Even though I liked Her, I can't say just how much yet--I had a harder time getting beyond the premise than I thought I would. Maybe it has something to do with all the parodies I've seen floating around the Internet (like this one). Videos like these emphasize the strangeness of Her's conceit more than Jonze's own script, which makes the first half difficult to really go along with. For a good while, I remember thinking that my favorite thing…
Dogtooth doesn't have a plot you can read in a traditional sense. It doesn't follow any conventions or fall within the bounds of any genre. It plays by its own rules, uncoiling casually until it's good and ready to strike. That, and the bluntness of its content, is what makes Giorgos Lanthimos' picture a suspenseful, gripping experience.
It's not wholly unique, though. Art house movies are different from the mainstream but alike in their own ways. The story in Dogtooth…
This one gets a half-star bump for being a classic by a venerable director. Otherwise, I never found a way into this one, as with Two Rode Together, the other Ford film I recently watched.
Of course, with Two Rode Together, that was because the film has serious problems, but most notably, it just feels like a movie Ford himself was bored with. There's still a lot one can say about it, but it just feels like a real mess.…