high rise (2016) dir- ben wheatley


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.