Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Note: With The Lobster in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the New York Film Festival.
Audiences have come to expect the bizarre from director Yorgos Lanthimos, who broke out in 2009 with the wonderful and unsettling Dogtooth, and The Lobster definitely doesn’t disappoint on that front. It’s set in a dystopia where single people are transformed into animals; the title refers to the animal that Colin Farrell‘s David has chosen to become if he can’t find a mate.
If weird were all The Lobster had going for it, though, it’d be little more than an experimental curiosity. What makes The Lobster must-see viewing is the film’s pitch-black sense of humor, its uncomfortably keen insights into real-life relationships, and even, in spite of everything else, its aching romanticism. Read More »
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Colin Farrell is at his best when he’s not trying to do the movie star thing. For every Total Recall, there’s a Seven Psychopaths. For every Dead Man Down, there’s an In Bruges. His career becomes even brighter when you start to appreciate how he refuses to phone in performances in movies where it would have been easy to sleepwalk, like Fright Night and Winter’s Tale, which is the kind of legendarily bad movie that every actor deserves to have on their resume just so they can say they were there.
One of Farrell’s more adventurous performances in recent years is in The Lobster, director Yorgos Lanthimos‘ English-language debut set in a world where single people are transformed into animals if they don’t find a partner. It turns out that Farrell is a perfect vessel for Lanthimos’ pitch black and surreal sense of humor, so it’s only a good thing that the two of them are teaming up for another movie.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
After spending the past year lighting up the festival circuit, Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster is finally gearing up for its U.S. theatrical debut. Originally, the plan was for Alchemy to release The Lobster in the states on March 11, but as you may have noticed, that didn’t happen — the distributor ran into some financial troubles, and the release was scrapped. So A24 has swooped in to scoop it up, and now they’ve announced a new U.S. release date for The Lobster and unveiled a new U.S. trailer to go with it.
Colin Farrell leads the blackly comic romance as a man desperate to find love — because in his society, people who stay single too long get turned into animals. And it doesn’t get any less weird from there. Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw also star. Watch the latest The Lobster trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
We’ve got all kinds of romances at the cinema this year. Love is blossoming amid zombie apocalypses and inspiring superpowered vengeance and overcoming Nicholas Sparks-ian brushes with death. But when it comes to sheer weirdness, all of these love stories pale in comparison to Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster, which is set in a world where singletons who can’t find a mate within 45 days are turned into an animal of their choosing.
Colin Farrell leads The Lobster as sad-sack David, who’s just been left by his wife. He’s whisked away to an idyllic retreat for single people, all of whom have come with the same goal in mind: find a “well matched” spouse so they don’t have to spend the rest of their lives as a dog, or a horse, or in David’s case, a lobster. And that’s just the starting point for the surreal joy and pain that unfolds. Watch The Lobster U.S. trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Yorgos Lanthimos is lining up a high-powered cast for The Favourite, as Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman have all entered talks to star. That’s not too surprising, considering the success he’s had with Dogtooth and now The Lobster. No, the weird part is how un-weird it sounds. As far as we can tell, The Favourite is a pretty straightforward historical drama.
Get details on the Emma Stone Yorgos Lanthimos movie after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
When you’re single and lonely, it can feel like the whole world is full of smug couples judging you for your solo status. In Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster, they literally are. Singlehood is a crime in this society, and those caught committing it are given 45 days to find a mate, or else be turned into an animal of their choosing.
It’s an absurd premise, but we’d expect no less from the director of Dogtooth. In this strange dystopia, David (Colin Farrell) meets and falls for a woman from another community, where coupledom is strictly forbidden. Watch The Lobster trailer after the jump. Read More »
Above is your first look at what might be one of the weirdest movies of the year. Doesn’t look so strange, does it? But this is the first shot from The Lobster, by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps). That should tell you something right off. And we’re guessing that in the film, we’ll see one of these three guys, Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw, and John C. Reilly, turned into an animal. How? Read more below. Read More »
The director of Dogtooth and Alps is now shooting his new film, but this one is a bit different than the two art-house offerings that made Yorgos Lanthimos a festival favorite. The new film is The Lobster, which is described in brief as a “dystopian love story.” It will be the director’s first English-language film. The cast is something else indeed: John C. Reilly has just signed on to The Lobster, along with Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty), Michael Smiley (The World’s End), and Jessica Barden (Far From the Madding Crowd). Read More »
Briefly: Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, who directed Alps and Dogtooth, is making his first English-language feature. The Lobster is “an unconventional love story” that has been coming together for a while now. What makes it unconventional? The fact that it is set in a dystopian future isn’t all that odd in the days of rampant YA adaptations, and the fact that this particular future makes it “a matter of life or death” to find a life partner isn’t even the unusual bit. No, there’s something in the script about people being transformed into animals if they don’t fit in. Yeah, that’s the unusual part.
Most of the cast has been set since last fall, but Jason Clarke seems to have dropped out, and Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are now on board. They join the previously cast Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia. Lanthimos wrote with frequent collaborator Efthimis Filippou, and we can’t wait to see what weirdness they’ve cooked up. [THR]