An utterly beautiful riff on Casablanca, albeit more contemplative and art-house. The pain of these two lovers is palpable and their ultimate fate is undecided, but as representations of their respective losses, Hiroshima mon amour seems to be one of the bleakest romances ever.
Odd Man Out is a profoundly sad noir about a man wandering at the brink of death. Johnny's (James Mason) presence reveals the decay of life around him as he staggers through the streets of Ireland. Non-partisanship's importance in society is shown through bystanders who understand the humanity of both criminal organization and the ruthless authorities. Still, the authorities are put in a much harsher light considering the emotionally brutal ending.
"You may die, but this picture will live on forever"
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…