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  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2016

    2016 needed this toothy Gothic sexual thriller. Webs of deceit and desire placed on equally complex individuals. The Handmaiden destroys pornography and gives agency to the women in pornographic and societal roles. At times, The Handmaiden almost feels excessive or too indulgent, but never exploitative. Sumptuous cinematography and humorous/ingenious editing are to be expected from Park Chan-Wook at this point and The Handmaiden does not disappoint.

    You have to see The Handmaiden.

  • The Edge of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Nov, 2016

    It's hard to feel like anyone understands you if you don't take a minute to understand others.

    Really captures the personality of the living paradox of teenage years: self-loathing and desire to fit in while, at the same time, looking down at peers for being so "normal'. The Edge of Seventeen does this while subverting the cliches of coming of age films and hitting that self-deprecating/sardonic humor that's been missing from teen films.

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  • Stoker

    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

    Rashomon 1950

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2012

    My life will be defined by pre-Rashomon and post-Rashomon.