not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
The Past Can Never Be Rewound
When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.
Clearly one of the most intricately, subtly and
effectively crafted soundscapes ever designed.
Fear X has the reputation of being a complete bomb, and considered Refn's worst effort. I guess there's some merit to that considering that less than 700 people of Letterboxd have watched it. Regardless, I don't think it's anywhere near as bad as it's regarded to be.
Fear X is not for mainstream audience, but none of Refn's work is. I've seen all of his films except Bleeder (cause I can't find it), and the last two installments of the Pusher trilogy. Overall, I think Fear X is the most accessible of the bunch. A slow mystery staring John Turturro that has shades of Lynchian and a touch of the Coen's work, although that might just be because of Turturro's…
Would make a great companion piece to Vallhalla Rising. Like Rising it's more of a mood film than narrative driven. This is his most Lynchian film by far.
Nicolas Winding Refn is my everything.
I love how Refn utilizes dead space to gradually build a sense of fear showing everything in its most abstract sense before telling us outright what it is, leading us to ultimate ruination as we no longer bother to track the film once it ultimately begins to cave in on itself.
All the elements are there for an interesting and intense film but it never really picks a tone or brings out all the compelling drama of the plot to make it so. It's left to vague feelings and hammer headed plot points.
I found it frustrating that it was set-up to be a obsessive character driven mystery but the ease in which the pieces fell into place became anti-climatic and dull with leftover pieces of interesting elements. There are bits of Refn throughout the film - but not enough to make the direction by itself worth it... John Turturro gave an interesting performance - but the script could've easily given him more to display. The more I try to write about this movie the less stars I want to give it.
A really good film that's bogged down by terrible pacing and a somewhat wasted plot.
It's only 84 minutes (without credits), but it feels much longer.
That's a problem.
However, the eerie atmosphere/score/images and unnerving performance by Turturro make this film nearly fantastic.
It's like an illusion; the closer you get, the farther back you really are.
Or vice versa.
Where does reality stop and fantasy begins ?
Subpar Lynch-esque mood keeps the film from being really great, but some nice ideas nonetheless.
Also the movie in which Refn's art house style subtly engages to blossom.
Like most of Refn's recent output but with less story and barely any visual flair. Ponderous and pretentious. At least his Danish films, even a weaker one like Bleeder, have actaul human beings in them.
Pretty mediocre movie. 😏
- This is potentially Refn's toughest film to get into, and that's saying something. It's probably the earliest glimpse of his now prominent style, so it's worth the investment, but it's a big departure from the Pusher trilogy. I actually really loved the ending, it's thought provoking, and isn't that was Refn is all about?
What the fuck kind of ending is that
Really great stuff going on in this film. I need to see it a few more times. I can definitely see how this fits into the progression of Refn. Very happy with this.
Not exactly NWRs magnum opus, but it's a fine thriller worth your time. Feels like a mix between Blow-Up and Red Road.
"Minor Winding Refn," as the kids like to say. This thing's more Only God Forgives than the Pusher trilogy. Has the pacing and narrative shortcomings of a lot of Refn's work. Unfortunately, Fear X doesn't have nearly enough of his visual panache (or enough attitude, frankly) to render those shortcoming irrelevant.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
One of my very favorite directors. Top 5 is God-level. Last two are merely good.