Twelve Cool Films from the Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is in the books, and there are some cool things that happened at the 70th iteration of this super-prestigious festival.  This will be a causal post where I touch on a few of the things that interest me and therefore should interest you (because I am very often right).  Obviously, I haven’t seen any of these films, so my excitement is completely based on word-of-mouth from the festival and other murmurs.  I’ll recount the winners of the awards, then mention the other flicks that have me excited at the very end.

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Yay for Giant Hippo-Pig Trailers: Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja”

Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho is not subtle when it comes to the themes of his films, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Snowpiercer isn’t so much an allegory for class warfare – it is class warfare, just set on the science fiction environment of an ever-moving train.  The Host is the venerable monster-movie warning that our careless destruction of the planet will come back to bite us – literally in this case.  And so, Okja continues in that same vein.  This Netflix exclusive will compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and then will be available for streaming on June 28th.

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“The Lobster”: A Sardonic Defense of Individual Choice in Romance

The very best satire establishes absurdity as commonplace, and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English-language feature film The Lobster is a fascinating example.  Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, this dark romantic comedy imagines a dystopia where single people are sent to a hotel and given 45 days to find a new partner.  Should they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into the wild.  Some attendees don’t wait that long, and escape into the bordering forest to live in a kind of fugitive singleness.  The Lobster viciously jests through this dichotomy, exploring the nature of relationships and how societal pressures can paradoxically be the cause of both settling and celibacy.

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State of the Blog – May 2016

The minimally observant among my scant reader base may have noticed that I neglected to post a State of the Blog update at the beginning of the month.  Though these posts are among the easiest to draft and write, they still require an amount of focus that I was just not prepared to express for the last couple of weeks.  My professional life has taken over the vast majority of my headspace for the last month, and only now do I feel like I have a window of respite to think and talk movies.  So, instead of simply ignoring the SotB post for this month, I’ll deliver it a couple of weeks late.

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Ten Must-See Films from the Cannes Film Festival

I try my best to limit the number of listicles that I post, which simply amount to some number of things ordered for people to bicker over the order or exclusion of particular things. But, this isn’t so much something like “Harrison Ford’s Top 10 Movies (You’ll Never Guess what #3 is!)”, but instead a brief recounting of my highly-anticipated films to come out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival (which closed yesterday). These aren’t presented in any particular order, but I will mention those which have me the most interested. Almost all of the films that I am excited over competed for the Palme d’Or, but a couple of the films shown outside of competition have me intrigued as well. To make this as easy as possible, each film that I mention will contain a link that film’s imdb page. So, if you find yourself interested, you can find more information with a single click.
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