Just as one would expect of the work of Cary Joji Fukunaga, Jane Eyre is a beautifully lit and shot film. From the windy fields to the dark rooms, Jane Eyre is graceful and artful. The film would be nothing without Mia Wasikowska's introverted and introspective performance as the eponymous lead and Michael Fassbender's cruel and brooding Mr. Rochester as their very presence on screen has resonance. The chemistry between the two leads was unbelievable. Jane Eyre is a period-piece romance that I had very high expectations for, but with such elegant visuals, gothic storytelling, and two spectacular performances, Jane Eyre met and exceeded all expectations.
In typical film noir fashion, Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film, Drive, begins with the driver giving a monologue in a dark room. He is almost completely silhouetted and is looking out a window at the city of Los Angeles at night.
While Drive is clearly nostalgic of the 1980s, it also appears to draw influences from a much earlier source. Drive is a beautiful example of contemporary noir as it displays the visual motifs, tropes, and stylistic effects of classic…
It seems that any other director would not be able to handle Stoker 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…
If I never saw the other Total Recall, I might have really REALLY enjoyed this, but I did see the 1990 version so I knew this wouldn't be as good. I didn't want to compare it to it, but all the not-so-subtle references to the superior classic just kept on bringing me back to the Verhoeven's adaptation. In fact, I found that most of the time I was excited because I was waiting for the next reference to the other…