Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Artwork for Stoker, to be released next spring by Fox Searchlight, comes from director Park Chan-wook, the acclaimed South Korean filmmaker making his English-language debut.  He directed the original Oldboy, set to be remade by Spike Lee.  The thriller stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, who play Uncle Charlie, in an obvious tip of the hat to Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt.

Looks pure genre, but in the best possible sense-- in the sense, that on first glimpse, I'm sure many will hate it without question.  Kidman, the grandest, starriest auteurial vehicle the cinema has at this point, surely looks like she's having a grand old time, biting and relishing every bit-- at least from what the trailer provides.  She, unquestionably, has little problem delving into risky projects with filmmakers, both acclaimed and newly instated-- Birth, Dogville, Rabbit Hole, Moulin Rouge!, The Others and The Paperboy have all done her well.

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