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high rise (2016) dir- ben wheatley

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the lobster (2015) dir- yorgos lanthimos

future shocks executed in retro styles. one is eye popping, lurid and hyperreal like a graphic novel, the other austere, spare like a Dutch painting, both laced with dark absurdities subtle and overstated. love and empathy have been compromised by systematic social control, humanity eating/killing itself to regenerate, propogate a conceit of living, of humanism that sacrifices, negates such ideals. Ballardian/Bunuellian? which is which? you choose. while you still can.

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