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Movie: The Lobster

Where to watch it: Netflix

Spoilers: Yes

In this strange world loners are not permitted. Those who are unable to find partners are turned into the animal of their choice. When David’s wife leaves him, he checks into a singles hotel with his brother (a dog) and given 45 days to select a new partner before being transformed into a lobster. David decides that pretending to have no feelings is easier than faking love. He establishes a relationship with a psychotic woman with no emotions. She discovers his lie after kicking his brother (the dog) to death. She threatens to expose his deceit to the hotel manager. David is afraid for his life and enraged that she murdered his brother. With the assistance of a hotel maid, he transforms his former girlfriend into an unknown animal and runs away from the hotel. He finds safe haven with a group of loners that take him in. However, they live by an equally strict code of conduct. Conversation is allowed but any form of romantic relationship has severe consequences. This is initially no problem for David until he falls for a nearsighted woman – a trait they share. When the leader of the loners discovers that they are planning on leaving the group, she takes the nearsighted woman to the city for a surprise surgery to correct her vision. Instead the surgery is used to intentionally blind her. With their shared commonality gone, David and his love think their relationship is over. They try to find other similarities but fail. Finally, they decide that their love is strong enough to overcome her blindness. They knock out their leader and tie her up. Together, David and his love runaway for the city. They make it to a dinner and begin to make a plan for their future. But first there is one problem…. David’s sight. He takes a knife to the restroom. After all, they need to have some shared trait and blindness it will be.

Rating: C-

Is it worth watching: No. I wanted to try out a different, offbeat movie. I thought it had an interesting plot with an excellent cast. It stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weiz, Jessic Barden, Olivia Colman, and John C. Riley. I understand that the policies and ideas of the society portrayed are suppose to be exaggerated relationship tropes such as if you are struggling to make it work, just have a kid. The two sides of this society are sharp and abrasive with extreme, abusive laws. There is no middle ground. No chance to find your way or to be an individual. It is definitely dystopian. However this movie is super slow and way toooooo long and after two tedious hours, it abruptly ends


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Once upon a time, Sharon was invited to attend a comic convention. She had always wanted to go to a comic-con but thought it was out of her reach. While at this convention, she met Richard who asked her if she could write. She scoffed. Of course she was capable of writing. But then he clarified and asked if she would be willing to a be a writer for TBK Magazine. She agreed. Little did she know that she was signing on to become a podcaster, assistant editor of the magazine, Vice President of a publishing company, best mensch, and a sister. Her whole world would expand for the better after that trip in 2016. She would be forever grateful. The magazine would be her safe haven and the staff would become a part of her family. And still to this day, Richard has not fulfilled his promise of singing the cow song to Sharon.   Sharon was born in mid 1980’s and raised in Northeastern Arkansas. She has been married to her childhood sweetheart, Jesse, since 2004. They have two amazing sons. Outside of her official TBK responsibilities, she works as a nurse.   She loves theater, costumes, cosplay, and Halloween. She is addicted to Chapstick and will ALWAYS have at least one with her at all times. She despises spiral staircase, escalators, and people that do not understand how four way stops work.
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