What Makes us Human? – the Enigma of “Dark City”

The film is set in a city where there is no sun, it is shrouded in eternal darkness. John Murdoch awakes in a bathtub, disoriented, not knowing his own name, or anything about himself. In other words, he is in the same position as the viewer, darkness (lack of cognition) pervades not only the external, … Continue reading What Makes us Human? – the Enigma of “Dark City”

Reliving the Memory: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”

Alfred Hitchock’s desire was to make movies in which dream and reality are indistinguishable. In his Vertigo, he creates a nightmarish world in which Scottie (James Stewart) draws the female progatonist into a surreal ordeal, or it is the other way around; at certain moments we cannot really tell. The film is centered around several … Continue reading Reliving the Memory: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”

Soulless and the Sublime: Terrence Malick’s “Badlands”

[This article has been edited on 11.3.2018] Badlands, Terrence Malick's first film is loosely based on real-life events following the murders a couple had commited in 1958, in the United States.  In 1993 the United States National Film Registry elected Badlands for preservation since they considered the film to be “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant”. The … Continue reading Soulless and the Sublime: Terrence Malick’s “Badlands”

Poetry of Destructive Love in Wong Kar-wai’s “2046”

Wong Kar-wai is not just a movie director, he is a psychologist and a poet dealing with romantic love. His style is so nuanced and brought to perfection that he can be put in the same sentence with the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri; the early poems of the aforementioned poet are not his authentically, … Continue reading Poetry of Destructive Love in Wong Kar-wai’s “2046”