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Enemy (2014)
3 years ago via Flixster

I admired its complex structure, surreal imagery, elegant symbolic photography, and Jake Gyllenhaal's dual performance. The film is well- thought and meticulously aligned, and it feels like every scene is important as it leaves you pieces of clues to whatever the real meaning of the film is. The use of dialogue, and hidden symbolism throughout the film is difficult to notice and it might leave audiences perplexed when the obvious symbols are revealed, much like the ending, which in my opinion was more confusing than scary during my first viewing.

The first time I watched Enemy, I dismissed it as artsy-fartsy because of one of the weirdest ending in the history of cinema and I've found no resolution and meaning to the story of the film. But, attempting to try it again the second time knowing what to expect and having an open mind made it exponentially less confusing. And so I've learned that it's a battle of the subconscious mind of an unfaithful lover who is afraid of a committed relationship and how he's trying to eradicate his negative self to restore balance in his life. So I eliminated my presumption that there are two Jakes and concluded that those scenes that shows them conversing to one another only happened in his subconscious.

I will not try to explain the whole film and every hidden meanings it has but I'm sure that I fully understand it now. But then, I still found plot holes and even though I try to disregard them due to the nature of the film, I asks myself "Is it exempted from rational questions just because it is an art film?" Mystery, fantasy and science-fiction films are often plagued with plot holes, and art films doesn't care about rules and conventions. So, does Enemy escapes any of its flaws?

I concluded that it's too confusing to recognize what it is really about when you watch it the first time. But I praise it because it challenges viewers to use their mind and speculate, and it is rare to find a film that is smartly directed these days.

Pink Flamingos
5 years ago via Flixster

An exercise in bad taste, indeed. This filthy trash movie is worthy of a glimpse, though it will not be a movie that is good for digestion, it's like an exotic dish of weirdness. The story is actually dumb but funny, a couple is trying to dethrone Divine in her status in being the "filthiest person alive," the story is enough to tell how filthy this movie is. It's funny not because it's a comedy, it doesn't try to be funny, the situation and the performance of the actors were already hilarious, naturally. The script is another plus for its absurdity. The characters, especially Divine and her mother Edie are unforgettable; you can't forget the Marbles too, with their unusual hair color. The oddest things are in placed here; the notorious last scene will make you sick. I want to watch more of this kind of movies, this is what I love about the journey of cinema, there are many things you'll discover, and there are a lot that I still haven't.

Rosemary's Baby
5 years ago via Flixster

I like watching films without knowing what it is about, the experience of surprise is priceless. I don't know what I'm expecting, and I like being unsure of the things happening in the film.

Roman Polanski's attention to detail is admirable here, not to mention the strong plot development and structure that leads us to the eerie ending. Polanski also interestingly explored the idea of sanity, trust, betrayal and corruption. This has been the finest horror film I've seen for a long time, it's one of the creepiest film, more creepy than it is scary.

The Raid: Redemption
5 years ago via Flixster

The first time I saw it left my mouth hanging, wondering what the hell is happening, because the film has been edited to show less violence, it took out all the important parts and it made me really angry. The second time around left my mouth hanging again, this time because of the absolutely insane action scenes. About 75 percent of the action scenes had been cut down when I saw it in the theater, a worthless money-grabber. Now on DVD, I'm able to watch the uncut version with the original language, and I fully enjoyed the film.

I was shocked to see the full blast of brutal action for the first time, and I would definitely recommend this to action junkies like my father. The fight scenes were beautifully choreographed and the stunts were amazing. I know now how hard it is to make a martial art action film, it requires actors with such skills and an excellent choreography, and it's hard to perfectly handle a scene with a lot of movements, it was amazing to see how the characters do their stuff, it's like dancing, it's a different kind of art, it should be appreciated. It takes time to master that kind of art.

The violence of this film leaves me breathless, I was a big fan of Jet Li and his movies when I was younger, 5 years ago I would've rated this with a perfect ten. But overall, the film is completely reliant on its action, the plot wasn't a bit of a challenge nor was it a particularly good one. The weakness comes in the plot, I know when we watch action movies we don't really care about it, but it's equally important as the action, but I know this film aims to entertain, and it did succeed. In the end, it's just another karate movie, but it's one bar higher than the usual. The Raid: Redemption is a great piece of entertainment, though not destined to be a great film. Worth watching, if it's the uncut version.