I read all the 27 reviews for this film on IMDb. I feel most of them cover most of what I feel about this film yet I can’t make my mind completely about it. I won’t call it a great film because it clearly has many flaws but it’s a good film nevertheless. It’s good because it scares you. I loved watching The Tenant by Roman Polanski for the first time but its effect faded a bit after repeated viewings because after all it was not as wonderful as I thought it was when I first watched it. I think I’ve watched Repulsion too but can’t recall even a single scene from it. Darling is kind of homage to those films as per many reviewers on IMDb but I beg to differ. I feel certain elements are not fresh at all but film has its own uniqueness too. Strobe images of lead in many limited angles, claustrophobic atmosphere, screeching noises and dull staring into camera are both annoying and scaring at times. The film is scary and you may say it uses confusion, jump-scares, strobe effects to achieve it, yet it succeeds in creating tension. Until halfway through it I considered it to be slow and dull but by the end I thought it was scary in parts and confused in others. Continue reading “Darling(2015)”


Psychonaut in a Public Mystery school

I watched a Youtube video which suggested that Greek mythology called earth Gaia–a living organism. The idea that entire existence including all matter is living consciousness is very near to reality. I found resonance with the idea that earth is actually a vessel of light ascending into the fifth dimension from the viewpoint of all of us who are ascending from third-fourth to the fifth dimension. Treating Gaia as a living spaceship makes us both astronauts and psychonauts. The latter term has been taken from The Tibetan Book of The Dead. I perceived Gaia’s space curvature first in 2012 when under the influence of a substance. It clearly seemed I was in the space on a curved earth. Now as 2016 and dark night of soul started I constantly found solace in the idea of being on a spaceship or in a lab which was a simulation of my previous environments. The idea indeed came from Science-fiction films I had watched before still its resonance was strikingly brilliant and comforting now. People around me, my family members, neighbors, animals, birds and even remote ambulances seemed simulated. They all had an air of unreality about them and they were all extremely fluid and deeply associated with my feelings, thoughts and perceptions. Continue reading “Psychonaut in a Public Mystery school”

Schizopolis (1996)

Steven Soderbergh’s Schizopolis is most absurd satirical  comedy film I’ve ever seen. I absolutely loved watching this film so rest of this piece is going to be an appreciation rather than an unbiased observation about this film. I love absurd cinema. This film is one of my most favorite films–it’s in the league of Inland Empire and True Romance of Lynch and Scott (Tarantino). I love David Lynch’s films. This film was made well before best David Lynch films came out so it’s very original in its own place. Eraserhead of Lynch might be considered an even more absurd film though in a different genre.

This film has an impeccable sense of humor which is very likely to remain insuperable no matter how many more films I watch. The dialogues are work of genius and so is the editing. Dialogues are so witty that they not just bite you in the face but also leave you speechless. Many TV shows and films made after this one must have borrowed much from it.

Steven Soderbergh’s performance is wonderful, but not as wonderful as his direction or his writing. He’s undoubtedly one of the greatest auteurs of all times. Other performers are also good in this film. This film has poignant and symbolic sequences about so many things which matter in life but all with a wink. This film has craziest credits in that it has no beginning or end credits at all. It has no soundtrack and yet it lacks no music. In a way films like these are the reason why I like watching films.

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