Annihilation, Under the Skin, Arrival. The newest alien sci-fi trifecta.
Imagine all your characters behaved like robots. Who's to say what's normal behaviour for them? Now imagine one of the characters is vengeful, superpowerful, and cursed the others. Well, sort of.
The most interesting thing about a Lanthimos script is, as usual, the lack of, you know, logical explanations. The audience can't relate to the characters because they aren't life-like. The surrealism takes you in and there's nothing left but to enjoy the ride.
When you work with film and aren't a filmmaker, you still think a lot about the way to shoot things. How you would shoot someone waking up from a nice dream. A couple in love fondling each other. An argument in which someone gets hurts emotionally. Someone getting a cup of coffee somewhere.
Most times when you see a movie you don't think much about, you know, how they filmed it and how you'd have done. Until you watch something…
Imagine Kubrick directing something like "Eraserhead meets Stalker" and you get Shion Sono's The Whispering Star.
Machines have taken over the galaxy. Humans are now scarce and wander throughout space, usually taking refuge on abandoned planets. The film follows a cyborg who delivers packages to them.
It's a minimalist film. The black and white and absence of outer sounds emphasize that. During 90% of the movie, the only sound you can hear (other than the cyborg's and its spaceship AI's…