was, I dug the finale and the obvious homage to Lucio Fulci's classic The Beyond.