Have you ever watched a trailer for a movie and thought, "Oh! Someone made something just for me?" This is how I felt when I watched a preview of The Lobster, a dystopian romantic black comedy that I want to see with all of my being.
The film, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, is set in a society where single people are rounded up and carted off to a hotel where they have 45 days to find a mate. If they are unable to couple up within the allotted time-frame, they are turned into an animal of their choice. Farrell's character goes with a lobster which is cute because lobsters mate for life.
The trailer opens with two questions I've been asked a lot recently: "Have you ever been on your own before?" and "Your last relationship lasted how many years?"
My answers are basically the same as the protagonist's (well, my last relationship was ten years, but still) and I usually answer them in a similarly dispassionate manner.
Obviously I was immediately intrigued.
Described by film critic Guy Lodge as a "wickedly funny protest against societal preference for nuclear coupledom," The Lobster feels equal parts absurd and "too real." It's playing now in select theaters, so I will probably be seeing it this weekend, and you should too so we can talk about it.
In the meantime, I've rounded up some of my favorite, slightly weird and absurd, but extremely wonderful movies, and I love to discuss them with you. I'd also love to hear about your favorite strange films, so leave a trailer in the comments!
The One I Love
This is one of my favorite movies I've seen in the last couple of years, but I can't really tell you what it's about, because it would spoil the whole thing for you. The trailer does a great job of giving you the "feel of it" without giving away anything, but the best way to describe it are in the words of Ethan, played by Mark Duplass, who sums up the plot as "some weird version of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Basically, it's one of the best films about marriage I've ever seen.
This movie kept showing up in my Netflix suggestions for months, and my only regret is that I didn't watch it sooner. It's slightly more depressing than the trailer lets on, but it tackles depression, creativity, and artistic jealousy in a deeply satisfying and entertaining way. It also has a really good soundtrack.
This 2009 film was written and directed by Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son, nbd) and was one of the first movies that made me go "this is weird and I really like it." It was also the first movie that made me go "Sam Rockwell could get it."
Maybe it's because I love Jason Shwartzmen and Adam Scott more than I love myself, but I thought The Overnight was a hilarious, awkward, somewhat painful look at marriage, sexuality, and monogamy. Scott is the perfect straight man to Shwartzmen's more outlandish character, and their chemistry is frankly adorable.
Okay. So I haven't seen Obvious Child yet, but I really, really want to, as it is (as far as I know) the only movie to be billed as an "abortion comedy," and Jenny Slate is a golden goddess.
Now I'd like to hear from you! What's your favorite "out there" movie? Will you be seeing The Lobster?