martes, 29 de enero de 2013
...'Stoker' is a Gorgeous, Suspenseful Hitchcockian Thriller...
...Sexy and creepy, another instant classic from Chan-wook Park...
...It’s morbid & violent, a dark story told with masterful precision and a powerful, twisting climax..novarep
lunes, 28 de enero de 2013
..."As the Invasion arc in Young Justice continues, secrets are revealed, and yet more secrets are created. Can the show keep this up? There will be spoilers ~
In this episode, Artemis (Stephanie Lemelin), who is still under the alias of Tigress, intervenes before Psimon (Alan Tudyk) can infiltrate Aqualad’s (Khary Payton) mind; unfortunately, this ends up with Black Manta (also Khary Payton) ordering her to kidnap Miss Martian (Danica McKellar), so that the telepath can fix Aqualad’s fried brain. Deathstroke (Wentworth Miller) will be accompanying her. Meanwhile, Blue Beetle (Eric Lopez), who is desperate to gain control of the scarab, goes to the Green Beetle (Phil LaMarr) for help"…
sábado, 26 de enero de 2013
There should be a different word besides “directing” for what Park Chan-wook does with Stoker, like the more intense versions of the word “love” Alvy tries to come up with in Annie Hall. His work is tour-de-force material in this thriller about 18-year-old India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska), a strange girl whose world is turned upside-down by the death of her beloved father and the coinciding arrival of Charlie (Matthew Goode), an uncle she never knew existed. Yes, a mysterious, possibly dangerous “Uncle Charlie” evokes Shadow of a Doubt, but Wentworth Miller's script is much more straight-ahead gothic than that, spinning towards a series of wild revelations that feel absurdly over-the-top. But the ride towards that conclusion is simply stunning, with Park serving up brilliantly cross-cut scenes of impending doom, delicious individual shots and one jaw-dropping dissolve from the brushed hair of India's mother (Nicole Kidman) to a field of grass. Even that dramatic cliché of the post-trauma “cleansing shower” gets turned into something crazy. Maybe it doesn't make a lick of sense, but it's the kind of doesn't-make-a-lick-of-sense that leaves you with a goofy smile from watching a master at work. (Scott Renshaw)
jueves, 24 de enero de 2013
..."Park Chan-Wook is one of the most exciting filmmakers we have. While usually tending to stick to brutal subject matters, Park also loves challenging himself, as experienced in his short film Night Fishing, shot entirely on iPhone 4 cameras. With Stoker, Park brings his slick style of filmmaking to the west, and while it may not be as operatic as some of his earlier pictures, Park’s uncompromising style of making pictures remains intact.
That reason alone is enough to celebrate Stoker, but there just happens to Greek tragedy by way of Alfred Hitchcock wrapped inside this package. Wentworth Miller (of “Prison Break” and Resident Evil: Afterlife fame) pens a twisted tale that in other hands would come away as serviceable. There’s problems, sure, but Miller should be thankful he’s in the company of such expert filmmakers, elevating his screenplay to an almost masterpiece.
One of those pieces is editor Nicholas De Toth, who does career work here. While his previous ventures in blockbusters such as Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and X-Men Origins: Wolverine came away as fairly standard, De Toth’s unchained. With every dissolve, every cut, De Toth shows mastery over the form of editing.
It’d also be silly to discuss Stoker and not mention Chung-hoon Chung’s brilliant cinematography. A long-time collaborator of Park’s, Mr. Chung frames every image like an old family portrait, seldom using red except to illustrate bloodshed. Credit must also be given to the entire sound team for their tremendous efforts, including composer Clint Mansell’s eerie and stylish score. The score and foley work, married with Chung’s imagery, create some lovely cinema..."
martes, 22 de enero de 2013
I recently had a chance to see Park Chan-wook's latest film, Stoker, up at Sundance, and I freakin' loved it! So far it's my favorite film up at the festival. The movie is hauntingly beautiful, and Chan-wook did an incredible job directing it. An new international trailer has been released for the movie that was scored by DJ Shadow. You've got to watch it when it's released. It stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, and Mia Wasikowska, all of which were incredible in the movie.
Here's an excerpt from my review: "The film was beautifully jacked up. I've always loved the Park's direction, but I think this is could be his best film production to date. It's his first English language movie, and he nailed it! His direction in this movie is brilliantly mesmerizing! I was sucked right into the story the moment that the movie started, and it never let me go. Hell, I wanted to see the story continue after it was over! The script was fantastic, and the cinematography was incredible. I loved how most of the storytelling was done through visuals." Joey Paur
lunes, 21 de enero de 2013