Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Does for belts, sand castles, staircases, pianos, pencils, pencil sharpeners, ice cream, freezers, phone booths, shoes, duck hunts, dinner, garden shears, shovels, metronomes, and showers what Psycho did for showers.
At 98 minutes, this is my dream length of movie. I have said it all my life.
After leaving this screening, and using the facilities, I could quite easily have jumped straight back in to watch the whole movie again. That doesn't happen to me often.
Stoker is phenomenal.
It's as dreamy as it is taught. As beautiful as it is horrific. It's The Tree of Life with A screenplay. An outstanding screenplay at that. It has been said that the director Park Chan-Wook has made a Hitchcock movie. You can't make a Hitchcock movie without a Hitchcock screenplay, and Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida have made one. It's my favourite scenplay in recent memory. It keeps enough under wraps…
I’ve noticed a recent personal trend of being out of step with public and critical opinion. It’s certainly not a case of becoming contrarian or even more difficult to please in my old age but I am finding it harder to enjoy some modern films in the way so many other people clearly are. Unfortunately, Chan-wook Park’s Stoker is another one to add to this growing list of recent disappointments.
Maybe my contrasting view this time around is a little less surprising as I have always had a volatile relationship with Park’s films of either utter devotion (Oldboy, Thirst etc.) or deep loathing (Lady Vengeance, I’m a Cyborg...). The key differentiating factor between these sets of films is a robust…
Tantalizing tension, as far as it's concerned for Park Chan-wook, is an ingredient that can do wonders. Stoker, as it just so happens, is seasoned to perfection with it. It's a taunt, whimsical and magically creepy film that would make Alfred Hitchcock (who does get his fair share of credit for much of it) stand up and applaud. Gothic, playful, chilling and darkly funny in each otherwise terrifying set, and perfectly applying its own strange scape to capturing a dark world view of eclipsing sanity and childhood all rolled into one; it's a breathtaking little film.
Stoker is the kind of a film a daring Tim Burton would make now in his carrier - mature may not be the word…
My mom described this as "deliciously twisted" right after it was over and I think that's the perfect description. Park Chan-wook is really great at making the disturbing highly accessible and almost… relatable? He draws characters so well that you feel like you understand them as people, without necessarily being able to predict their actions. It's hard to talk about anything but the premise because it's best to go in with as little knowledge as possible, but in short, India Stoker is an 18 year old high school student who has just lost her father in a car accident. Shortly after his death, his mysterious younger brother Charlie comes to live with India and her mother and lots of bad…
India. Come meet your Uncle Charlie.
A perversely evil coming of age story disguised as a seduction of innocence thriller. Park Chan-wook brings his Korean storytelling sensibilities to a Hitchcockian inspired script with the results being a Gothic visual poem (if that makes sense to anyone). For me it was the most satisfying film experience, stylistically and thematically, of 2013 so far.
The Korean storytelling sensibilities I mentioned come from the numerous moments in the film that are left unexplained because the film makers trust you as a viewer to be smart enough to figure it out yourself. I might be off base but I find this much more common in Koren films, whereas in North American films…
Fox producers brainstorming who to helm the screenplay: "How about that Park fella, he already did one movie with incest." Incest overtones aside, I don't the see the fit. Park's wheelhouse is commotion and ultra-violence and to Park's credit, he tries to stylize even where there's no stylizing to be had: within the film's claustrophobic plantation setting, Park goes for a goth effect through muted colors and time contorted pans, warping the images ever so slightly to suggest the coil within the Stoker propriety (French, piano, culinary school). The motifs, however, are out of Park's control, and I just don't find much in the blossoming of sexuality through violence, which is done here in bluntly simultaneous fashion (she masturbates while…
Elenco lindo, trilha sonora linda, montagem linda, roteiro lindo, direção de arte linda. Se tornou um dos meus filmes favoritos.
I never really cared much for Shadow of a Doubt, so this is a good example of when it's okay to cover the Beatles.
This is what you'd expect to see from a 2013 remake of the Hitchcock movie; namely, pretty much the same thing but with the sex, violence, and terror at a level to suit a more modern audience (playing strictly within those bounds—it's one of those odd examples of gender roles that, even if the trend relies on somewhat recent changes in what mainstream directors are willing to show, seems outdated already: when a girl masturbates, it's dangerous and sexy; but when a boy does it, it's about embarrassment and hoping that he left the door locked).…
The summary said there was an uncle with a dark secret. I saw the whole movie, but I don't know what the secret is? I don't get it.
Okay, I know only little about Park's style since this is my second full feature film by him, first being Oldboy but Thirst is following tomorrow and if I'm lucky then Lady Vengeance and I'm a Cyborg but That's Okay... And, then in a month Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. Well, that was kind of needless but now it is finally time to dug into Park Chan-wook's works which have been too unfamiliar to me.
Stoker introduces us a - well - different family. The father has just died and the relationship between daughter and mother isn't warm. Then arrives uncle Charlie (which is by the way reference to Hitchcock's Shadows of a Doubt - still an unseen gem for me…
είναι must see ...
Watched a 1080p BR version which looked just ok ... very interesting film though, very well-designed and well-mounted. Impeccable, really. It felt like to me that this was the first film by an asian director in hollywood where his asian style was successfully integrated into a western film - the freeze-frames, the the flashes, all those eastern editorial flureshes have been preserved here. Remember the first few John Woo American films, where all that transgressive eastern style was wiped away? Not the case here. Matthew Goode gives a surprisingly strong performance and he's helped by this glassy eyelight which enhances his persona.
Stoker es una de esas películas, que en apariencia lenta te va manteniendo en tensión constante durante todo el metraje. Muy bien dirigida, con una banda sonora genial y con buenas actuaciones. El guion si que es un poco previsible, pero realmente no entorpece a la experiencia ya que no es tan importante el porque sino el como reaccionaran.
Muy, muy bien!
This might be a little out of the norm for what the usual consensus is for this film but Stoker really didn't do much for me. While I will admit that it was visually pretty stunning, that's about all that I took out of this one. There was a definite style of the whole film, very gothic and dark in a strange way that made it feel almost as if it wasn't taking place in present day. I don't really know when it seemed like it was taking place, or where for that matter. The story was pretty shallow, as if this was coming from a short story that built towards a brief climactic realization and a quick ending. I…
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