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”

I Am Who I Am! – Identity Fragmentation in “Perfect Blue”

Satoshi Kon is arguably, alongside Hayao Miyazaki, the most important Japanese director of animated films. Perfect Blue is his first film and this directorial debut can be compared to David Lynch’s Eraserhead due to sheer boldness and far-reaching artistic vision. The film begins with a show staged for children featuring a Japanese version of Power … Continue reading I Am Who I Am! – Identity Fragmentation in “Perfect Blue”

In Wong Kar-wai’s Words: Film Genre As A Uniform

I never had a problem with genre because a genre actually is like a uniform - you put yourself into a certain uniform. But if you dress up in a police officer's uniform, it doesn't mean that you are an officer; it can mean something else. But this is the starting point, and the best … Continue reading In Wong Kar-wai’s Words: Film Genre As A Uniform

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”