According to the dystopian laws of a future society, an apathetic man is sent to a secluded hotel to find a romantic partner in 45 days. If he fails, he’ll be transformed to an animal of his choosing. This movie has a crazy premise! It’s simple, but just plain nuts: “Find a wife in 45 days or else the government will turn you into a freakin’ lobster!” Essentially, it’s illegal to be single in the movie’s version of reality. The story is an arrow to the heart, but there are also many moments of dead-pan comedy, making this movie both thought-provoking and entertaining. The things you’ll see and hear are either unsettling, funny or weirdly… both. If you think “The Lobster’s” premise is way too ludicrous to appeal to you, get ready for that sobering moment when you realize that it actually hits close to home.
Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon @anotherdayanotherfilm
When a disease strikes the sheep of a small Icelandic farming community, two brothers who haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years are forced to work together to save their sheep. A film shot in the natural beauty of Iceland really sucks you into the story. You envy the simplicity! By the way, I bought a knitwear sweater right after I watched this film. #ADAF Recommended by Merve Tekin@anotherdayanotherfilm
GREEN ROOM (2015) The members of a punk rock band fight for their survival when they witness a murder at a remote neo-Nazi bar. Another taut thriller by up-and-coming writer/director Jeremy Saulnier makes his record 2-0 (check out his first movie called “Blue Ruin” -even better). “Green Room” is chock full of suspense, wit, and gore -lostsa gore! One of the smartest slasher films in recent years, that’s if you wanna call it a slasher. Put this movie on your “Pre-Halloween Watch List” and you’ll be glad you did.
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Many of you probably saw “Dallas Buyers Club”, “Wild”, or maybe “The Young Victoria”. The director Jean-Marc separated, also made Cafe De Flore which got the best Canadian film award, but couldn’t get attention it deserves. Cafe De Flore is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in a deep and mysterious way! Whomever I lent the DVD of this film to, loved it! I originally watched this film in 2012, and I still listen to the soundtrack to this day! BEAUTIFUL! Some people judge this film within the first 10 minutes and stopped watching. (I don’t think the beginning is heavy though!) Anyway, keep watching, you won’t regret it. I promise! The cinematography, music, sound, art design, story, acting, directing… all will give you a great taste! By the way, it might change your perspective a little bit. All the awkward randomness in your life may not be so random?
Recommended by Merve Tekin @another_day_another_film
At a time after a global economic collapse, a band of thugs steal a weary drifter’s car. In his pursuit to reclaim his only possession, the drifter manages to capture one of the thieves’ brother, and the two form a shaky bond during their travels. Sure, you can say that this movie is about a man, who has nothing left to lose, on a cat-and-mouse chase set in a post-apocalyptic version of Australia, but “Mad Max” this is NOT. In terms of tone and genre, “The Rover” is actually quite the opposite. It has an undeniable bleakness that steadily seeps into you, much like the way “The Road” (with Viggo Mortensen) does. “The Rover” does have a few action-y-parts, but they’re just punctuation marks on an otherwise slow-burn of a plot structure. And I mean that in a good way. If you’re looking for an up-beat movie to lighten your mood, stay away from this one. If, however, you find yourself in the middle of a particularly somber night and feeling contemplative, give “The Rover” a go. The very last scene of this movie, in my opinion, perfectly sums up the uneasiness the entire story inflicts on its viewer. It’s the kind that stays with you long after the screen goes black.
Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon@anotherdayanotherfilm
The New Zealand movie made me laugh and made me sad too. The year is 1984, Boy has a brother named Rocky and they live in a village with his cousins and his Nan. He is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He also dreams about his father, Alamein, whom he hasn’t seen for 7 years. He imagines him as a hero, but in reality, he’s… different. The story is powerful, the characters are richly established, and it’s a fantastically enjoyable film. The last scene of the movie will make your heart sink. “Boy” is brilliant!
Recommended by Merve Tekin@anotherdayanotherfilm
An “otherworldly” woman preys on men in Scotland, sending her on a journey of self-discovery. Ask anyone’s reaction to seeing “Under the Skin” and you’ll be hard pressed to hear him/her say, “Eh. It was okay.” That’s because this is one of the most polarizing movies in recent years, in that, you either really like it or really hate it. There’s hardly anyone in the middle. I suppose that’s the nature of art house/experimental cinema. Remember how “2001: A Space Odyssey” was received when it first came out in ’68? I, for one, don’t think “Under the Skin” is just some boring, pretentious think piece. It’s more than that; I consider it as an unconventional sci-fi movie for starters. Not everything makes immediate sense, but I have a feeling that that’s exactly the point of this movie. It’s deeply interpretative by design. Scarlett Johansson’s expertly nuanced acting coupled with some insanely hypnotizing visuals ratchets up the ingenuity. Add he hauntingly beautiful soundtrack by Mica Levi to the already mesmerizing images, and you got yourself one helluva cosmic trip. Again, if you decide to check out this movie, there’s 50% chance you’ll love it and there’s 50% chance you’ll hate it. Consider this: I’ll admit that I was tempted to turn off my blu-ray player 15 minutes into this movie… but I gave it a chance. And now, here I’m recommending it here. Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon@anotherdayanotherfilm