Trailer for Alps/Αλπεις (2011), dir. by Yorgos Lanthimos

Saw this the other night with my badd boy Chris at the Gene Siskel Film Center. As I just recently watched Lanthimos’s brilliant Dogtooth (also with my badd boy Chris), I immediately recognized Alps as not just a companion piece, but the other - albeit samely blackened and surreal - side of the same coin. I haven’t yet made time to do my write-up on Dogtooth, but I think I’ll make it a double and write about it side-by-side with Alps. I only wish I’d seen the former in theaters, as well - it was a sublime experience to see this sting of a film on a big screen with a mature and discerning audience (something I love about Siskel Center regs).

One thing I can comment on right now, though, is I’ve figured out what surrealism is. Of course I know and have known the definition, but to truly experience surrealism and understand it mentally, emotionally and even physically is, to me, elation. Lanthimos just gets it. Put our character - our ground and control - into a world that looks and sounds like our own, impose heavy social constructs upon this world involving (what we in “reality” recognize as) cardboard dialog and frigid interpersonal relationships, and have absolutely nobody acknowledge that anything is even remotely strange. Ever. In fact, have our main character be so detached that even when she chooses to rebel, she only further alienates us as the audience as she becomes conspicuous to those around her.

Is it chilly in here, or is that just my heart?

I honestly haven’t had such a visceral experience in a movie theater in I don’t know how long. If you see that Alps playing at your local moviehouse, please go see it. I want to hear what you all think after I write my review/analysis.

2010s / academy award nominee / cinema / director / film / greece / greek / movie / surreal / surrealism / trailer / drama / satire / black comedy / dark comedy /

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First on my go-see-at-the-theatres list:

Pariah (2011), written and directed by Dee Rees

Read the synopsis here.

2010s / drama / independent / film / movies /

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Part one (of eleven) of The Hours (2002), dir. by Stephen Daldry

This movie just broke my heart about a dozen times.

Double-click the video to continue watching on YouTube.

it's all up on youtube / 2000s / drama /

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Speaking of Basil Rathbone…

Drinking contest clip from The Tower Of London (1939), dir. by Rowland V. Lee
Starring a power trio of Basil Rathbone, Vincent Price and Boris Karloff

While these three actors are known for their horror/mystery ties, this film is much more of a period drama. This is particularly interesting, since director Lee had made Son Of Frankenstein earlier that year starring Rathbone and Karloff.

From IMDB:
"In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King Edward IV of England. As each murder is accomplished he takes particular delight in removing small figurines, each resembling one of the successors, from a throne-room dollhouse, until he alone remains. After the death of Edward he becomes Richard III, King of England, and need only defeat the exiled Henry Tudor to retain power."

Definitely worth a watch, especially for those who are unfamiliar with Vincent Price’s early roles.

1930s / basil rathbone / boris karloff / drama / vincent price / film /

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Trailer for The Edge of Heaven/Auf der anderen Seite (2007), dir. by Fatih Akin

Has anyone seen this?

2000s / germany / turkey / drama /

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