Tag Archives: surreal

Good Time (2017): “You ever do time before?”

Motivated by an almost ferocious love for his intellectually disabled brother, Nick, and an explosive mix of desperation and thirst for a better life, the abrasive and fledgling criminal, Connie, involves his sibling in an ill-conceived bank robbery that swears to be a quick and easy job. Instead, things go utterly wrong, and Nick will […]

A Mixed Bag at the Cinema: The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) & Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

So recently I’ve been making quick review posts about films I’ve seen at the cinema; films I’ve grouped together as being super fantastic or super disappointing. This time around, I thought I’d post about a bit of a mixed bag – one film I loved so much I wanted to hug it to death, and […]

Thoughts on… The Lobster (2015)

Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ sixth feature film, The Lobster (2015), is a strange and wonderful affair; a film that will stick in your mind for quite some time. It’s a story about the state of courtship and love in an unfamiliar, uncompromising, and mildly upsetting future. Its synopsis is as follows: In a dystopian near future, […]

Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005): “What a strange dream.”

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
Potential viewers need to be aware that in order to watch Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005), you need to have a healthy tolerance for the more ridiculous aspects of cinema. This film was brought into being by three directors (Katsuhito Ishii, Hajimine Ishimine, and Shunichiro Miki), and is extremely…

Tokyo! (2008): Transformation, anarchy, rebirth.

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
Tokyo! (2008) is a collection of three short films, tied together by their location and surreal overtones. Three visionary directors team up for this bewildering film, each needing no introduction whatsoever – Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho. Each of the three short films has its own visual quirks,…

Genre Grandeur: La Cravate (1957)

Originally posted on MovieRob:
For this month’s final entry for Genre Grandeur February – Latin Directed movies, here’s a review of┬áLa Cravate (1957) by Anna of Film Grimoire who chose this month’s genre for us all. If you missed any of them, here’s a recap: This month we had 16 review for GG: La Bamba…

Two Short Films: Midnight Parasites (1972); The Fall of the House of Usher (1928).

Today I watched two short films, both of which were surreal and amazing, but very different from one another.

Synecdoche New York (2008): Quick-shot review!

A riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. Synecdoche New York (2008) is a masterpiece straight out of the mind of Charlie Kaufman, the genius behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). This is a film where the lines between reality and illusion are increasingly blurred, especially when it comes to reflecting […]

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989): Quick-shot review!

What a film. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989, dir. Shinya Tsukamoto) is a Japanese film about… well… I’m not entirely sure. Handing it over to the capable hands of IMDb for the synopsis: A strange man known only as the “metal fetishist”, who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his […]

Last Year At Marienbad (1961): “Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses.”

At once a mystery, a surrealist exploration of the nature of truth, and one of the most mindblowingly confounding films made, Last Year At Marienbad (1961, dir. Alain Resnais) tells the ambiguous story of a man and woman who may or may not have met before. It sounds like such a simple premise – two […]