Re-Watch: Candyman (1992)

Candyman
Director: Bernard Rose
Writer: Bernard Rose
Based on: Clive Barker‘s story The Forbidden
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard. Plus, my first review.]

Plot:
Helen (Virginia Madsen) wants to write a thesis about urban legends. Among them, the legend of the Candyman: if you say his name five times into the mirror, he will come through it and kill you. Her research takes Helen to a run down apartment complex that have been haunted by a series of murders. Bit by bit Helen comes to believe that the Candyman actually exists.

I already liked Candyman when I saw it the first time, but I think I liked it even better the second time around and I loved getting to see it on a big screen.

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Stoker (2013)

Stoker
Director: Chan-wook Park
Writer: Wentworth Miller, Erin Cressida Wilson
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole KidmanJacki WeaverDermot Mulroney, Alden Ehrenreich, Harmony Korine

Plot:
India (Mia Wasikowska) just lost her father Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a car accident. But on the day of his funeral, her uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) appears. India didn’t know he existed and her mother Evie (Nicole Kidman) barely knew it herself. Charlie stays and slowly gets closer to India, who is initially abrasive. But he does seem to have his own agenda.

I expected grand things of Stoker. And despite my high expectations, I was completely blown away by how good the film actually is. It’s tense, it’s beautiful and it has an amazing cast. Hats off to everybody.

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Tanzperspektiven (Dance Perspectives)

Tanzperspektiven is a current contemporary ballet production at the Vienna Opera where they show four half-hour pieces choreographed by four different people.

A Million Kisses to my Skin (music by Johann Sebastian Bach, choreography by David Dawson)
Dancers: Olga Esina, Vladimir Shishov, Nina Poláková, Denys Cherevychko, Liudmila Konovalova, Davide Dato, Maria Yakovleva, Natalie Kusch, Kiyoka Hashimoto

Eventide (music by Jan Garbarek, Philip Glass, choreography by Helen Pickett)
Dancers: Rafaella Sant’Anna, Ketevan Papava, Nina Poláková, Irina Tsymbal, Robert Gabdullin, Roman Lazik, András Lukács, Eno Peci

Vers un Pays Sage (music by John Adams, choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot)
Dancers: Olga Esina, Irina Tsymbal, Ketevan Papava, Roman Lazik,Denys Cherevychko, Andrey Kaydanovskiy

Windspiele (music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, choreography by Patrick de Bana)
Dancers: Masayu Kimoto, Erika Kovácová, Rafaella Sant’Anna, Zsolt Török, Attila Bakó, Marian Furnica, Tristan Ridel, Géraud Wielick

I got a free ticket for this show which was pretty cool. (Free tickets usually are, especially if it’s for stuff I actually like, like dancing.) Unfortunately, it was for a seat with limited view and I saw only half the stage (at best). But the half of the show I saw was really amazing.

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Candyman (1992)

Candyman
Director: Bernard Rose
Writer: Bernard Rose
Based on: Clive Barker‘s story The Forbidden
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams

Plot:
Helen (Virginia Madsen) wants to write a thesis about urban legends. Among them, the legend of the Candyman: if you say his name five times into the mirror, he will come through it and kill you. Her research takes Helen to a run down apartment complex that have been haunted by a series of murders. Bit by bit Helen comes to believe that the Candyman actually exists.

This movie was surprisingly not awful. I mean, it was pretty cheesy and the ending could have been better, but it was tense and it had the most excellent score by Philip Glass. I was caught up in it.

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