I'm assuming Toho executives watched a bunch of Hammer Film Productions and thought a vampire film would be a good idea for a quick cash grab. As this movie is heavily western-influenced, there's a lack of identity as well as anything remotely interesting. Nothing in The Vampire Doll is distinctively Eastern inspired besides the Japanese mannerisms of it's overly serious characters. The movie fails to entertain as a horror flick, it's more like a dull deadbeat tragedy and brings nothing new to the genre. Performances lack any charisma besides the protagonist screaming at the movie's unoriginal titular character.
The Boxer’s Omen needs to be experienced to be believed. The opening scene perfectly sets up the film's transgressive tone, with one particular shot serving as a literal shock to the senses. The blend of Hong Kong cinema and surreal mythology is a fascinating mix. Unexplainable events become increasingly bizarre as Fei Kao is thrown into the world of black magic, buddhism and demons existing in cosmic realms. The detailed set designs are a sight to behold, not to mention…
"Wild at Heart takes the anatomy of a road movie and subverts it with Lynchian sensibilities."
A crime thriller combining comedy, mystery and eerie surreal imagery in typical David Lynch fashion. Definitely one of his more conventional works but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the film.
The score by Angelo Badalamenti for me is one of the best aspects of the film, immediately setting the hyper tone from the opening scene with an electric guitar piece.
Bong Joon-ho’s most entertaining film to date, blending family drama with dark comedy. As the momentum picks up for the third act it becomes a heart pounding thriller with high stakes. The film also works as an intricate social commentary piece, exploring the harmony and divide between the low and high social classes in South Korean society through paralleling both families. Bong Joon-ho does a great job in creating an ambitious allegory depicting various social pressures without blaming a particular…