Really surprising that Nora Ephron went from the very real, very cynical, and very influential When Harry Met Sally to the idealistic and romanticized world of Sleepless in Seattle. Sleepless in Seattle explicitly states what kind of movie it wants to be by it's continued references to An Affair to Remember, but, unfortunately, the film's very strangely dated gender generalizations hold it back. Especially so since When Harry Met Sally got that right so effortlessly.
All that being said, Sleepless,…
Often when a movie is called human, one forgets that being human and alive isn't just sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. A human film shows the irritable, selfish, and desperate parts of being alive. It knows that there's a trash can in a Rolling Stones song, but it also knows you love it despite its obscenity.
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…