The Favourite (2018)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Yorgos Lanthimos completes his hat-trick of good movies. One of the most gifted contemporary director.
2) A sickly pushover queen finds herself in the middle of two over-ambitious women in early 18th century England.
3) The outstanding trinity of actresses.
4) A tremendous soundtrack for classical music connoisseurs.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Queen Anne: Are the people really angry about the land tax?
Duchess of Marlborough: They’ll be angrier when the French are sodomizing their wives and planting their fields with garlic.

The Lobster (2015)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

Pros –
1) Background score
2) Body-horror factor
3) Vigorously romantic
4) Cinematography
5) Supporting cast
6) An uncanny analogy with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (Léa Seydoux/Nurse Ratched, Blind lover/ lobotomy, final escape)

 

Cons –
1) Ambiguous climax
2) I watched it as a sci-fi fan completely ignoring the subtle social satire.

 

Quote –
“Hotel Manager : What does the photograph show?
Lisping Man : A naked woman on a horse in the country
Hotel Manager : If I were in your shoes I would not be
ogling the naked woman but the horse”