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  • The Guest

    The Guest 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Dec, 2014

    There's no beating around the bush: this is stylish pulp cinema and not too much more. But, somehow, it's just so satisfying. The obvious highlights are its well-curated soundtrack (darkwave and electro are my weakness, so I may be holding bias towards this film in its favour), competent cinematography, and tone (I personally felt a vague reminiscence of Season of the Witch's mood, although it could simply be the Halloween setup).

    Overall: not exactly artisanal, but not dull. It's a fun ride.

  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2013

    While I will politely disagree, I can completely understand why many may put this film off as frustrating or simply hold it with extreme bias. This is easily Refn's boldest and most unusual entry; with heavy symbolism and subtext, minimal dialogue, and a morally off-kilter cast, Only God Forgives appears as a sort of neon-soaked, metropolitan nightmare that does not dare explain itself. I was among those who were genuinely mesmerised by its eerie qualities; and if that's wrong, then I truly don't want to be right.

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  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill 2006

    ★★ Added

    A blind man's rendition of the source material.

  • House on Haunted Hill

    House on Haunted Hill 1959

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Aug, 2012 2

    With a plot that is emulated and even parodied time and time again, House most certainly solidifies the traditional horror form, filled with atmosphere, tension, and intrigue; and of course, no matter what, Price always manages to wrap around an eerily quirky character with ease. With only a 75-minute running time, this is a rather short and sweet entry.