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  • The Cell 2000

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2015 1

    Aside from experimental and surrealist films, The Cell is one of the most effective films I have seen to depict dreams and nightmares. While Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn star, the real highlights of the film are Vincent D'onofrio and, like Tarsem Singh's The Fall, the incredible visuals. From the sets to the costumes, The Cell is near perfect and with D'onofrio as the canvas to which Singh paints there couldn't really be anything wrong. The production is totally both…

  • Beauty and the Beast 2014

    ★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2015

    Fails to capture the magic of the story and adds a needless and ineffective sense of peril where it should be simply a love for the fantastic. Instead of using special effects to help create the enchanting atmosphere, it does the opposite. It uses the supernatural elements of the story as an excuse for an oversaturation of CGI characters and backdrops that don't really add anything tonally. At least this iteration of Beauty and the Beast is still creative and…

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  • Stoker 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Dec, 2013

    It seems that any other director would not be able to handle Stoker's subject matter without making it feel gratuitous. Chan-wook Park somehow manages to handle Stoker's deeply disturbing material, but makes it so beautiful. I had not expected to be as put-off by some of the material in this film, but because it is all handled with such grace I found it a lot easier to get over.

    There is a predator/prey motif apparent in Stoker that is very…

  • Rashomon 1950

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2012

    My life will be defined by pre-Rashomon and post-Rashomon.