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

For this essay, I chose the title “What makes us human?”, stereotypical for writing about science-fiction films for instance Blade Runner, although I believe that Ridley Scott’s film does not deal with that particular question, but this is a topic for another essay. Be it as it may, Dark City does deal with this question, … Continue reading What Makes us Human? – the Enigma of “Dark City”

Sins of the Father in the Melancholic Triumph “Manchester by the Sea”

A cynic would say that a razor blade should distributed alongside the DVD version of Manchester By The Sea, just like one music critic suggested regarding Leonard Cohen’s album Songs of Love and Hate. In that kind of reasoning there is a misunderstanding of the power of the melancholic experience when it is shown in … Continue reading Sins of the Father in the Melancholic Triumph “Manchester by the Sea”

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Like Father, Like Son”: Nature or Nurture?

Hirokazu Koreeda's Like Father, Like Son explores the meaning of the proverb in the film's title and whether it can be the justification and the solution to the tragic choice characters in the film are forced to make. Ryota is a workaholic and a successful businessman, hardly spending time with his family; his wife tells him … Continue reading Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Like Father, Like Son”: Nature or Nurture?

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”