Stoker (2013)

Directed by: Chan-Wook Park

Written by: Wentworth Miller

Featuring: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode

Stoker is, quite possibly, my favorite film of 2013.

Okay, I know this is a bit early in the year to make such a claim, but the fact that I'm willing to bet nothing will surpass it – except maybe for Von Trier's Nymphomaniac which is rumored to premiere in Cannes because, you know, Von Trier, plus it sounds like the film is right up my alley – should hint at how much I liked Stoker.

With his first English language film, Chan-Wook Park chose to venture into the sinister territories previously explored with Thirst (2009) by crafting a dark family thriller with just a hint of the supernatural. Despite Park's departure from the stylized ultra-violence of his famous revenge trilogy – Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003) and Lady Vengeance (2005) – fans will be happy to discover a newer, more mature
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