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…
First time I watched this was before ever seeing Hitchcock's great Shadow of a Doubt. Now and after finally seeing the classic thriller, what were already noticeable Hitchcock influences, in virtue of association with films like Psycho and themes tackled by both directors, became even more evident in Stoker on a second viewing and thoroughly enriched the impact of the experience. But rather than just paying tribute to one of the most important and cunning film-makers in cinema history, Park Chan-wook further explores Hitchcockian themes in a more extensive manner, adding his own distinctive voice and creating a twisted offspring of incestuous coupling that inherits the best of both worlds.
Loss of innocence, sexual awakening, self-discovery, liberation, maturation, all are…
A lot of people are divided upon Park Chan-Wook's American debut film,which takes a turn into David Lynch territory as it depicts a strange young gal(Mia Wasikowska) and her mother(Nicole Kidman) who are paid a visit by her uncle,which suddenly brings a series of grisly murders into their small home town. The gal soon becomes fascinated by her uncle,bringing on even more chaotic events to happen. Artsy and fascinating,STOKER is one of the much more eccentric but intriguing films that makes for a worth viewing.
Darkly comic art house Horror/Thriller and Hitchcock homage, Stoker contains elements of Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, and the 1990 Philip Ridley film, The Reflecting Skin. The coming of age, discovering your true nature, and how that nature can't be escaped are the themes that are slowly and wonderfully unveiled all the way up until the final scene. Every shot of Oldboy director, Park Chan-wook's American debut is beautiful; so much so that the film teeters on the edge of pretentiousness, but the images, edits, dissolves, and compositions are so striking that I couldn't help but enjoy it. The actor, Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), wrote the screenplay, and Harmony Korine appears in a blink and you'll miss it cameo.
My third time watching the film and it has gotten better with each viewing. There is much to savor from the visuals and lighting, to the costumes, Nicole Kidman and especially Matthew Goode's outstanding performance.
An instant favourite. Visually exquisite.
What. Did. I. Just. Watch.
Matthew is pretty darn creepy.
The first thing to say about Stoker is this; it oozes style. It also has some pretty good substance, too. Stoker is, naturally, about the Stoker family. The Stoker family consists of India (Mia Wasikowska) the mentally disturbed teenage daughter, Richard the recently deceased father, Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) the distant mother and Charlie (Matthew Goode) the even more mentally disturbed yet confidence stricken heartthrob brother of Richard. The film explores the family’s history whilst also dealing with the aftermath of Richard’s death and the impact of that on the family.
The script, penned by Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller, is incredibly dense for the most part. It covers themes of mental illness, family secrets and death with a particular gothic style…
Park Chan-Wook cannot fail in his qenius, he has a visual style that is unlike anything else.
Park Chan Wook fanboyism. This is how you do psycho murderous women, Gone Girl.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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