The Shallows has such rich and foreboding images of the ocean that it is a shame that the film is, essentially, book ended by an uninspired surfing music video and an unnecessarily expository ending because the whole meat of the film is so gritty, real, and painful. The uncompromising sound effects work, coupled with the beautifully grim cinematography, turns what could have been a simple genre film into something brutal.
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Describing the plot of Five Easy Pieces to my roommate made it sound cynical and vaguely misanthropic. I mean, Jack Nicholson tries both the blue-collar hardworking lifestyle and the high class intellectual lifestyle and decides they're both fucking bullshit. It does almost come off as a big "fuck you" to everyone but this one loner archetype, but the definition of a loner requires one to be alone. Its easy to see the desperation and empathize with Jack Nicholson's Bobby trying…
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…