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  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    To mark my 2,000th film watched, I thought that it would be a great idea to watch the film at the top of my watchlist. Park Chan-wook's Oldboy is widely acclaimed for it's fascinating storytelling. Following a man who is imprisoned for over fifteen years, in which he is given freedom under the orders to find out "why". The overall aesthetic mixes the great Noir style of Japanese film, as well as the violent horror that is another acclaimed aspect…

  • Love at First Sight

    Love at First Sight

    ★★★★★

    Michael Davies' Love at First Sight makes the majority of "mainstream" romance films to look a mock. Following the fairly simple premise of two pensioners who find love in their remaining days. The cinematography is tight, with moments of fantastic edits which make it all the more appealing. It is clear that focus was made upon the mise-en-scene, especially when in reference to the props and colour scheme. Both aspects held clear emotive connotations; as well as a certain childlike…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Andrei Tarkovsky's timeless classic that is Stalker follows a small group of men who head into what is known as "the zone"; in hope that they will come face to face with what they truly seek out of life. Aesthetic is key to the films narrative, as the possible metaphor that is reality in Russia is seen through a green/grey camera, in which their is little hope. Yet this is juxtaposed with the incredulous beauty that the zone has to…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is often involved, when in conversation about the horror or thriller genre. Following a small family that have been gifted the privilege to take care of a hotel during winter, whilst also focusing on personal goals; they soon realise that their is more involved then previously thought of. Much like other pieces of cinema, The Shining is based upon the best selling book by Stephen King. From the very opening establishing shot, Kubrick instantly places us…