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Park Chan-Wook's Oldboy was one of the most intriguing films I had ever had the pleasure of viewing so when I first found out that he was making a film in the English language I was skeptical about how he would translate his magnificent ideas and to be quite frank he did not disappoint me one single bit Stoker was absolutely amazing and so far it stands as my favorite film in 2013 and I could see it remaining that way for the foreseeable future.
Stoker stars Mia Wasikowska as the brilliant but equally disturbed India, India is introduced to the audience at her father's funeral after he has been killed in a tragic accident. India and her mother are obviously heartbroken with the death of their kin but India's mother does find some comfort in Charlie an Uncle and brother in law that India never knew existed. India is at first skeptical of her new found relative and when a series of strange occurrences begin to develop instead of distancing herself from her uncle she becomes weirdly obsessed by him and he with her. A weird incestuous love triangle begins to form and the film picks up the pace at the halfway point and finishes on flying form with a few bumps and twists along the way.
Stoker is a wonderful film by a magnificent director who has made a completely original film using segments of tried and tested plots from some of our favorite films, Stoker in my eyes will go on to garner a massive cult following much like Chan-Wook's vengeance trilogy and deservedly slow the film starts off slowly and builds tension in Hitchockesque manner before finishing with a superbly devastating climax..... Stoker is a real triumph and a must see
Brilliant, superb, gripping, amazing,shocking and did I mention brilliant? This is how to make a documentary!!
Oh sweet merciful lord where to begin with Movie 43? The film has such a talented cast at it's disposal and uses very few of them to their full advantage it's hard to review this film because really it is one gigantic mess bar and bar a few laughs here and there does nothing that viewers haven't already seen. Movie 43 and it's many sketches were directed by numerous people and stars a host of Hollywood A-listers including Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Chloe Moretz, Kate Winslet, Gerard Butler and countless others but all in all the majority of the stars come across as foolish rather than funny onstage and it is a wonder that any of them agreed to be in the film in the first place.
The plot opens with two teenage boys being pranked by one of the teenagers younger brother, the two elders decide to take revenge on the younger by stealing his computer and filling it with viruses so that he cannot prank them the duo tell them about the a film named Movie 43 and how it is top secret and only he has the brainpower to help them view it, one of the teenagers goes to the bathroom to watch adult films on the boys laptop to obtain viruses while the other stays with the kid who searches Movie 43 and from here we jump into a series of weird scenes that become the basis for the actual Movie 43.
Apart from one scene that features Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz in an awfully cringeworthy but fantastically funny few minutes the film genuinely did not make me laugh out loud and seeing as it is a comedy I am viewing it as a major flop the gags are jokes that 10-12 year old boys will still find funny but apart from that I advise you to save your money as Movie 43 is a spectacular failure
I don't know how anybody could watch this film and fail to love it it's just simply hilarious. Duck Soup is one of the rare films that has stood the test of time and can still make an audience laugh almost 80 years after it's original release.
WOW! To be honest that is the best way to sum up J.A. Bayona's The Orphanage and even then that might not be doing it justice. Maybe it was because I stumbled upon it by accident because before watching the film I had heard very little about it and merely picked it out because there was nothing else I wanted to see at the time but boy was it an impressive film. I do not think I have ever watched a horror film quite like The Orphanage I mean for the first half of the film it seems like your typical horror film, there is the old abandoned house, a child goes missing while mysterious things happen around the house and there is a creepy old lady who is lingering around the house but one important thing that so many horrors now have is the "eye in the mirror" moments that make you jump! The Orphanage relies solely on building tension in a Hitchcock style manner and it makes the movie nerve wracking and delightful to watch at the same time. I am not familiar with the cast as it is a Spanish made film but the leading lady is absolutely superb and I can only hope that she won numerous awards for her role as Laura.
The film starts by introducing us to a young girl named Laura who lives at an orphanage but is about to be adopted flash forward 30 years and Laura is now 37 and has moved back into the abandoned orphanage with her adopted HIV suffering son and her husband. Laura's son Simon tells his parents about his imaginary friends but his plea's about them being real fall on deaf ears. Laura plans to adopt 5/6 more children but is struggling seemingly with Simon and his pleas about a boy named Tomas who lives in the house. When Laura hosts a party for potential residents of the orphanage Simon goes missing and for the next 6-7 months we follow Laura as she desperately tries to find her son while being haunted by mysterious spirits within her own home.
The Orphanage is eerily refreshing and is one of the rare horror films of the last 20 years that does not need to use scare tactics to make the film scary instead it utilizes the ability of the cast and the wicked plot to build suspense and to produce one of the best films I have ever seen.