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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Trailer for Dogtooth/Κυνόδοντας (2009), dir. by Yorgos Lanthimos

I watched this brilliant film over the weekend with my pal Chris, and I don’t think I’ll be able to stop talking about it anytime soon. Analysis/discussion to follow. I am elated.

2000s / greece / prix un certain regard 2009 / film / movies / cannes / dark comedy / satire / favorite /

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In its entirety:

Mystery Science Theater 3000 S05E15 - The Wild World Of Batwoman
Opening with a Young American Films short on Cheating and featuring The Wild World Of Batwoman (1966) - dir. by Jeremy Warren

Of course, the feature is about as wild as a coma and has nothing to do with DC Comics.

1950s / 1960s / short / mst3k / in its entirety / film / mystery science theater 3000 / humor / comedy / satire / commentary / so bad /

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Despite hardly being factually sound in its “every… ever” claim, this is a pretty hilarious and astute breakdown of emotional film trailers.

Trailer for Every Oscar-Winning Movie Ever

satire /

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The Rules of the Game/ La règle du jeu (1939), directed be Jean Renoir

I’m on a bourgeois kick, it seems.
This film cuts like a knife - humorous and poetic in its brilliant interpretation of
a comedy of niceties. How funny that Renoir’s receiving audience - Parisian, well-off in their own right - condemned the film upon its release; how funny they seemed to play right into his commentary.

The Rules of the Game is now commonly regarded in the film world as one of the greatest films ever made, closely-ranked with Citizen Kane and Vertigo.

1930s / france / jean renoir / satire / commentary / bourgeois /

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The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie/ La charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972), directed by Luis Bunuel

1970s / france / luis bunuel / surrealism / satire / click through for more /

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