Sorrentino draws a beautiful line between inspiration and imitation

“La Grande Bellezza / The Great Beauty” returned my faith in Italian cinema precisely because it addresses the problem of superficiality in Italian culture, art and politics for the last several years. Creating something of your own and being careful not to simply reproduce a cinematic masterpiece can be quite tricky. The film is clearly an homage to Fellini’s famous La Dolce Vita, yet strikingly … Continue reading Sorrentino draws a beautiful line between inspiration and imitation

Culture and society shape our human inclinations but cannot change them

“Swept away” makes you think whether this is what everyone secretly dreams about. “Swept away” shows that when your world changes or becomes smaller, choices become limited, perceptions change, and power and control shift as you lose the societal bearings which have guided you your whole life. The film shows that behind the stage of society, people are ruled by natural instincts and their need … Continue reading Culture and society shape our human inclinations but cannot change them

Fall in love with Wong Kar-Wai

“I cried not because the movie was sad, but because I’m just so happy to love a movie this much” – Quentin Tarantino “Chungking Express” is yet another one of Wong Kar-Wai’s fantastic films. This is a big statement for me but I will make it: He is my favorite director. His films are stylistic and colorful. The music is unforgettable and inseparable from his … Continue reading Fall in love with Wong Kar-Wai

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Is love a deliberate choice? The famous expression from which the film gets its title – “between the devil and the deep blue sea” – implies a difficult position or, otherwise stated, the absence of a good alternative.In the film, it implies the position a woman can find herself in when consumed with love. Or, the position of the man when he cannot return the … Continue reading Between the devil and the deep blue sea