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Hostel: Part III – Too much of the old “switcheroo” (Netflix Streaming)

The Hostel series has been a lot of things: gory, over-the-top, even raunchy, but I never thought it would be boring. Except that’s exactly how Hostel: Part III left me: bored, apathetic, and unabsorbed.

Netflix Streaming: “The Awakening,” 2011 (dir. by Nick Murphy)

Unfortunately, The Awakening is nothing more than a beautifully shot film with a subpar storyline. There is nothing inherently scary and the jump scares are entirely too predictable. The Awakening comes fully equipped with claustrophobic shots marked by obscured framing that emphasizes the elusiveness and mystery surrounding Florence’s past.

“Under the Skin,” 2013 (Dir. by Jonathan Glazer)

This is the first of Jonathan Glazer’s that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. But after viewing the compelling and powerful Under the Skin, I will definitely be revisiting his other two features. In fact, I went to the DVD rental place down the street, and they had a copy of Birth for only $3.00. Hopefully I’ll be able to watch that and get a review out soon.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” 2014 (Dir. by Wes Anderson)

Wes Anderson’s continual and much lauded use of artifice and perfectionistic style is not amiss in his latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. I have to admit that Anderson’s whimsical artifice often irritates me, but this particular film’s gimmicks are much easier to digest than Anderson’s other recent release, Moonrise Kingdom.

Netflix Streaming: “Only God Forgives,” 2013 (Dir. by Nicolas Winding Refn)

Director, Nicolas Winding Refn, has received a lot of backlash for Only God Forgives – some deserved, some not so much. After the beloved Drive with Ryan Gosling as the ever-stoic bad boy, it seems that audiences were expecting a sequel or rehash of similar themes with Winding Refn’s most recent release. However this isn’t what we get with Only God Forgives, Gosling may be just as reticent as in Drive, but aside from that and the violence, the similarities end.