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  • Fifty Shades of Grey 2015

    ★★ Watched 12 Feb, 2015

    Jamie Dornan excels at playing the eponymous Mr. Grey in that he captures the darkness lurking below the surface. The way Dornan stalks the set, like a panther watching its prey, is completely riveting. Even when forced to do and say ridiculous things ("laters baby" and crawling on the bed eating toast), he retains his composure and intensity in such a way that you can see that he is almost totally committed to portraying this deeply complicated individual. Emphasis on…

  • Scorpio Rising 1964

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Feb, 2015

    Scorpio Rising is an intoxicating barrage of images of sex and death. James Dean's image, a sex icon and a tragic symbol of death, is repeated as well as other idols (Jesus/love and Hitler/death). The other, and much more focused on, image of sexuality and mortality is the gay bikers. Men of such overt sexuality committed to two lifestyles that put one closer to death. It isn't easy to live as a homosexual man in 1964 and the number of…

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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.