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Hunter Hunter (2020)
Not for the faint of heart. Really Sickening.
I *knew* this movie was unanimously deemed brutal going into it but HOLY MOTHER OF GOD the ending is a lot. Definitely not the last thing I wanted to see before going to bed. This is coming from someone who habitually views horror/thriller films before bed without issue. Blue Ruin and The Wailing are bedtime stories to me. I watched Southbound and thought "Wow! This is a wonderfully intellectual study of emotion... *snooze*" But THIS? This is the most sickening reminder of the pain thay humans are capable of experiencing since Bone Tomahawk. "The Scene" in each film is actually quite comparable. Viewer beware. As to the plot, I'd say good-not-great; 6.5/10. Retrospectively, it's peculiar that the effectively chose to cut 45 seconds of Martyrs into an otherwise tame-R-rated indie thriller. That's art, I guess.
If you are expecting a wolf movie, stay away. If you are expecting a mystery revenge thriller with one scene arguably more graphic than anything in Hostel, welcome!
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
One of the best films of all time
6.8 stars is a complete joke for this film. It's an absolute masterpiece; transcendent. This is what happens when an artist writes a novel and an artist makes it into a film. A real blow to corporate Hollywood, which tends to appease the dumbest of audiences and nothing more. This movie is beyond brilliant in scope and power. Watch it as it is: art. Related: NCFOM, Blue Ruin, Good Time.
The Lodge (2019)
I didn't feel good after viewing this movie, but it was damn close to a masterpiece. The cinematography and narrative were very well crafted and the atmosphere palpable. This I admit reluctantly as, while dark films are my forte, this was a lot to handle. One thing I don't understand is how some people said they got bored while watching. I turn off a lot of movies about 20 mintues in, but this was hard to look away from. I fear for what films are going to look like in 20 years if the attention span of the average viewer continues to shorten so rapidly.
Great film. Gave me nightmares.
One of the best films I have ever seen
I don't like dramas. I like mystery and thrills more than tensionless character studies and romantic narratives. That said, the character study that is the first half of this film, and the romantic narrative throughout it's entirety were not only tolerable to me, but phenomenal. My astonishment was heightened further when the haunting mystery thriller that is the second half of this film began to unfold.
This might be my favorite film of all time. I fell in love with the girl, and was, pun very much intended, left with a burning in my soul upon the movie's close.
It is a harrowing, eerie film with more atmosphere than anything I can name. Flawless.
Original, Haunting Movie
This one stuck out to me. It demonstrates the flaws in Hollywood's disrespectful attitude regarding horror. There is significant character development and temporal complexity in this film, with an underlying motif that I have never before seen in horror. It's about time people see that horror can be a platform to portray intricate interpersonal networks and interpersonal struggle. This film is certainly a step in the right direction. I am tempted to give this a 10 because I can't recall anything I found wrong with it, but I try to reserve that for films that are undeniably among the pantheon of cinematic megaliths, which this is not.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
My favorite film
My favorite film of all time. Hands down. If you don't appreciate the ending, you aren't getting the point of the film. The brothers dare to be bold here, something I respect deeply.
Enter Nowhere (2011)
Very good premise and acting, especially given the budget. You can tell everybody poured their heart into this and it deserves praise. Definitely original and far from lazy. You won't be able to guess what's going on until it's revealed. I'm pretty good at calling twists and I couldn't guess this one.
Unique and Effective Horror
This movie is both hard to watch and hard to look away from. It is absurd, gritty, and mesmerizing. There is some significant gore here, so viewer beware.
There are some better and worse stories in this connected anthology. The following pertains to them all, especially Lucas's.
The fact that this film is so absurd is sickeningly evil in itself. This is true horror. Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and reality just melted away. It's my worst fear, a very deep and existential one, and one that this movie has tapped in a vile way. The scariest moment I had in my life was in the amnesia following a bad concussion. I didn't know who or where I was. I thought I was in hell. If that feeling can be experienced through cinema, this movie has done it.
For comparison, this movie reminds me of Rubber in an odd way. Maybe it's the desert setting, feverish plot, and deadpan gore. I'm tempted to say this is to horror what Rubber is to black humor.
If to know what this movie feels like to watch, I'd say picture some type of David Lynch-Tarantino-Rod Sterling lovechild presented as a sickening feverdream. Oh, and lots of gore.
Sanyangeui sigan (2020)
One of my Favorite Movies
Made an account just to review this after years of IMDB use. Might be the best thing I've seen on Netflix. It's a slowburning crime thriller that adopts a creative take on the genre about halfway through. The characters are highly sympathetic and the use of sound and lighting are incredible. There are scenes in here that are some of the scariest I've ever seen, (no jump scares that I can recall). The beautiful thing is that it's NOT a horror movie but the direction and cinematography borrow, and invent completely and brilliantly new, horror-esque tools that rendered me halfway between awe and nervous laughter. It may seem weird, but thematically, visually, and aurally, I find myself thinking of this as the Asian No Country for Old Men. The 6.3 rating shocks me. I suspect some poor reviews are from americanized moviegoers and/or those who need constant action to maintain attention. This is not an insult to them. Everyine has their opinion. If you are such a person, you won't like it as much as I did. The movie is very... Korean. Slow, quiet, odd ending, graphic and sudden violence, strange dialogue, idiosyncratic... Korean.
If it gives a sense of who would give this a 10/10, some other movies that I love, in no particular order, are:
NCFOM, Blue Ruin, Enter the Void, Apocalypse Now, The Wailing, Rubber (yes, I know), You Were Never Really Here, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Invitation, Pi, Blue Velvet, The Shining