"I'm a real messy bitch. A liar. A scammer. I love robbery and fraud. I'm a messy bitch who lives…
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.
South Korean director Park Chan-wook made his name with the "Vengeance Trilogy", a set of three unrelated films, full of disturbing violence but with a thoughtful approach to the issues of revenge and redemption. For his English language debut he creates an intriguing and beautiful family drama, where the violence is psychological and the revenge theme a touch more subtle. The film also harks back to Alfred Hitchcock, with screenwriter Wentworth Miller providing plenty of allusions to the master and with the overall approach of "Stoker" having parallels with Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943). Miller tells the story of India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska), a lonely 18 year-old girl who has recently lost her father in a car accident. She…
Art over substance. that's the problem with this movie.
The movie is technically and artistically strong. However, the story is pretty weak and predictable. The director should have contributed in the screenplay instead of depending on a first time screenwriter/famous actor.
But, there is a solution to that.
Watch the "making of" BEFORE watching the movie.
This will give you an artistic glimpse of "what does that mean?" questions that will raise during the presentation, which will give you a little bit of comfort of what you are watching.
I forgot how visually stunning and interesting this movie is. Really well done film that's unsettling to watch in the build up and grows increasingly uncomfortable as the story progresses. Provocative and macabre.
Watched as part of my May Scavenger Hunt challenge. Number 19 - Any film made by a director who has their latest in in competition at Cannes this year.
So, I was destined to love this. Park Chan-wook is one of my absolute favourites of all time.
Framing - YAAS
Editing - YAAAS
Pacing - YAAAAS!
There is a truly unique feel to this movie, where I felt as though the medium was being used fully to convey something pretty unusual.. There was something really fresh and engaging about this experience.
ALSO, MMMM SOMEONE THOUGHT ABOUT HOW TEXT WAS INTEGRATED INTO THE VISUAL QUALITY OF THE COMPOSITION. Bravo.
I felt like almost everywhere I looked, from opening through to the credits had a thought somewhere, which is really a joy for me.
This film tore my life apart.
so who wants to buy me india's Entire wardrobe.....
..also She Did That™ !
Stoker has been on my watchlist for so long I don't even remember what made me interested in it in the first place. I'd say it's because of Park Chan-wook but I'm not so sure if that was the original reason for that. However, now that I haven't really written about movies for a while I thought I'd watch something and decided to go with Stoker.
The story is astonishing, and so is the structure. The whole film is somewhat creepy from the beginning, but it's not so straight-forward with it. The film begins as "muted creepy". While the audience sees that something is clearly up with Charlie, the audience doesn't necessarily know what it is. He seems normal, but…
Really nice mood; the atmosphere is quite unsettling. The plot got a little meh towards the end for me though.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…