[Side note: Sigh. First off, I’m not a Harmony Korine fan. I have only seen Kids and Gummo, but I didn’t enjoy either of them. With that being said, I can safely say this is visually, his best film. The editing, the music, and the visuals help you forget about the real lack of story or depth. The acting is poor. James Franco and Selena Gomez carry the film, and by carry I mean they keep the attention away from the awful acting everyone else is doing. [Sorry Vanessa.] Franco’s Alien character is the only truly enjoyable part of the movie. In the movie he says he has a heart of gold, and by the end of the movie you end up believing it. [And his “look at my shit” speech is fantastic.] The constant dread the film makes you feel throughout, [like who is going to get raped/killed first?!] is a lie because when the credits start rolling you then realize there were no real consequences for the girls. And at that point you also realize that nothing too important happened. The characters didn’t learn anything and neither did the audience. It was pretty pointless. Basically it was just a long neon filled music video about how ‘fucked up’ young people are or can be if they lived in a world with no real consequences. I guess. I think. I don’t know. It was probably better with the sound off.
[Side note #2: The best part of the movie came as I was leaving the theater and I overheard this girl say: “I though it was gonna be more like Hangover.” Oh, people. You are a delight.]
[Side note: Chan-wook Park is an amazing director. The cinematography in this movie is fantastic. So is the editing. Every shot feels like he spent weeks thinking about it. With that being said, this is your “usual” fucked-up-storyline-kinda-movie [Park’s favorite kind] that features some murder and some almost incest. It has a Halloween IV kind of vibe going if that makes any sense to you. I enjoyed it.]
[Side note: Mila Kunis is pretty for the first half, ugly for the second. Throw in a couple Raimi-style-witch-screaming-at-a-dutch-angle-shots and there you have it. Oh and sooo much CG. Felt like a Burton movie at times. At any moment I though Helena Bonham Carter was gonna pop up. The end. Hey, at least there wasn’t any singing.]
Yep. 2011. So when I started working on my Top Ten Films of 2012 list, I realized I haven’t posted a top ten films of the year list in a few years. So I decided I would post my 2011 list first so here it is. Enjoy!