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« Reply #330 on: November 19, 2012, 09:30:43 PM »

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A Tale of Two Sisters

- Kim Jee-Woon. based on Korean folkyore.
Stylistic, suspensful, and masterfully shot with a keen intricant sense to detail. A brilliant masterpiece that few have seen, let alone heard of, and even fewer will grap without multiple views.

The movie plays out like a novel, of which it is based on. This  is NOT a horror or blood and gore type, rather a slow building suspense drama that builds up to a twisted revelation. The movie is 115min long and may seem slow and challenging to the average hollywood viewer for the first 60-70 min, because this is a suspenseful and masterfully crafted asian cinema where the payoff is the devil in the details. Multiple scenes offer you insight and clues that will most likely evade you the first viewing, small marticulous details that seem mundane the first trip around but are important and very insightful when you come to realize thier significance. Chances are you will not be able to digest nor fully appreicate this without multiple viewings along with multiple synopsis and interpretations by more experienced viewers. This goes to show you the extent and lengths the director went to, to delivery a well crafted, and thought out piece of cinema tha will ultimately challenge your perception in this intricant tale of deception. Looking back its amazing how mundane the scenes may seem but how relevant they really are for the big scheme of things.

I could easily give you several examples of movies that draw some comparisons from, but that will ultimately give away one or possible two of the main twists in the story. 
the last 40 minutes is where everything is tied to together and explained to some extent, there is alot of puzzel pieces that you will see that seemed missing at first now fit nicely together in this puzzel that will make most viewers dumbfounded and consfused at first.

This movie is not for everyone, including the hollywood type who must be spoon fed explainations. You must have the patience not only to endure this  2 hr methodical piece of asian cinema not only once, but multiple times to fully enjoy all its small details. You must have a keen sense of detail and enjoy the slow build up like reading a good novel. If you are a big mystery and suspense person who doesn't mind reading subtitles and enjoys mulitple twists and putting multiple puzzel pieces together but still not having a full picture then this is for you. There are many interpretations of this movie, some are never full revealed and mere hypothesis but is guarantted to be one of the smartest movies you will see.
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« Reply #331 on: December 05, 2012, 10:03:33 PM »

  First after reading an analysis and being able to watch A tale of Two sisters again my appreciation for this increased expotentially. This is now my 1b movie of all time to my 1a Oldboy.The film is riddled with symbolism, hidden meanings and beautifully picturesque scenes that are simply breath taking. Every scene seems to contain some bit of importance, symbolic meaning or hidden secret of the house and family's dark history. An absolute work of art. now onto...

Martyrs
    A complete opposite of the fore-mentioned tale of two sisters. This isnt symbolic, beautifully illustrated rather a brutal, raw, violent and vile movie beyond your sickest expectations. ive seen a bit of shocking movies but have to admit the disgusting and vile nature of this caught me off guard, It is a kick in the gut, ugly, a tale of achieving martyrdom and the disgusting figureheads that will stop at nothing to reach it.

This film is utterly violent and disturbing, a emotional rollercoaster that is psychotically deranged, depraved and skin crawling with some of the sickest forms of torture you will ever see or want to imagine. if scenes of physical violence against women revolt you in film, then do not watch this, a very hard thing to stomach in some parts. A profane and physically abuse film that will turn your soul black. it will surely give you an appreciation for your own life and a sorrowing respect for those of physcial abuse. an absolute stomach turning experience that is violently repulsive. if the thought of hostel and its content make you quesy, then this is 1000x worse in graphic nature. you actually feel the emotional and physical abuse with a sorrowing soundtrack that will flutter your heart.

.not your ordinary tale of abduction and revenge. Nice little twist.  only for the sickest of the sickest. this is all to real, bloody and gritty. watch at your own risk but seriously it may be better you not.  As always don't bother with r- rated version completely stripped of all key scenes. Unrated.


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« Reply #332 on: December 12, 2012, 08:54:19 PM »

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3 Extremes

 3 short movies, with two being from my favorite directors of all time Park Chan wook (old boy and the vengence trilogys) and Takeshi Miike (ichi the killer, 13 assassins, audition).

"Dumplings" by Fruit Chan. Probably the most straight forward of the three and most stomach turning. An aging trophy wife feels unwanted, unloved, and suspicous that her husband is cheating on her. A woman claims to have the secret to eternal youthful looking skin. Her dumplings with a special ingredient. For the squemish and female crowd may want to skip over to the next movie section. Despret to retain the attention of her extremely rich husband a woman seeks to regain her once beautiful and flawless skin and youth even after she becomes aware of the special ingredient. The film is fairly straight forward with the attention being drawn to a few distrubing scenes. The dumpling eating is particularly unsettling, with an almost clear transparency, the women slowly slurps the dumplings like oysters, slowly methodically savoring it while an unsettling sound of crunching can be heard as she slowly chews on it, sounding almost like tiny crackling sounds. In case you havent figured it out the special ingredient is abortions. As she prepares the dumplings and the women is eating them she explains what trimester makes the best dumplings, the bones being soft but brittle enough to consume and chew. There are 2 scenes of home done abortions, one involving a young 12 year old girl with the fetus beign shown and another bath tub scene at the end, where after the women finds out she is pregnant, aborts it in the bathtub, snares out a long serpent like tongue, and is seen in the final cut consuming her young like to maintain her youthful appearence. there is also another disturbing scene of the young 12yo girl bleeding out on the bus from the blotched abortion.

"Cut" from my favorite director Park Chan wook. A  disgruntle "extra" is insanely jealous of a famous, and well off director who seems to have it all including a charming personality. The extra ends up kidnapping the director and holding him hostage at his home with his wife strung from wires and fingers attached to piano keys (shes a pianist). The extra explains he wants the director to make a decision and do an dispectable act to lower himself to his standards. An innocent 13 yo child is tied to a couch, the director tied up to a retractable cord, only long enough to reach the couch. He must make a decision to kill the innocent child which the extra picked up along the way or have his wifes fingers cut off for every 5 minutes he hesitates ala "saw" . the setting and staging is absolutely beautifully done, customes, atmosphere and the camera work is second to none. slowly revolving, panning out  to reveal hidden surprises, and focusing on the human element and facial expressions. There are instances of fingers in a blender, some song and dance to lighten the mood, and some foreshadowing from the beginning for which it ends which was neatly done. A beautiful and stunning visual play.

"Box" by Takeshi Miike (ichi the killer) a surreal, and dream like world where you struggle to determing what is real, imagined or going on for the most part. One of the most hardest segments to figure out. Two girls with a step father in the circus are practing for an act. one is accidently locked into a box and burned alive. Scenes of jealousy, seduction, incest are just a few of the surreal like atmosphere. A box being buried in a dirt hole where the incident happened, a ghost of the burned girl peering out from the box. the SPOILER AHEAD... from what i gather one girl was jealous of the attention from the stepfather and killed her sister in the box. there seems to be two different scenarios and confusing dream sequences mostly because the end reveals the girls waking up together, literally, they are siamese twins. i guess the concept is that they may share a body, but the dream individually and that is why the dream sequence was hard to follow, we are torn between the two girls dreaming. very intriguing cocept.

caught this on pay per view for 2.99. each segment is about 40 minutes long, creepshow style, there is not really alot of gore or action, rather a slow methodical build up that asian cinema is known for that focuses on psychological fear.
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« Reply #333 on: January 06, 2013, 01:22:24 PM »

well here it is for you old school horror fans. was skeptical at first but putting my trust in raimi and alvarez. things pick up at 1:40 and the ending scene is something to be seen.

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« Reply #334 on: January 06, 2013, 05:27:01 PM »

well here it is for you old school horror fans. was skeptical at first but putting my trust in raimi and alvarez. things pick up at 1:40 and the ending scene is something to be seen.

http://www.youtube.com/v/v3UiELNrjhE?
Wow, like i have stated many time before, I think all they horror movie guys are just trying to "one up" each other with the extreme gore and violence. But, to each their own.
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« Reply #335 on: January 09, 2013, 09:22:02 PM »

just found out about this one. looks interesting and is slated for a jan 11 release. Basically a korean imagining of the 78 "towering inferno"

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« Reply #336 on: January 24, 2013, 06:51:42 PM »

J.J. Abrahms to direct the next star wars movie for release in 2015.

did anyone else notice the last hurrah of the last action heros of the 80's all having movies released simulatanously?
Schwazennegger has "the last stand", stallon "bullet to the head", Willis "good day to die hard" and for shits and giggles you can throw in cruise (mission impossible) in "oblvion"
is there no young action stars to take the place of these who are on there last legs. damon (bourne series?) straham? hollywood is either playing it safe as always, or has no new stars in the pipeline.
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« Reply #337 on: March 27, 2013, 06:32:54 PM »

its been to long since ive seen a good movie, long dry spell. Stoker is released in limited theaters and still waiting to make its way on VOD. just picked up a whole bunch of new stuff on dvd so hopefully have some good material. Was finally able to get A serbian film 100% uncut , probably the most sickest, and depraved movie you wish you never laid eyes on. still a greatly made movie full of symbolism about the struggles of serbia and its treatment of its people.

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« Reply #338 on: April 02, 2013, 09:26:06 PM »

Loved the First one


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« Reply #339 on: April 15, 2013, 09:14:57 PM »

just ordered Ichi the killer, the good, the bad, the weird and the man from nowhere which features a kick ass knife fight scene. what do you know..someone did bring a knife to a gun fight.  Grin

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« Reply #340 on: April 19, 2013, 08:21:37 PM »

The Chaser

Plot:  An ex-cop kicked off the force turned pimp is finding some of his girls have gone missing after advancements. Fearing they may have run off with his money, he soon realizes they have gone missing finding a connection with a common client, whom he thinks is selling his girls. The plot unfolds as a cat and mouse game as the pimp hunts down the killer with no help of an inept police force and bungling beaucracy, that seemingly cannot find any real evidence to put this serial killer away.

Yun-seok Kim plays the ex cop Joong-ho turned pimp, but it is the cold, cunning, and sly performance of Jung-woo Ha as the serial killer that really makes this movie. Joong-ho is a typical pimp, ruthless in his enforcement and with little care or regard for his merchandise. When a third girl of his goes missing, his best one, he gets suspicous and the tale starts to unfold as he as to hunt down this guy to save the life of Mi-jin kim who may still be alive. You start to see a transformation in Joong-ho but is hard to tell at first if its because of protecting his investment or of generally concern for the well being of his girl who has a little daughter. Soon we see him go to great lengths with little or no help from a bungling police force that is more keystone capers then detectives and who can't seem to formulate any hard evidence to help him before time runs out on Mi-jin's life.

As the name suggests, there is some foot chase scenes and the film revolves around Joongs chase against time. It is a cat and mouse game for the first part of the movie, turning to a korean revenge in the later half. There is some funny comedic elements and Yun-seok  has some great deliveries and ways of handling situations. There is not a lot of violence for those who may be turned off by that sort of thing with the exception of one hammer scene. The fight scenes are very realistic, not over the top and showy. The movie in whole is suspenseful, hard to predict, and a good thrill ride as the two main characters are really identifiable and likable.


The quality of the movie itself is good, on dvd the picture is very sharp, high grade, while most of the chase evolves around the bustling nightlife of Seoul which everything is nicely shot. There isnt a lot of artistic camera work, but the dialogue is funny at times, and there is always enough interest where the 125 minute run time never seems to slow down. An enjoyable movie that some here may even find enjoyable, as its more mainstream then many of the movies i usually partake in and close to a hollwood type. trust amazon or imbd for more indepth curiousity. of course as with 99% of the movies i watch it does have subtitles for those who may find that a discouragement. Fun, Definitely worth a watch.

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« Reply #341 on: May 09, 2013, 07:36:13 PM »

Ichi the killer (blu ray) unrated.

   When a yakuza crime boss goes missing, along with his girl, and all the syndicates money, the family seems to think he ran off. Its up to henchman Kakihara to find out what happened, convinced he was taken by a rival gang, het sets out to unleash his own form of sadistic punishment and torture in the path of all those that cross him to find the truth.

   Based on the Japanese Manga ( think the japanese equivalent of graphic novel) Ichi is a violent protrayl that shocks with visual graphics, albeit sometimes exaggerated forms of violence and blood shed. The movie does suffer from a set identity as to wether it wants to protray the realistic, brutal and shocking aspect (a prostitute is beaten closed fist til her face swells up and a man is tortured, hung by fish hooks and wires, while having a needle pierce his jaw, and cheek only to have boiling oil poured over him melting off his skin) to the outlandish, manga style, often cartoonish form of exaggerated violence (a man is cut in half from head to crotch with each side of his body falling opposite directions to a mans face sliced off, and flies across the room, sticking to the wall before sliding down leaving a trail of blood with his death stare). And who can not forget when two unfortunate souls have thier neck sliced open, while running around the room in panic, looking like a bobblehead, with a exaggerated, though funny, spurts of blood emitting at almost firehose force, and a sound effect that sounding like someone turning on a faucet. Yes long before thier was hostel or saw, Takashi Miike was dishing out violent asian extreme cinema.

Kakihara is a sadist/masochist, bored with life, unable to find the love in violence his once  boss dished out on him, that excites him so. He becomes obssessed with the only man that fullfill his fantasy, of a showdown to meet an exciting and exhilerating death.

Ichi is meek and mild mannered 90 pound wimp, who is under control by a man named Jiji who is using him to front rival gang members against one another by using false implanted memories thorugh hypnosis. When he gets upset , falsly being told to kill those that bullied him, he starts to cry before going into a uncontrollable killing frenzy (think adam sandler in the waterboy if you will).

Takashi Miike has proven himself to be a master of visual violent effects, there is some nifty camera work, ala the blurring of the tokyo street lights and buildings when ichi is running through the streets to protray panic and disarray. Miike is also known for his vague, open -endings where things just dont seem to make sense (see the box in 3 extremes), leaving the viewer to make his own intrepretation offen leading to frustration and anger in amercian viewers who usually want a spoon fed explanation and neat tidy ending. you wont ever get this from Miike,

The bluray version is only marginable better in picture quality and bitrate, but does include two hours of extras. If you like violence mixed in with some soft comedic effect and some outlandish moments, this is worth a look. I would say this is a solid B rated movie, not great as compared to Oldboy, a tale of two sisters, and i saw the devil, but does offer a look at one of japan's premier directors and the one that brought Miike into the spotlight,

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« Reply #342 on: May 25, 2013, 09:22:00 AM »


The Good, the Bad, the Weird

    What can best be described as a Korean Spaghetti western, the Good, the Bad, and the Weird, is an exhillerating, gunslinging adventure that followers 3 characters chasing a stolen treasure map pitting them against one another, bandits, and the Japanese army in search of buried treasure and fortune in 1930's Manhuria. The story opens with a spectacular train robbery and ending with a 3 man showdown, while inbetween has a endless stream on non-stop action, gunfights, and adventures laced with some comedic events and elements that never seems to slow down to much captivating the viewer for the entire 130 minutes.

the Good
    Honestly where to begin. A virtually non stop action packed, spaghetti western that is stylistic, flashy, and filled with stunning visuals, beautiful customs, gorgeous sets and locations with a incredible diversified soundtrack that seems to convey the action onscreen beautifully paired together. The visuals are beautiful, bright colors with high saturation  and vibrant. The framing is equally suberb, upclose facial shots, that are crisp with details, rich and razor sharp in clarity thanks to bluray. The camera works is well placed following the action even under due stress and frantic chase scenes. There are some interesting camera angles, a top down perspective of a room during a fight scene. The music varies from a slow waltz during whismical scenes to more fast upbeat tempos during chase scenes and that of action. The sets are elobrate with detail and eye candy, beautifully oriented from the trains interior to the ghost market. Beautiful colors and artwork as well detailed custom detail add to the scenery. There is a lot of gunplay, chases, comedic elements from "the weird" that keeps things moving and interesting throughout.

the Bad
    Not much, the weird was the major focus of the movie, more development could of been given to the good, and the bad, but this is a action movie, and has just enough of character to get the jest of things.

the Weird
    a knife fight where to unfortunate victims ended up with knives stuck in their rectum. Just about any moment the weird was onscreen with comedic relief and facial expressions.

Overall
    the bluray was razor sharp in detail, the visuals were bright, saturated, with good camera work with non-stop action. Beautiful sets, customs, story and soundtrack, and framing makes this a must see and really shows how a action flick should come together in terms of directions and delivery.

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« Reply #343 on: June 22, 2013, 11:18:47 AM »

Lady Vengeance
- by famed director Park Chan Wook (Oldboy)
     a women falsely imprisoned for 13 years is released, and seeks vengeance on the man responsible for putting her there and for taking her daughter away from her.
 
   As with all Park's work the cinematography is suberb, simple eleoquent scenes agaisnt pure snow white backgournds, close ups of emotional characters, bright colors, stunning visuals, simple elusive smiles that tell stories far beyond words. The beautiful framing and visuals alone are worth watching this movie over, portrait worthy, and are simply breath taking at times. The music is classical, and protrays the soothing build up of story over time that turning dark in nature.

  As with most asian cinema the story takes time to develope and can be a bit confusing at first, your not quite sure about what is going on until halfway through when it is explained how lady vengeance got framed for a murder she didn't commit and why she allowed herself to take the fall. The story revolves around seeking vengeance out to cleanse her demons within, to seek relief and justice, to annote sins, but does she ultimately find it? Sometimes satisfaction is never reached  upon completion of our goals, we are still left feeling empty.

   The story is eloquently told, takes time to develop and is the focus along with the visuals. There are some disturbing imagery (SPOILER warnings of scenes : a puppy being shot point blank range, familes watching tapes of their abducted children, and lady vengeance pulling a dogs body with the head of a man shot close up in the head).  the ending is a bit of a let down when the families get to extract thier own brand of punishment against the person responsible for the kidnapping and death of thier children, and the torture of him is not seen, only the emotional struggle of the familes to deal with their decision. things close with a pact and a sad dinner scene. END SPOILER.

there were some parts that seemed overly stressed, her red eyeliner and how much she changed while in prison that seemed repeated more often then not, but other then a few annoyances the film is one that grows on you and one that you appreciate the more it settles and you reflect back on it.

 This is the finale of the vengeance triology, oldboy still my favorite of the three and all time, and is very well shot and detailed with some dark humored elements injected. Charlize theron is slated to do the american remake, but as always will never compare to the original asian counterpart.

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« Reply #344 on: July 05, 2013, 01:40:21 PM »

Stoker

-directed by Park Chan-wook
   Stoker is about a young women, India, who recently has lost her father and comes into contact with her fathers long lost brother at the funeral, who leads her on an awakening of empowerment, and sexuality (theres a good shower masturbation scene). Just like a flower cannot choose its color, we sometimes cannot  choose what we become.

   Filled with an seemingly endless sense of symbolic gestures, stunning visual scenes, and layers upon layers of complexity and depth, Park chan-wook takes you on a spiritual journey with hidden meanings and gestures that went mostly unnoticed and unappreciated here with his first American movie release (as evident from the 1 million dollar gross and limited average weekly screenings (24)which is fewer then many standard theaters today) across the whole country.

   India is withdrawn, an introvert, one who is bullied at school for her soft manners and awkwardness. She also carries bad blood , which her father may have sensed this from an earlier childhood incident involving his brother charlie, and takes her out on frequent bird hunting trips, not because either of them enjoy it, but hoping it acts as a release so she wont do anything more drastic.

Scene Spoiler start : Flashback of Indias Father Richard, playing with charlie and his other little brother on the sliding board. Richard is playing with his younger brother, age 3-4, helping him climb the steps and go down the sliding board. Distracted while cutting the grass, little charlie wants to emulate his big brother, helping his little brother up the slide and pushes him down, only to reveal a hole at the bottom of the slide charlie dug while building a sand castle, The next scene is that of Richard sensing something wrong and rushing over to see charlie making sand angels ontop of his buried brother. A gesture that is repeated as India makes snow angels on  her bed. end spoiler.

   The film begins with a saturation of whites, both setting and accent wise through costume and props, perhaps to protray the innocence, purity and naive nature of India before she meets Charlie and goes through her awakening. In one instance she is rolling around a white hard boild egg, slowing cracking the shell, again a symbolic nature of her growth from embyroic youth, into her present state of mind. There are many scenes of birds, nests and even dedon nest rests (google it) that symbolise her flight into adulthood and freedom. India alwasy had the perception that being an adult will set you free. At this stage she is starting to gain confidence, standing up to bullies at school (stabs a guy harrasing her) and stands up to a near rape scene in the woods.

  India soon comes to discovers Charlies dark secret, the nature of her dads mysterious car crash but it is to late, she inevitable realizes she carries the bad blood and has transformed into that which she feared of Charlie.

Nicole Kidmans character is feature in the beginning and end of the film, and doesnt carry a lot of weight, as it central theme revolves around the relationship and growth of India and her uncle Charlie. Her only defining moment other then snide comments is the speech delivery she gives to India within the trailer. Mia does a good job in her part as the awkward coming of age daughter and Matthew Goode plays the seemingly calm, and questionable uncle.

   There is a great entanglement of scenes, blending transitions and suspensful situations (including a orgasmic piano duet) to the shower masturbation scene, the wooded rape scene, and the phone booth scene where you'll never see a more dramatic unleashing of the belt then here. In the end it is the onion like layering, reoccuring themes and symbolic nature that ultimately will make you appreciate this movie much more if you know what you are looking for and take time to notice the subtle details and hints Park chan wook throws at you. Many will gloss over the intricate nature and wont scratch the surface of what this film has to offer and will leave dissatisfied with an ordinary film (which is why im guessing no money was spared for marketing and the dismal box office take). As with all of Parks works you there is always more then meets the eye.


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