7 Reasons Why “Inland Empire” Is the Best Surrealist Film of the 21st Century (So Far)

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”The eyes must reflect what is not“ – André Breton Surrealism is the 20th century avant-garde movement that started in the 1920s, emerging from the dadaist movement. It influenced visual arts, literature, popular culture, and film. André Breton, the leader of the movement and one of its co-founders, said: “I believe in the future resolution […]

7 Reasons Why “The Counselor” Is A Great Movie That Is Completely Misunderstood

“The Counselor” is a 2013 film directed by acclaimed director Ridley Scott. The script is written by Cormac McCarthy, the author of novels “Blood Meridian”, “The Road” and “No Country for Old Men”, among others. The latter two were successfully transposed into films. McCarthy’s singular style and unique voice are vividly present in this film […]

7 Reasons Why “In the Mood for Love” Is The Best Romantic Film of the 21st Century (So Far)

In his review of “2046”, a Wong Kar-wai movie that is practically a sequel to “In the Mood for Love”, Roger Ebert wrote: “It is always too early or too late for love in a Wong Kar-wai film, and his characters spend their days in yearnings and regrets.” This may be a starting point to […]

7 Reasons Why “Melancholia” is the Most Captivating Film of The 2010s (So Far)


Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” is a part of the so-called Depression Trilogy, along with “Nymphomaniac” and “Antichrist”. Another term for the trilogy could be the Despair Trilogy, since various mental illnesses and disorders are depicted in these films. All of them are tied together by the phenomenon of despair, and a sense of hopelessness and […]

7 Reasons Why “The Tree of Life” Is the Most Visually Stunning Film of the 21st Century (So Far)

Terrence Malick’s ambition in “The Tree of Life” to capture life itself in all its magnificence and  grandeur is comparable to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Special effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull worked on both Malick’s film and Kubrick’s epic journey. Malick’s collaboration with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki resulted in a film that stands out as […]

7 Reasons Why “The Great Beauty” Is A Tour de Force Of European Cinema


Extravagant. Tragic. Beautiful. These are the words that can describe Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty”, a movie that won him an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of 2014. Sorrentino’s work is compared to Federico Fellini’s; this movie is thematically similar to “8½”, and with its vivid colours and circus-like imagery, it surely reminds viewers […]