ROCKY: A Different Approach to the American Dream

Rocky franchise dominates the boxing genre not only by its greatest number of films but also by its unforgettable characters, unique film scores, and the heartfelt theme of never giving up the fight. Rocky (1976) was nominated for ten OscarsTM winning three of them in 1977: Best Picture, Best Film Editing, and Best Director. The … Continue reading ROCKY: A Different Approach to the American Dream

How PHANTOM THREAD Romantically Portrays a Toxic Relationship

‘Reynolds has made my dreams come true. And I’ve given him what he desires most in return.’ ‘And what’s that?’ ‘Every piece of me.’ Phantom Thread (2017), directed and written by Paul Thomas Anderson, has a unique style; creating an atmosphere peaceful and tense while telling a story terrifyingly romantic. The film score largely consists … Continue reading How PHANTOM THREAD Romantically Portrays a Toxic Relationship

A Splendid Oblivion: THE ROADS NOT TAKEN

In the pre-pandemic days of February 2020, The 70th Berlin International Film Festival has greeted us with many beautiful films. One of them, in the Competition category, was Sally Potter’s latest movie The Roads Not Taken, which introduces us to a man suffering from dementia and who has forgotten most of his past, living in … Continue reading A Splendid Oblivion: THE ROADS NOT TAKEN

SHADOW of a DOUBT: The Devil in Disguise

Shadow of a Doubt is a psychological thriller movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock and it’s made in 1943. It’s the director’s favorite one in terms of his own films. That makes it an outstanding movie just from the start. There’s a prosperity of themes in this movie and many ways to read them as a … Continue reading SHADOW of a DOUBT: The Devil in Disguise

DAYS (Rizi): Every Second Adds Up to Create Another Day

Ming-liang Tsai, one of the most eminent Taiwanese directors thanks to whom the Taiwanese cinema language keeps growing and being heard globally, joined the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in the Competition category with his latest movie Days (Rizi) which is, in a way, a visual spectacle that never underestimates the importance of time. A … Continue reading DAYS (Rizi): Every Second Adds Up to Create Another Day

An Insight Into The Apartment Trilogy of Roman Polanski – Part 3: THE TENANT

***This review contains spoilers about the whole movie. It’s advised not to read before watching.*** As we reach the last part of Polanski’s Trilogy, everything starts to become more realistic, more brutal and at the same time subtler and more personal. All these three movies in the trilogy represent loneliness, feelings of dirtiness and otherness … Continue reading An Insight Into The Apartment Trilogy of Roman Polanski – Part 3: THE TENANT

Our very own Interview with Lorcan Finnegan, director of VIVARIUM

As Dial M for Movie, we had the chance to interview through mail Mr. Finnegan on his newest movie Vivarium, and we dare to think that we are truly blessed! The interview is full of new insight on the shooting process of the film as well as its conceptualization, and we got very excited when … Continue reading Our very own Interview with Lorcan Finnegan, director of VIVARIUM

An Insight into the Apartment Trilogy of Roman Polanski – Part 2: ROSEMARY’S BABY

There are movies which you have always heard of yet never managed to see; maybe because of its being so popular, maybe just because you heard about it so much that you always feel like you’ve already seen it thus you don’t have to watch it at all. Rosemary’s Baby was a movie like this … Continue reading An Insight into the Apartment Trilogy of Roman Polanski – Part 2: ROSEMARY’S BABY

An Insight into the Apartment Trilogy of Roman Polanski – Part 1: REPULSION

The apartment trilogy consists of three movies made by Roman Polanski, whom we know well from movies such as The Pianist (2002) and Chinatown (1974). This Apartment Trilogy holds a great autobiographical importance for Polanski since all these apartments in the movies reflect the inner worlds of its characters.  These three movies are respectively Repulsion … Continue reading An Insight into the Apartment Trilogy of Roman Polanski – Part 1: REPULSION

How LIVES of OTHERS is Breaking the Fourth Wall; and the Dilemma Between Duty and Being a Good Man

Lives of Others - Das Leben Der Anderen (2006) is based on one of the fundamental tricks of storytelling in dramatic structure: dramatic irony. Dramatic irony means that the audience knows something the characters don’t know; in this film the audience knows that the characters are under surveillance. There is a very sweet Brechtian element … Continue reading How LIVES of OTHERS is Breaking the Fourth Wall; and the Dilemma Between Duty and Being a Good Man