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The hotel of online dating in Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster.'

‘The Lobster’ is a profound head-trip about the heart

Yorgos Lanthimos burst onto the scene in 2009 with his proclaimed “absurdist comedy” Dogtooth, that looked into family dynamics through a disturbed lens of abuse, incest, rape, and manipulation. In 2012 he returned with Alps, a slightly more palatable surrealist drama about a service that provides imitation phone calls for the recently deceased. In the opinion of this humble critic, Lanthimos exposed with Dogtooth, as Darren Aronofsky did with Pi and Requiem for a Dream, that he is a fearless filmmaker in terms of raw content, and that he is a visually accomplished artist as well. Continue reading ‘The Lobster’ is a profound head-trip about the heart

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Cannes sounded a little awkward this morning as ‘Dheepan’ took the Palme

I can’t speak too specifically about an event I did not attend. But my experience of the Cannes award ceremony made the thing feel like it landed with an air of uncomfortable awkwardness. I spent a solid twenty minutes this afternoon refreshing my webpages on both The Guardian and In Contention for live blogging updates of the ceremony, reading the occasional tweet about it as well. Mostly this was to see how well my predictions from yesterday fared. Continue reading Cannes sounded a little awkward this morning as ‘Dheepan’ took the Palme

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Dheepan, this year's unexpected winner at Cannes.

So what exactly happened in Cannes in the past two weeks?

What I would have done to be able to attend Cannes, I can’t quite put into words. But just as I predicted, this year’s slate is being praised by attendees as a very strong year indeed. Although Cannes notoriously opens with mainstream fare such as Midnight in Paris, Moonrise Kingdom, Robin Hood, or Up, this year set a dark and ominous tone with troubled youth drama Standing Tall. It got a muted, but respectful response, with Paste Magazine stating that “the sincerity of the endeavor outpaced its execution.” Continue reading So what exactly happened in Cannes in the past two weeks?

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