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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. Kaili Blues This impressive debut feature by Bi Gan, who was all of 26 when he made it, contains the undisputed Shot of the Month, a 40-minute take that comprises most of the film’s latter half. The marathon sequence, a sort of lucid bobbing and weaving that...
The Lobster Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos Opens May 13 In the stifling law-and-order society of The Lobster, a brilliantly deranged take on the type of conformist dystopia that’s lately made the studios a mint, no one’s out of a so-called “romantic” partnership for long. Single people are sent to a coastal resort where they have 45 days to partner up or else risk permanent removal from civilization—by getting surgically transformed into the animal of their choosing and...
There are clear socioeconomic disadvantages to being single, particularly in a city like New York, where a one-bedroom apartment is rarely affordable on one person’s salary and there’s always some seemingly happy couple vying for the last available two-top at any given restaurant. But it’s a walk in the park compared to the Buñuelian dystopia of Greek writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, in which being alone is actually against the law and all parties...