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So I started watching this movie not knowing it was directed by Park Chan Wook and was really surprised when I saw his name in the opening credits. It makes sense having watched the movie and I tried my best to be unbiased. It’s super stylish, going for a blend of colonial style house settings, gothic outfits and Hitchcock thriller themes; at first, the acting seems a bit over the top but it all comes together as you become accustomed to it.
The cinematography is great. I loved some of the syncropated scenes where they connect back and forth either with literal images or themes such as coldness, etc. which build suspense really well. Definitely, the film is uncomfortable to watch. The tension between Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman can be clearly felt, each of them coming to terms with their new lives. I haven’t seen an American thriller like this in a long time. Reminiscent of A Tale of Two Sisters or Vital. And of course with any Korean affiliated thriller, it has a great revelation, or twist ending.
Park really added a great piece to his filmography with his international debut. I found myself wondering what it his relationship with the actors must have been like. Certainly this is the best American horror/thriller of 2013.. I think.
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Pretty heavy movie. I watched it on Netflix and it was way more tame than what I had heard, but I also realized how desensitized I am. Aside from Pieta being a difficult watch, I really loved the color palette used throughout the movie. A lot of it takes place in the slums, putting an emphasis on blue collar workers and machinery, almost giving it a steam punk type of feel. Definitely felt like I was watching a Sogo Ishii film at times.
I did feel like Pieta took more time than it needed with certain scenes; it certainly lacked the character development required to actually care about the fate of it’s cast. That didn’t stop the couple scenes leading up to the end from feeling very powerful.
I liked it, in two sittings. Not on purpose, particularly, but it seems reasonable now that I think about it..It’d be hard to recommend Pieta to anyone but film and art house nerds.
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Not sure how to start talking about this movie. It’s so expressive and so human. Jeon Do-yeon deserves all the critical praise she got for her lead role in this. Song Kang-ho was a brilliant opposing lead. I’ve never seen a movie that’s so relatable while dealing with subject matter that might be completely irrelevant to your life. What makes it better is the subject matter that is dealt with in the film. It’s a little long and can be slow at times, but definitely watch this. Really.
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a couple of recent EAC ‘investments’ i ordered on a whim. didn’t meant to get rashomon on bluray but oh well.
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I had a chance to grab this box set. I didn’t take it. Luckily it’s inexpensive and not hard to find. Currently watching (on ep 2). I enjoy the low budget, made for tv aesthetic it has. The box reads that much footage was taken out because it was too gory for tv, and that it was lost after that, but I’m surprised to find that it’s still pretty gross. I haven’t read the manga, the same with every other movie/show based off a manga series. I just don’t read manga. But I like it.
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