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Repulsion (1965)
The film wouldn't be the same if it was colored
22 January 2014
Obscure, disturbing, intense, Repulsion is perhaps Polanski's masterpiece. Carol is a lonely girl who works as a manicurist and interacts awkwardly with men. After her sister's departure on vacation with her boyfriend Michael, she stops working and starts hallucinating. She practically sleepwalks through her days. She resembles Raskolnikov, from Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, a little.

From the beginning, the film shows how repelled by men Carol is. She can't stand her toothbrush next to Michael's. Also, there is that scene where she and her colleague are laughing about the Chaplin film and when her colleague mentions her boyfriend Roger, Carol immediately stops laughing and gets serious. Not to mention her attitude towards Colin.

The scene with the tricot and the other where Carol irons clothes show how she fantasizes about being a wife. Carol has bad dreams of men raping her and hallucinates with arms coming out of the walls touching her. These experiences satisfy her repressed sexual desires and, at the same time, they are pictured as tenebrous nightmares, fact which corroborates with her repulsion towards sex.

In the photo scene, she stares at the nowhere and not at the man who presumably is her father. I believe Polanski wanted this issue to remain open. Therefore, Carol being raped by her father in her childhood is a possible explanation to her repulsion towards men/sex.

Catherine Deneuve plays her part with perfection. She's lovely as the awkward, innocent girl in the beginning and astonishing as the hallucinated girl. The soundtrack is terrific. It's replete with sounds of shattering glass, walls cracking and clocks ticking to portray a schizophrenic event. Gilbert Taylor's beautiful black and white photograpy increases the viewer's sensation of loneliness and apathy felt by the protagonist.

Repulsion's influence over Aronofsky's Pi is very clear. The second of Polanski's Apartment trilogy is indeed underrated. 9/10.
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Suspiria (1977)
Stunning images, remarkable scenes, strange plot.
29 December 2013
One thing about surreal films is that they have the right to not make sense. The obscure has always caught man's attention. What remains unexplained interests us. One can criticize Suspiria's plot, but he must have in mind that the film has a passport to be this way.

Suspiria is one of the most gorgeous films I've ever seen. It has stunning images accompanied by a ravishing soundtrack. It is indeed a spectacle for the eyes.

I've felt that Suspiria was greatly influenced by Louis Malle's Black Moon. An innocent girl in a mysterious place with strange people and events in the surroundings. Even the way the characters sound are similar: a strange accent desynchronized with the mouth movements. Also, the Old Lady played by Therese Giehse reminds Miss Tanner in certain aspects. I have also felt that Suspiria had a great deal of influence on Kubrick's The Shining.

A strange fact occurred to me when I watched Suspiria. Shortly after the scene in which a bat flies into the room and attacks Suzy, a bat entered the room in which I was watching the film, flew around for a few seconds and then left through the window. The film suddenly became far more interesting to me after that.
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Into the Wild (2007)
Entertaining, well made, has its insights but it's not ideologically consistent.
26 December 2013
Warning: Spoilers
The film tells a story of a young man who's unhappy with his life. Society, consumism, family, hypocrisy. He 's tired of all the stuff he has to bear living in society. He decides to run away. He packs what's enough for him to survive and he walks. He walks, leaving everything behind, without looking back.

The beautiful photograpy and interesting storytelling, which is based on Alex's sister perspective, welcomes you to run from everything along with him. You catch yourself in the wild with Alex, leading a life in solitude, meeting all sorts of people and beautiful places. You now take a look around your life and see excess, work, fear, hypocrisy, emptiness, things, things, things. Alex teaches us that happiness lies on the simple things. You now catch yourself thinking that you would never have the nerve to drop everything and get immersed in the wild life. Towards the end, Alex realizes that happiness is only real when it's shared. So we have an open question.

The truth is: happiness is where the thought is not. They're unable to coexist. You have to be free from the addiction of thought in order to be happy. That's freedom. Wild animals don't seem to get depressed. Since the neighbour's garden is always greener, Alex must have had felt really happy at first. It wouldn't last, though. And why's that? Your ego, that is, your network of thoughts, tells you that if every adventure you have, every beautiful view you look at, every ingenious move you make to survive won't seem to be worth it if you don't let people know you did them.

Life in society is no good. All right. But what other option do we have? It seems to me that Alex found happiness and then turned up to be wrong. It does not provide you any answer. It's just about this guy who's having an adventure, in his search for happiness. It makes you question everything in your life: your relationships, work, beliefs and then leave you in a void, all by yourself, without any consistent answer.

As for the film itself, it's really entertaining, it has good performances, the characters are very likable and it has a wonderful photography. Its narrative technique is brilliant, because it is told by Alex's sister. She's been through a lot of family problems along with Alex and she understands his choice of running away. So it helps the viewer to forgive Alex for his selfish choice, welcoming you to travel along with him.

Anyway, without any rankings or ratings, I would recommend it.
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