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Dekalog,Eternal Sunshine: 'Am I Ugly?'
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OUATITW: Every scene with claudia cardinale and henry fonda, Priscilla: 'Are you gonna have a boyfriend when we get back?', The Wrestler: The apology, Lady Vengeance: 'Die quietly', 'Jenny's Song' and 'Australia', Jackie Brown: 'Grier and Forster's moment', TWBB: Bowling Alley, The Big Lebowski 'The Chinaman's not the issue here' and 'vagina-Moore'
Yet another koreon horror, but unlike a lot of other similar films this just suceeds. There is no escaping the fact that it is about some killer shoes with a silly curse, but there is some great drama and character development. It sure ain't scary, but gory it is. This is above alot of films because its got more depth and detail that other asian horror filsm lack. And whereas films like the grudge lacked a coherent structure they were filled with scares. Sadly this is a mixture of both but this branches out and makes the film more appealable to a wider audience. Worth a look 7.5/10
This looked really promising. A koreon horror film using the world of mirrors to scar eus. It is not very scary to be fair even at the beginning when a woman slits her throat with a pizza cutter. Genre wise this film is confused. Acting wise it is pretty good, and storyline wise it has more depth. And as a cop film investigating murders it is almost on par with Infernal Affairs, its just the limp supernatural element is poorly thought out which lead to disappointing results. Good ending otherwise, and a thought provoking one at that!
The original was fantastic. Its storys encircling a plot quite managable and scaring everyone silly. But this sequel is so confusing and unexplained that it simply doe snot have the same effect. The disturbing images are overused in all the wrong places, and though this is scary the characters and plot are remarkably weaker than the original classic. A shame, considering it could have been something much more.
Dekalog: Ambitious, subtle, humanistic, beautifully scored and socially relevant films dealing with life and our troubles. Neo-realistic bliss. 10/10
Krzysztof Kieslowski's miniscule budget goes a long way in the shaping of these 10 dramas from 1989, each dealing with an issue that arises from The Ten Commandments. While many of these laws are only hinted at more than others (some merely contradict or are left ambiguous) these 10 films originally conceived for the big screen and then scaled down to TV (thought several gave birth to extended versions which made it to the big screen) fundamentally create something even the Italian neo-realist and mockumentary French new wave films could never achieve. Dekalog is pure, and by that term I mean that it goes further than just being a staggering epic or merely a piece of cinema. Dekalog is the only film that I have seen that I can safely say is art. It takes its characters from one estate in modern Warsaw and spins yarns from each, many involving others and the indistinct yet symbolic figure of a man with 'no name', who is often seen lurking in the corner of the screen during main proceedings but never takes part creates a supernatural aspect amongst pragmatic realism. This omnipresent creation is left up to the audience to decide as to whether he is merely an observer or god himself. This is just one example why Dekalog deserves such a standing ovation, its full of immersive multifaceted yet simplistic charm, and while this may sound like an oxymoron it is a fitting description to such understated perfection.
Dekalog does not pull any truism demand to have the audience weeping during some of the tales, it merely portrays life without the exaggerated overpowering sentimentality and it makes each film all the more touching to watch. The music, composed by Zbigniew Preisner who is renowned for his neo-romanticism and undertones of sorrow worked with Kieslowski on the majority of his pictures, including the poetic and metaphorical Three Colours Trilogy as well as being hired by Coppola and other renowned leaders in film. It is also his music which helped form a love for Van Den Budenmayer a fictious composer created by the pair which is a recurring theme from Dekalog all the way to Three Colours:Red. The soothing melodies are powerful and fit perfectly with the sombre humdrum of Kieslowski's characters lives.
Other recurring elements in the films include those of time overlap, where we as the audience are unsure as to whether these events are happening simultaneously. The vital and most accomplished parts of the series are without doubt parts 1,4,5,6,8 and 9 partly because these are the most evocative, redolent and stirring to watch. As mentioned Dekalog was not about being gut-wrenchingly disheartening but the moments along the way present a fascinating recital of all sensations, and human needs. Part 10 for example is a black comedy featuring a duo (who would later appear in Three Colours:White albeit slightly different plot) whose dead father leaves them no money but stamps, which they sell for nothing until finding out their worth, its an interesting contrast from some of the other films and leaves the series on a high note. Kieslowski made the series for a mere $100,000, and that is its entirety. Was it made for profit? Of course not, distribution of full feature length films is easier than those of TV and extensions, but this was never going to be mainstream material. It simply states life for what it is, and many episodes deal with past and letting things go. Part 7 for example involves a mothers kidnap of her own daughter who her mother is raising as her sister (sounds confusing), these scenarios are intricate, detailed and seemingly naturalistic.
From regret-love-betrayal-guilt-anguish Dekalog stands alone as being a complete contemporary masterpiece depicting humans in all states of emotion. Stanley Kubrick himself cited it as one o f his favourite films and even provided a foreword for its release in 1991. Films like this do not come around very often and yes it lacks a big budget. Yes there are no special effects, and yes you will have to read subtitles unless you read Polish, but none of that matters. From its dated late 80's look, Dekalog is on a whole other scale, and while its off the mark in terms of beating Once Upon A Time In The West for pure cinematic and soundtrack Dekalog effects you further than Cardinale ever could in her state of woe. A long justifiable review for the greatest and most commendable of films (its a wholesome one religious series) ever made. Bring back pragmatism and perhaps one day this will be toppled. For now its stands a prominent centrepiece in my DVD collection and may it long continue. Don't look at me in that way Cardinale...
Total Running Time: 600 Minutes
Final Score: 100/100