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…
Charles Stoker: I'm glad I brought your father's belt, mine would be way too short.
Mia Wasikowska is so fucking sexy in this for some odd reason. I never realised how hot she is in the strangest way until I watched this film. Such a unique looking woman.
I used to really enjoy Stoker, I've seen it a fare few times now and after the last two rewatches I find myself quite bored throughout the short runtime.
The film-making is impeccable, camera work, sound design and lighting is just stunning. But it's not enough for me as I find I don't care about the story or the symbolism as of late.
Props to Matthew Goode. He's very good at being a suave creepy dude. I always feel uneasy watching him in this.
Also Stroker is the lamest fucking insult.
On to the next art house film! I will enjoy one by days end!
This was very good. It seemed to be a little stylish for stylish sake but at the same time there were some very good stylish shots. I love bleeding out on the flowers. Very unique and great performances.
There were a lot of things about this film that I loved, like Chan Park-Wook's style but ultimately I found it pretty disturbing.
Great directing. Second half has more going on than the first. I'm looking forward to more work of Park Chan-Wook.
I charming tale about a guy who murders his brother for no reason then murders his other brother for no reason and then murders his housecleaner for no reason and then murders his aunt for no reason and then murders his nieces friend who tries to rape her who kept trying to rape her even after being stopped and tied up for no reason and then gets shot by his niece while trying to murder her mother who she hates for no reason and then she murders a cop for no reason but its a homage to hitchcock or something so its ok it's boring and pretentious
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…
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