While The Killing of a Sacred Deer is easily Yorgos Lanthimos least complex feature from a thematic perspective, the film's tonal blend of subversive horror and pitch black comedy make it endlessly alluring. Tapping into any parents worst nightmare on a primal level, the idea of choosing which of your children lives an which dies, Yorgos Lanthimos has delivered another meticulously crafted feature film which pushes the boundaries of typical dramatic filmmaking, juxtaposing fantasy with existential realism.
Bad Black (2017) - Nabwana I.G.G.
An utterly absurdist genre blender, Nabwana I.G.G's Bad Black is the latest entry in the 'so bad its good' or 'trash cinema' subgenre, a film thats narrative incoherence almost serves as a strength, as the filmmakers deliver a schizophrenic, bombastic redemption story full of action and absurdity straight outta Uganda. Featuring a shoestring budget full of low quality special effects and stunt-work, Bad Black's main appeal is in the dedication and genuine love in which its filmmakers exude in telling this story, with perhaps the most unique and endearing aspect being the fact that the entire film is narrated, giving the film a very Mystery Science Theater 3000 vibe, one which asserts a level of self awareness and genuine glee into this convoluted story about an American doctor and two ghetto kids named Wesley Snipes and Bad Black.
While Luc Besson's debut feature film does struggle with pacing and an overlong running time for a film featuring no dialogue, The Last Combat is a post-apocalyptic exercise full of ingenuity and intrigue, providing a slow-burning deconstruction of human pathos as it relates to personal solitude, exhibiting humanity's primal need for companionship and in turn, connection.
The Ditch (2010) - Wang Bing
A harrowing cinematic endeavor that is a masterclass in ascetic cinema, Wang Bing's The Ditch blends classical drama storytelling with the sensibilities of documentary filmmaking to deliver a powerful and unforgettable tribute to the thousands of political prisoners sent to labour camps under Mao's authoritarian regime
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