MAKING A KILLING: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Murder on the Orient Express


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Warning: SPOILERS
When I saw writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos and writer Efthymis Filippou’s earlier film Dogtooth, I must be honest and say I didn’t have the most favorable reaction and many might consider that odd.
I felt it a rather dated attack on middle class mores that had already been done to death in the 1950’s and 60’s, especially in the off-Broadway theater.
But then I saw The Lobster, their last film, an hysterical satire and social commentary on love and relationships and the society that promotes them.
And now I’ve seen their latest, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and I realized I was partially right about my earlier analysis because the more I see of their work, the more I realize the turgid social commentary of those decades are not their main influences. Rather, these two artists are the 21st Century embodiment of the existentialist/theater of the absurd practitioners like Beckett, Ionesco, Sartre, Albee and others of that ilk. Continue reading

Podcasts


This is a list of podcasts I have participated in:

Forgotten Films Podcast

The Silent Partner

http://ow.ly/LBFM30o1qcy

The Ritz

http://ow.ly/hwJa30b3BHO

 

Ticklish Business Podcasts

Miracle on 34th Street

http://ow.ly/8TLU30hHqTq

 

LAMBcasts

Little Women

https://www.vulture.com/2018/09/soon-yi-previn-speaks.html

Humphrey Bogart

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/lambcast/episodes/2019-12-03T12_12_58-08_00

The Devils

http://www.largeassmovieblogs.com/2019/09/lambcast-497-the-devils-motm.html

Silverado

http://ow.ly/XWGn30o7XzP

 

2019 Oscar Predictions

http://ow.ly/2GoS30o1qas

The Haunting

http://ow.ly/2qPJ30mje24

A Star is Born

http://ow.ly/OGR930maqpn

Out of the Past

http://ow.ly/1ir030lX6cm

Shawshank Redemption

http://ow.ly/UzWg30ktWnZ

Deadpool 2

http://ow.ly/ILdt30ktW91

Top Movies of 2017

http://ow.ly/f0ue30hHr83

The Dark Tower

http://ow.ly/G4R930eGKyO

Roll Your Own Top 5: South Korean movies. 

http://ow.ly/ppu630eGKD7

What Have You Been Watching Lately: Frenzy

http://ow.ly/yBKm30ddnMG

The Dirty Harry franchise

http://ow.ly/rCkB30b3Che

Bring a Topic

http://ow.ly/pGZY30b3Dyw

The best of 2016

http://ow.ly/pyi730h0bbx

What We’ve Been Watching Lately (I talk about The Big Sleep)

http://ow.ly/H7mz307vtwk

The Western Draft

http://ow.ly/ScmQ30h0b0u

George Romero and the Dead films

http://ow.ly/2oVI30h0b8V

What We’ve Been Watching Lately, Horror Special (I talk about Suspiria)

http://ow.ly/OywC30h0ar0

On the 400th Anniversary Podcast for the LAMB, I discuss Murder on the Orient Express

http://ow.ly/Iuzp30h09w3

The Musical Draft

http://ow.ly/Ae4e30h09TV

The Justice League

http://ow.ly/TcgF30h0aiM

2018 Oscar Predictions

http://ow.ly/f7Bn30iJyda