‘The Lobster’ review – The most inventive film in years

In Season 2 of Friends, I remember Phoebe making an analogy of lobsters to describe the relationship between Ross and Rachel, considering how the crustaceans mate for life. Whether that inspired Yorgos Lanthimos (an admitted fan) to choose the title for his debut film in the English language, I do not know, but there would be no better animal to describe the essence of The Lobster’s satire. Set in a future where mating has transcended love to become a legal and social necessity, Lanthimos’ latest is the most inventive take on modern society centered on courtship. A creative masterstroke carrying itself with deadpan hilarity, The Lobster isn’t for the faint-hearted or conventional moviegoer. Balancing off-kilter humour and dystopian horror in a masterful blend, this is a film the likes of which has never graced the screen before, and perhaps never will again. Continue reading

‘Goodnight Mommy’ review – The creepiest experience of the year

There’s something about twins that makes our hair stand on end and generally give us the chills, and it’s for that same reason that they have remained staples of the horror genre for ages. There’s something innately unnatural about biological copies, something that may be seated in our confusion in telling them apart, which guarantees the creep factor with mere stares. Goodnight Mommy, or more appropriately Ich Seh Ich Seh (original German title) utilizes this and much more to take us on a psychological ride that unnerves the viewer at every moment. Similar to The Babadook from last year, this is a film that plays games with emotional connections and exploits real human bonds with creative fortitude. Continue reading

Lost River – Gosling’s debut is a mess of borrowed ideas that struggles to find a voice

Ryan Gosling has played a silent protector to a mother and son, a playboy taking a divorced Steve Carell under his wing, both the best and worst boyfriends ever, and in Lost River, he finds his turn as a director drawing from several artists. From the very initiation of talk of his directorial debut, people didn’t know the right words to say, and it would appear they still don’t. In this staggeringly beautiful experiment, Gosling attempts his hand at the surrealist tendencies of Lynch and the heavily driven (pun intended) messages of Nicolas Winding Refn – whom he has worked with before in Drive – and ends up with an oddball mess that fails to hit it where it needs to. Continue reading

Under the Skin – An erotic and poetic nightmare speaking of beauty and desire

I have seen quite a few strange movies in my short time, but only an elite few transcend the barrier from being intentionally confusing shambles to pure visual poetry. After all the hype around other movies this year, it is pleasantly surprising to finally see a shade of Kubrick emerge in this less-than-known movie about an alien Buffalo Bill. Under the Skin is in every sense the most captivating movie I have seen all year, inspired in the light of 2001 and Lynchian themes, resulting in a film that is soaked in metaphors and minimalism that do not drown the point of it all. An extremely strange and unsettling piece, it had me speechless and frozen for the entirety of the runtime and a couple of hours thereafter.
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