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Wolf's Rain (2003)
Incredibly philosophical, a true gem.
This is one of those series that gets made only once. It's a perfect depiction of the human condition and the soul. Especially the soul. Unforgettable series.
"There is no such place as Paradise. Even if you search to the ends of the Earth, there's nothing at all. No matter how far you walk, it's just the same road, it just goes on and on. But in spite of that...Why am I so driven to find it?"
You can't help but give it a 10!
This anime (animated series) has a legacy of its own. It became part a generation's childhood , with the series and with the deck cards and video games. It's a 10 for a legendary anime.
The most curious thing about this movie is the reaction one has after it ends. I immediately despised the cult and thought their ideology was sick and against human values. Then after it ended I started to accept it in a bizarre way, as if they truly lived in another reality (well it's a movie but you get the point) and in their reality this was normal and acceptable. That was the scary part. It went from being an horror to a documentary into the lives of these people. The main character, Dani, slowly slipped into this new distorted version of reality. What made it easier for her was her troubled psyche , she was already lost in many ways and the village was ready to recruit her. They present themselves as her new family and that she now has a place where she belongs and is loved, many new sisters , a new boyfriend etc. It is evil but it slowly becomes acceptable because everyone around her simply accepts it as normal. There is this cult yet the idea can be applied to many other groups. Once an idea becomes acceptable by the majority then it is considered normal , but being normal doesn't mean being righteous.
I also loved the psychological vulnerability of Dani, the girl was trapped, the vain and selfish personality of Christian but selfish(spoilt doesn't equal evil (Pelle). Many hated Christian way more than Pelle , which is very interesting . But if you empathise with the village or at least start viewing their practices as a norm then Pelle is definitely better than Christian.
The movie heavily played on the psychological realm and that beautiful monologue by Pelle with "do you fell at home" resonated with the audience, and it's how cults work. Giving a false sense of belonging yet the lives of the members have no real value to them. It's a psychedelic illusion, a drug that keeps the members enslaved.
Edit : also loved the exercise in empathy shown by the cult when they "shared" the pain of others but again that is fake empathy.
The main character uses scent to connect with the world. He is an outcast , someone who can't form connections with people or animals or nature, but only perfumes. The character, since the day he was born, was unwanted (born in a poor village and nearly killed by his mother) and a monster (even by his own admission) a creature dressed in human skin. The story has magic realism notes, so keep that in mind.
Throughout the story the character becomes obsessed with creating such a perfect perfume , so perfect that people will adore him and in that adoration(the closest thing he has to feeling something) he can find his place. But it doesn't work, his final product brings out the carnal desire of people, and he in turn finally accepts his condition. He goes back to the place where he was born and lets himself get consumed by people through his own creation(in the end even his own creation was evil). The movie ends in a circle , perfectly poetic.
Gossip Girl (2021)
How to ruin your career
stupid writing , bad acting , bad cinematography.
It feels like someone tried to imagine what the new generation is like and they took all the stereotypes and jokes online and said "wooooo u know what? This makes sense" Well NO it doesn't.
EDIT: I'm GenZ and let me tell you, this isn't popular among us. It has nothing to do with generation really, good writing is good writing. So stop using this excuse to justify this waste of money.
Where does evil come from? Why do societies turn to extremes to the point they end up losing their humanity? The movie is set before the rise of Nazism and it shows how the seed of evil is planted, how innocent children start to view the world with their parent's eyes and how the circle repeats itself. A rotten society that gave birth to one of the most evil regimes in modern history. This can be applied to any society,violence, lack of education, poverty, lack of compassion and narcissism as a self preserving mechanism is a dangerous mix that poisons its own children and it all repeats itself again and again.
A true masterpiece.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
I came here expecting a masterpiece but it's just the descending into a psychosis of the characters. I loved the angst, desperation, solitude and the search of an illusory "happiness" given by drugs, tv and any addiction in general.
What I deeply disliked was the incompetence of the doctors portrayed in the movie but maybe this is the infamous US system that truly needs some major improvement.
Excellent performance!!! How beautiful and fragile Jared Leto character was. A lost boy in a merciless reality.
Game of Thrones (2011)
stop after season 6
Im being nice here, i'd stop after season 4.
Great potential but not great writers. GRRM hasn't finished the books so it became difficult to keep up with his creative genius.
Yongseoneun eupda (2010)
Average but solid thriller
If you like surprises, good plot, vengeance, regrets, sorrow then this is a good movie .
"You killed her twice" You've to watch the movie to understand it.