The Lobster

Shellfish is off the menu.

Continuing his work as one of modern cinema’s wild cards, writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) scores with a tale of people launching last-ditch efforts at obtaining love.

Fail to partner up within 45 days, and you get transformed into the animal of your choice.

Which for roguish loser Colin Farrell would be the aforementioned shellfish, as he decides he wouldn’t mind crawling around lobster-style the rest of his life.

Quietly bizarre, filled with a great melancholy from start to finish, yet often darkly funny, this is proof love is a battlefield.

Dogtooth

WTF?

That’s probably the most-likely question asked after watching this twisted lil’ Greek puzzler.

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, who has gone on to make other memorable head-scratchers like The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, this one starts weird, then goes batshit crazy from there.

The tale of demented, smothering parents who keep three adult children locked away from the outside world, it’s a giddy mix of highly-inappropriate sex, violence, and gradual descents into madness.

Against all odds, it also copped a well-deserved Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film.

Well done, Academy voters, for once.

 

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Venison is a dish best served cold.

Wait, that’s revenge…

There are no real deer involved in this loopy creep-fest, but a whole lot of payback is involved, both physical and psychological.

As a cardiac surgeon burdened with nasty secrets, Colin Farrell wanders in a daze, unable to stop his family from falling deathly ill from unknown causes.

It all seems to lead back to an eerie teen who blames the petulant papa for the loss of his own dad, and now wants blood for blood.

Odd, yet utterly absorbing, this one will linger in your brain pan for days.