THE FAVOURITE, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos

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Hoping to get to it this weekend. Til then:

His films often fare better with professional critics, who regularly apply words like “ingenious” and “masterpiece” to his work and praise his deadpan wit. But Lanthimos detests the word “deadpan,” which appears in almost every review of his work. “What does it even mean?” he asked me. “Anytime people see an emotion that is not extremely emotional, they call it ‘deadpan.’ ” He sounded a bit affronted as he said this. “Most acting is very melodramatic,” he added. “It’s not what you see in people.”...

He likes to shoot with natural light, inviting the contingency of unplanned weather to enter his scenes, and he rarely makes use of the expensive cinematic lighting that productions order by default. “I do walk outside and see the lighting people, the equipment just sitting around,” he says. “It’s such a waste of their time, of the film’s money.” He steers clear of movie makeup, preferring to let the “real face” of his actors show through, unadulterated, the hair unfussy and requiring little touch-up work. One consequence of these decisions is that his sets are unusually quiet and intimate, and without setting up lights or pausing to reapply makeup, he explains, they are able to get much more of the actual work done. “We can do the scene over and over again, immediately, nobody has to stand around waiting. And the actors love it.”

The atmosphere he creates has more in common with an experimental theater troupe than a typical multimillion-dollar movie set. Lanthimos works to bring an actor’s instincts to the surface — and he shrugs off questions about a character’s psychological motivation, back story and context as effortlessly as he does questions about himself. “If you want to [expletive] annoy him, ask him character back-story questions,” Colin Farrell told me, laughing, of his first experience working with Lanthimos on the set of “The Lobster,” where Lanthimos refused to tell him what happened in the scene before the one they were filming. “He doesn’t really feel the need, you know. For him a story is born and dies between the first and last page.” Lanthimos is “trying to give space to mystery,” Ariane Labed, his wife, told me. “Yorgos does not explain things, even to the actors really, and they’re not used to that. But then they go through this experience, and they discover that having gaps in their characters’ journeys, they actually have more room for their own imaginations, [their] own mistakes, [their] own doubts, and I think that’s why actors are amazing in Yorgos’s films. They’re on the line.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/21/magazine/yorgos-lanthimoss-director-favourite.html

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:56 (one month ago) Permalink

It's fun, closer to Derek Jarman than any stiff costume pick and more fun than Jarman.

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:01 (one month ago) Permalink

what is this one about?

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm not plowing through all that stupid NYT puffery

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:01 (one month ago) Permalink

it's about 120 minutes

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:02 (one month ago) Permalink

also Queen Anne and the machinations of her female lover and a court newcomer

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:03 (one month ago) Permalink

"Lesbian love triangle costume piece" was something I read, somewhere, recently. Trailer confirmed, sort of. Really looking forward to it.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:04 (one month ago) Permalink

it's about 120 minutes

I can hear your eyebrows waggling

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:05 (one month ago) Permalink

It's never dull and recognizably Lanthimos. The Queen Anne era is obscure t m, which helped.

Absolutely vile era for men's periwigs and makeup. Nicholas Hoult remains a dish, though.

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:07 (one month ago) Permalink

*to me

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:07 (one month ago) Permalink

that's strange i glued them down before i left the house

xxp

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:08 (one month ago) Permalink

You'll learn lessons watching this thing.

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:10 (one month ago) Permalink

lesbian ones?

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 22:13 (one month ago) Permalink

xp boys: Having read most of http://www.frockflicks.com/, I can only gather the ladies love full bottomed wigs and rouge on boys. While I've yet to see it theatrically, reviews indicate that every male herein is a buffoon (in accord with experience) and that the ladies are quick witted and foul mouthed, which is fairly in accord with my contemporary experience. Also from the aforementioned site the costumes by multiple Oscar winner Sandy Powell all appear to be accurate for their era.

Sanpaku, Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:35 (one month ago) Permalink

I liked this a lot, my favorite Lanthimos other than The Lobster. It ended pretty abruptly, but that final shot was something else. That bunny at the end was funny, him prodding / teasing the audience a year after Sacred Deer.

I hope he keeps this streak up, I love that he's done three films in three years. Someone has to take up Woody Allen's mantle lol

flappy bird, Sunday, 9 December 2018 01:13 (one month ago) Permalink

So stoked to see this

flopson, Sunday, 9 December 2018 01:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Very comfortably the worst of Lanthimos' last five films, but it's in English, has a couple movie stars, a promo budget, and was shot in castles, so it gets the audience. I hate American culture.

MVP: Nicholas Hoult, who has several comic line readings worthy of the late great Peter Cook.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 December 2018 06:36 (four weeks ago) Permalink

also Yorg, lose the fucking fish-eye lens.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 December 2018 06:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I don't know that Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are bigger stars than Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman? It's 100% the setting (and of course being in the right language)

Andrew Farrell, Saturday, 22 December 2018 10:59 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i think emma stone pulls a lot more weight in 2018 than those other names

devvvine, Saturday, 22 December 2018 11:58 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Very comfortably the worst of Lanthimos' last five films, but it's in English, has a couple movie stars, a promo budget, and was shot in castles, so it gets the audience.

All true. So you liked it?

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 December 2018 12:37 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Some good calls here. I did like it, but The Death of Stalin was a better black comedy about court intrigue.

I Feel Bad About My Butt (j.lu), Saturday, 22 December 2018 13:30 (four weeks ago) Permalink

ok, movie stars doing *some* more suitably movie starrish things, rather than having their hands plunged into toasters.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:01 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I liked it better than Deer but not by much. And yeah agreed w Morbs re the fisheye

resident hack (Simon H.), Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:11 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Fisheye was effective.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:13 (four weeks ago) Permalink

It's my least favorite Lanthimos and won't come close to a list of 2018's best but it works as sapphic Merchant Ivory.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:15 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Effective at what??? He used it seemingly randomly.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:31 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Lanthimos prefers animals to people (and why not?), and the fisheye stuff accepts this phantasmagoric world as seen from the sensibility of a rabbit or lobster.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

There's a case to be made there. I mostly took it as "this ain't your momma's period piece!" signposting

resident hack (Simon H.), Saturday, 22 December 2018 14:49 (four weeks ago) Permalink

i liked this movie a lot. haven't seen any of his others but i dug how cold and emotionally distant it was. watching people carry out intrigues, not identifying with them but being fascinated by them. and it looked great.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Saturday, 22 December 2018 17:48 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I was more annoyed by his gliding drone cam, this had some of that but like half of Sacred Deer used it

flappy bird, Saturday, 22 December 2018 17:55 (four weeks ago) Permalink

re: fisheye

Lanthimos talks about it here around the 12 minute mark:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9CT-dLPTkY

He says it reminded him of the convex mirrors in Dutch paintings from the 17th century.

Anyway, I liked the fisheye lens and I loved this movie.

Darin, Saturday, 29 December 2018 18:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

says it reminded him of the convex mirrors in Dutch paintings from the 17th century.

Yep -- I mentioned Parmigianino in my own review.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 29 December 2018 18:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

A very important film about ladies falling over in very big dresses. After seeing it I watched the lobster and the other one but apart from the scene where the maid is voguing they are a waste of time. People who claim to be more interested in animals than people are so boring and should also make films about or for animals instead.

plax (ico), Sunday, 30 December 2018 00:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lmao "the other one"

flappy bird, Sunday, 30 December 2018 00:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I liked The Lobster three years ago and The Favourite three weeks ago so watched the other one last night and yeah, nah.

sans lep (sic), Sunday, 30 December 2018 02:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Killing... works better as a satire for viewers who come from seriously dysfunctional families. I cackled through the ending.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 30 December 2018 02:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Looking forward to seeing this (The Favourite) again early in the new year.

I thought this was funny:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbC0xszlyHo

flappy bird, Sunday, 30 December 2018 04:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

People who claim to be more interested in animals than people are so boring and should also make films about or for animals instead.

― plax (ico), Saturday, December 29, 2018 7:32 p.m.

ftr we're animals

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 30 December 2018 12:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

for restrained Lanthimos, see his last Greek film Alps

Dogtooth still reigns

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 30 December 2018 14:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

is Alps streaming or available digitally? there was never a Region 1 home video release.

flappy bird, Sunday, 30 December 2018 20:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Amazon Prime

Juul Haalmeyer Dancers washout (WmC), Sunday, 30 December 2018 23:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ayyyy

flappy bird, Sunday, 30 December 2018 23:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sacred Deer one is still the only film of his that’s worked for me. The Favourite just felt too empty and vapid and I know that’s one of his things, but why?

tangenttangent, Monday, 31 December 2018 00:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Dogtooth still reigns

otm

Juul Haalmeyer Dancers washout (WmC), Monday, 31 December 2018 00:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yep

resident hack (Simon H.), Monday, 31 December 2018 00:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i loved this. it's the only film of his i've loved although i liked both dogtooth and deer. i just loved eveything about it. it is gorgeous to look at.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Monday, 7 January 2019 22:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Lanthimos prefers animals to people (and why not?)

disagree w this premise

flopson, Monday, 7 January 2019 22:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

thought this was great. a little bit slight, and i thought Rachel Weisz would come back one more time (also nearly everything was in the trailer smh). but i really liked it. the score was excellent

flopson, Monday, 7 January 2019 22:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

as with The Lobaster, I spent the first half absolutely mesmerised and the second half wondering exactly when it was going to end. He seems to introduce all the excitement and fun right near the beginning and then the wheels start spinning and it becomes samey. But yes, I really did enjoy this. The three leads were amazing, the set was incredible, the script perfect. Just could have done with a small trim

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 7 January 2019 22:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i like that every film I've seen by him (as far as I can remember) has a ridiculous dance sequence and a scene where someone deliberately smashes themself in the face

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 7 January 2019 22:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

we've all been there

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 January 2019 23:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yes I loved this, mainly for the acting by the three leads - but also for the dialogue, and the costumes (great work by Sandy Powell). I saw two Rachel Weisz films at the weekend (the other was Disobedience), and I’m really impressed by her versatility. I think this will be a cult film in years to come.

Luna Schlosser, Monday, 7 January 2019 23:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm not much of fan of anything the director has done since Dogtooth but thought this was very decent. Weisz puts in a right shift, and even that perennial useless fucker Hoult is pretty good. I've not enjoyed the design and costumes of a mainstream brit royal period movie this much since Kapur's Elizabeth.

calzino, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 00:56 (one week ago) Permalink

how is he useless? He bats his eyelashes and purses his lips when he knows I'm watching.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 00:59 (one week ago) Permalink

lol!

calzino, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 01:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Yes, I loved this too - and what a delight to hear a Luc Ferarri piece on the soundtrack.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 08:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Hoult is pretty good at playing a ridiculous popinjay tbh.

Loved this, three central performances all excellent, there was something to enjoy in nearly every line, which is rare these days. It's the only one of his I've enjoyed all the way through - although the first half of The Lobster is phenomenal. Not seen Dogtooth.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 11:11 (one week ago) Permalink

Dogtooth is very very good and I think my fave so far (although it was the first I saw)

frame casual (dog latin), Tuesday, 8 January 2019 11:14 (one week ago) Permalink

flappy bird, Alps is streaming on Kanopy (as is Dogtooth) if you have access

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 16:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Just saw this, enjoyed it, but nobody seems to be a very sympathetic character maybe that's good.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:03 (one week ago) Permalink

I haven't seen this yet but I am very happy that it is boosting Olivia Colman's US profile because she is awesome and should be cast in everything.

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 17:54 (one week ago) Permalink

Loved her since this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0fJNDOHYp4

forrest drumpf (Eric H.), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:05 (one week ago) Permalink

I enjoyed this but it wasnt amazing or anything. Not as good as Dogtooth or The Lobster but much better than Sacred Deer (which I hated)

The dialogue could have been a bit sharper though. It leaned a bit too heavily on actors in aristocratic clothing saying "cunt" for comic effect

. (Michael B), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:09 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't remember Colman in The Lobster... or Hot Fuzz. That's the only other stuff i've seen her in.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:12 (one week ago) Permalink

(no, I don't watch contemporary Brit TV comedy, how much time do you think I have?)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Queen Anne was a sympathetic character.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:54 (one week ago) Permalink

xp- watch Peep Show, dumbass

flopson, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:56 (one week ago) Permalink

look around you >>>>>>>

imago, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Look Around You was brilliant. Colman is a national treasure.

It leaned a bit too heavily on actors in aristocratic clothing saying "cunt" for comic effect

yeah I thought the lines were well written and delivered perfectly but the novelty of 'cunt' wore off v quickly*

*that's a clause I never thought I'd write

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 18:57 (one week ago) Permalink

she's in a lot of contemporary Brit TV drama too

sans lep (sic), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 19:45 (one week ago) Permalink

one key scene, for me, was the incredibly amusing dance routine (i liked the various anachronistic touches) and then the shift to Queen Anne's face while that was happening. at first i was like "i want to see more of those moves! show me them!" but gradually you realise that you're watching something far more interesting - the change in Coleman's expression - that's the point at which your sympathy for her character is created. that's an acting masterclass right there.

i love this film more than any new film i've seen for a long time.

the thing i loved most were the candle-lit scenes. those were truly stunning.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 23:30 (one week ago) Permalink

xp- watch Peep Show, dumbass

I've heard of it. On what, fuckface?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:23 (one week ago) Permalink

you watch a lot of DVDs from the library and also have a computer

sans lep (sic), Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:39 (one week ago) Permalink

You have a library card, fuckface.

forrest drumpf (Eric H.), Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:49 (one week ago) Permalink

are y'all quoting All About Eve outtakes?

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:59 (one week ago) Permalink

I've heard of it. On what, fuckface?

― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, January 9, 2019 8:23 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

dailymotion.com, dickwad

(btw, site is good for most old sitcoms)

flopson, Thursday, 10 January 2019 03:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Yet to see it, but reading descriptions I want a parody with Coleman & Stone uttering "Now we know. Now we know." in unison...

Sanpaku, Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:12 (one week ago) Permalink

my libraries do not have Peep Show DVDs, dickoids.

i gen avoid starting on TV shows. I couldn't even get through Twin Peaks s3, and I liked it.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:17 (one week ago) Permalink

i did watch a Charley Chase short on YT last night

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:18 (one week ago) Permalink

I couldn't even get through Twin Peaks s3

ugh morbs!!!!

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:21 (one week ago) Permalink

There are many things to watch.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:23 (one week ago) Permalink

https://g.co/kgs/Do9dWW

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:24 (one week ago) Permalink

i'll prioritize Twin Peaks and Peep Show the second i find out i'm dying, how's that?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:30 (one week ago) Permalink

fair

flappy bird, Thursday, 10 January 2019 16:57 (one week ago) Permalink

There are many things to watch.

― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, January 10, 2019 8:23 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the truest expression of our times

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Peep show is at the top of any list of things to eat g. Wish i could watch it for the first time again..

flopson, Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:57 (one week ago) Permalink

All very well but this is the thread for The Favourite, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Thursday, 10 January 2019 18:10 (one week ago) Permalink

rumor has it they share a performer

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 January 2019 18:13 (one week ago) Permalink

jed, have you watched Peep Show?

flopson, Thursday, 10 January 2019 18:44 (one week ago) Permalink

my libraries do not have Peep Show DVDs, dickoids

ILL, and you're still on a computer

sans lep (sic), Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:04 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah, Amazon Prime has it

what makes the Required Viewing list is rather easy to predict around here

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:08 (one week ago) Permalink

I haven't! I don't think I like David Mitchell. He's annoying on panel shows.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:17 (one week ago) Permalink

you should watch it. shame about having that baggage going into it, but it’s the best sitcom of the 21st c imho

flopson, Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:37 (one week ago) Permalink

I can't fucking stand the sight of either of 'em on panel shows or in peep shows, nauseating tossers!

calzino, Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:48 (one week ago) Permalink

This ruled

Conceptualize Wyverns (latebloomer), Thursday, 10 January 2019 20:16 (one week ago) Permalink


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