Monday, December 12, 2016

Painted Skin

Today, we watched Painted Skin, which also, very sadly, is King Hu's last film. Also, sadly, this is honestly not his best film. It has an awesome premise but the execution seems to be lacking, especially during the second half of the film. But, to his merit, at least he was experimenting outside of his comfort zone. There have been many filmmakers that have done this to differing level of success. For example, can you tell who made this film? This is from Cape Fear, a movie by Martin Scorsese. A man known for his gangster film this was a departure from the norm into psychological thriller. This would not be the last time he experimented in different genres, making movies such as The Aviator and Hugo. Can you tell who made this film? This is from Spy Kids which was directed by Robert Rodriguez, more known for his ultra violent, hyper stylized, action films. This was the first time he departed from that but would dabble in it a few times later in his career. Filmmakers, even though finding strengths in some genres will occasionally experiment with different genres, probably out of the feeling that cornered into a niche group will restrict them from being able to make the movies they want to. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't but one should never be discouraged if it doesn't work the first time, everything deserves practice.

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