my favorites that i love primarily because of visuals (colors, symmetry, overall cinematography) regardless of plot, characters and anything else…
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…
Tonight, India joins the hunt.
Gothic, surreal, unsettling, and of course, tremendously gorgeous. Not surprising since I expect nothing less from the master Park Chan Wook. A frame is always connected to the next, transition between scenes are so smooth they're almost invisible. Every shot seems to have a life of its own. Instead of being a medium to carry the plot, they gracefully became the story itself. Mia Wasikowska gave her best and so does everyone else. Without a single doubt, I say Stoker is as good as an English debut gets.
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…
A daring, modern re-telling of Shadow of Doubt. I couldn't take my eyes of this film even when nothing was happening, the attention to detail is astounding and the intense sound work really perfected the pacing. Really loved this film.
Disturbing and beautiful . screenplay may not that good but Park Chan-wook's Incredible direction and cast's exceptional performances worth while .
Review #16 of My Horrible Collection: Shocktober list.
I love Chan-Wook Park. He is one of my favorite directors of all time. Stoker is his first English-language film and I was a bit cautious. What if his style doesn't translate. Also I've only ever seen the poster so I thought this would be a period piece, which didn't exactly excite me.
But damn do I love this movie. The acting is great, especially Mia Wasikowska. I only knew her from Alice in Wonderland and she is much better in this.
And even though he came to America, this movie felt exactly like a Chan-Wook Park movie, even a little bit more than Thirst did. I was reminded of Olboy, which…
india: *stabs boy with pencil*
me: yeS!!! icon!!!!!!!! stab me queen!!!!!!!!!!!
6/31: Halloween Challenge
the piano duet scene has honestly been the best 3 minutes of my life
im lowkey disturbed with uncle charlie but im too absorbed with the aesthetic and soundtrack of the movie that i didn't even care. this is the first movie I've watched with nicole kidman and honestly she did it so well and i admire every one bit of her. mia wasikowska's costume and looks is one of my favorite parts of the movie and she never fails to disappoint me as an astounding actress. this is probably one of the top few Park chan wook's movies that i really love and I would definitely give this a watch again.
Genau mein Ding: Audiovisuell stark, weird auf die gute Art und Weise und eine Klavierszene voller hays codifizierter Erotik.
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Zwischen Lieblingsfilmen und Sachen, die mich begeistern fand ich eine unzuverlässige Erzählerin, deren Mutter gut gecastet ist. In schönen Bilder zeigt dieser Film weirden Scheiß wie ein erotisches Klavierspiel und Coming of Age mal anders. Zwischen dem Hays Code und dem zeitgenössischen Tanzfilm, der der bessere Actionfilm ist, finde ich Style over Substance.
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When I first saw Park Chan-Wook's Oldboy I had quite a bit of trouble with the portrayal of this hyper-reality and the pretty obvious style over substance situation going on. Nonetheless, the style did help the rather minimal storyline and eventually made it into a rather entertaining film. With Stoker we luckily get much of the same.
Once again the plot is very simple. Young India (Mia Wasikowska) loses her father, doesn't mix well with her mother (Nicole Kidman) and after her father's death, his long lost brother (Matthew Goode) moves in. Tension builds and India goes through one hell of a change.
The real power here doesn't come from the story, it basically is a coming-of-age (lucky me) but…
I must have been blind the first time I watched this because it is SPECTACULAR. You were right, you were so right, and I've never been so fucking pleased to be wrong.
rewatching this for the first time since 2013/14 so like.... I have many thoughts. the short version is that the piano duet changed my damn life and this is my favourite nicole role and possibly also one of my favourite films.
the long version is that I'm hugely interested in the role played by food — india has a voracious appetite; charlie and evie barely eat; so much of the initial dynamic plays out as subtext at dinners. the obvious metaphor is india as consumer, devourer, predator; I wonder if it also works to signal her growth — and the adults' stagnation? decline? I guess because it's PCW I also have to read it as a metaphor for sexual appetite…
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"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.