My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016)

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
Director: Dash Shaw
Writer: Dash Shaw
Cast: Jason SchwartzmanLena DunhamReggie WattsMaya RudolphSusan SarandonThomas Jay RyanAlex KarpovskyLouisa KrauseJohn Cameron MitchellMatthew MaherEmily DavisKeith Poulson
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2017

Dash (Jason Schwartzman) is annoyed that his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) has started to date Verti (Maya Rudolph). This would be the biggest catastrophe of his life if it wasn’t for the earthquake that made the cliff his high school is built on crumble and float out into the sea where it’s slowly sinking. Now Dash, Assaf and Verti are joined by popular girl Mary (Lena Dunham) and Lunch Lady Lorraine (Susan Sarandon) as they try to reach the roof.

I liked the animation style of My Entire High School Is Sinking Into the Sea, but storywise I think it would have been better as a short film.

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Sky (2015)

Director: Fabienne Berthaud
Writer: Fabienne Berthaud, Pascal Arnold
Cast: Diane KrugerNorman ReedusGilles LelloucheLena DunhamQ’orianka KilcherLou Diamond PhillipsJoshua JacksonLaurene Landon
Seen on: 19.6.2016

Romy (Diane Kruger) is on holidays with her husband Richard (Gilles Lellouche). But as they travel through the USA together, all of their old conflicts keep on bubbling up and finally Romy has had it. When one of their fights turns physical, she is sure that she has killed Richard – and flees. She ends up in Las Vegas without any money, but helped by Charlene (Laurene Landon). And then she meets Diego (Norman Reedus) and falls for him hard and fast, despite not knowing anything about him.

Sky tells a story of incredibly dubious choices. And while those stories can be very interesting, it appears that they didn’t realize in the film just how dubious everything is and instead want us to applaud the various turns of events that made me shudder more than anything else. Oh, and it’s racist.



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