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

THE PIANO: Piano as The Object of Desire

Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993) leaves me with an outburst of emotions every time I watch it. It flows poetically, with its vigorous but sentimental music, dark but dreamlike atmosphere and silent but extremely loud main character Ada (Holly Hunter). Ada’s muteness makes her all the louder, as the characters around her grow desperate to … Continue reading THE PIANO: Piano as The Object of Desire

THE STORY of SIN: Surrealist, Sex-less Eroticism in Borowczyk’s Universe

Does the word eroticism embody everything that connects with sex? The surrealist, Boro-esque conception of eroticism prohibits everything that you think is related to sexuality. Therefore, in the history of cinema, erotic expressions are found in some objects. For example the vagina-shaped door; although some images are not understood at first sight, afterwards you may … Continue reading THE STORY of SIN: Surrealist, Sex-less Eroticism in Borowczyk’s Universe

GODZILLA: King of The Monsters

Thanks to Warner Bros Türkiye, we had the chance to attend to the press screening of this monster-of-a-movie: Godzilla: King of The Monsters. Rest assured, we don’t have any intention to give any spoilers at all.  As a franchise, Godzilla is a 65-year-old monster and even though he has been portrayed in Hollywood only three times, … Continue reading GODZILLA: King of The Monsters

NOVEMBER: Something Wicked and Enchanting from Estonia

Thanks to Eureka Entertainment and their new label Montage Pictures, we are now aware of the existence of November (2017), a beautiful, captivating and bewitching B&W movie from Estonian director Rainer Sarnet, adapted to the big screen from the novel Rehepapp ehk November (2000), written by Andrus Kivirähk. The key roles are distributed among Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi, Katariina Unt, Taavi … Continue reading NOVEMBER: Something Wicked and Enchanting from Estonia

Interview: Sébastien Marnier

We were very very fortunate to be able to make an interview by mail with Mr. Sébastien Marnier, the director of School's Out (L'Heure de la Sortie) that hit the cinemas accross Europe in 2019, also shown of course in the USA and several other countries in the world. We have watched L'Heure de la … Continue reading Interview: Sébastien Marnier

Thoughts on The Avengers: ENDGAME

So, the wait is over. A personal note, though: I’ve watched this movie in a theater full of three year olds who kept applauding every time a new superhero appeared on the big screen. The result? I’m hurt, very hurt, realizing I don’t have a super power for times like these. Anyway, I should watch … Continue reading Thoughts on The Avengers: ENDGAME

Onibaba: Like the wind in the fields of Aaru

The word Aaru, in the Egyptian mythology, means “reed” and the “Fields of Reed” are a heavenly paradise where Osiris rules. The same fields of reed, however, depicted as a dominant habitat in Onibaba, describe a hell bound, abominable place in the middle of a civil war. This Shindô-like contrast aside, let’s try to look further … Continue reading Onibaba: Like the wind in the fields of Aaru

PETERLOO

A symphony of expressions Mike Leigh, to me one of the biggest directors of our time, added another opus to his filmography: Peterloo, a big production period drama focusing on the tragic events that took place in Manchester in 1819. The movie premiered April the 5th here in Turkey, as part of the 38th Istanbul … Continue reading PETERLOO