The Painter and the Thief
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An idiosyncratic horror piece. I'm not entirely sold on some of the weirdness of early scenes, that being said its second half is memorable and effective.
One of the most stressful thrillers I've ever seen and yes that's a compliment. Sandler fundamentally understands this character in a way a lot of other actors wouldn't. Every choice, every emotional plea, every joke is literally a gamble to him. Nothing is done if there isn't risk involved.
A gorgeously filmed Gothic horror piece. It is a shame the movie so blatantly disregards its own internal logic and rules in the end but by that point you're so thoroughly hypnotized by all of the billowing curtains and Deneuve's presence that you may not care.
Yeah, I get what von Trier is getting at here and I suppose I can appreciate Matt Dillon's admittedly fantastic performance. However, the movie is often deeply unpleasant and also intermittently boring.
Hawks emphasizing character over plot has the effect of enhancing the danger of the flying sequences. You're just never sure who is going to survive.