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

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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


This is a list of podcasts I have participated in:

Forgotten Films Podcast

The Silent Partner

The Ritz


Ticklish Business Podcasts

Miracle on 34th Street



Little Women

Humphrey Bogart

The Devils



2019 Oscar Predictions

The Haunting

A Star is Born

Out of the Past

Shawshank Redemption

Deadpool 2

Top Movies of 2017

The Dark Tower

Roll Your Own Top 5: South Korean movies.

What Have You Been Watching Lately: Frenzy

The Dirty Harry franchise

Bring a Topic

The best of 2016

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

The Western Draft

George Romero and the Dead films

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

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

The Musical Draft

The Justice League

2018 Oscar Predictions