The Lobster (2015)

Greek writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos has a knack for creating films that are both deeply disturbing and riotously funny. While I found Dogtooth to be distressing to the point of hating it, Alps is one of the funniest films of the past five years, a bone-dry comedy about a disturbing service. The Lobster is a worthy followup that focuses on the perils of modern romance. Continue reading The Lobster (2015)

The Look of Silence (2014)

The more documentaries I watch, the more I’m left reverting back to the same old critiques: too many talking heads, too much reliance on archived footage, and too little compelling film-making. Joshua Oppenheimer certainly falls prey to the first two problems, but I think there’s an interesting filmmaker there, I just don’t think he’s hit his stride yet. Continue reading The Look of Silence (2014)

Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak is a film of places. In many scenes in many films, place can often be incidental. A conversation in a car, a walk down a city street, a cute meet in a nondescript cafe. But in Crimson Peak, every locale is essential to the scene, just as much a character as any of the players in a scene. Every room tells a story, every place has a purpose. Continue reading Crimson Peak (2015)