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  • Hidden

    Hidden 2005

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Dec, 2012 2

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This was my first foray into watching Haneke's films -- frankly, he's a director who's always scared me a bit. I just saw it late last night and haven't quite collected my thoughts yet. My reactions, off the top of my head:
    -- The film-making style, without background music and with long, still shots, struck me as unusual and interesting. At times it made me feel a bit edgy and restless. I suspect that was the point.
    -- I love…

  • The Birds

    The Birds 1963

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2012

    This was my first time watching this classic horror film. Perhaps because we're more jaded in this generation, for the most part, we found the bird attacks more humorous than frightening.

    What really worked for me was the heightening sense of unease, blossoming into growing fear. The interplay of light and darkness, looming shadows, and panoramic shots of a beautiful, eerily silent landscape at dusk. The smooth, soundless way birds gathered, waiting. The growing unease and fear of townspeople, who…