Altered States!

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It’s a film released in 1980 and directed by Ken Russell. William Hurt has performed very well in the lead role. The screenplay has been written by Paddy Chayefsky who is also the author of the original novel. The experiments reminded me of Timothy Leary and one of the dialogues did mention him as well.

This film must have taken a good deal of research to make and it’s certainly inspired by Leary’s experiments in my humble experience. The sequences in the experiments are stunning and they reminded me of Kubrick’s Stargate sequence.This film is good entertainment and it’s not as much of a horror film as an adventurous science fictional take on altered states of consciousness, spirituality, hallucinatory drugs, shamanic rituals and human consciousness. I highly recommend it to all mystery lovers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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This film has the shortest title ever! It portrays a case in a country(Greece, but never openly admitted to be so in the film) where a political activist is put to death by powers with help of military and police. The justice procedural is brilliant and fun to watch. The film starts off with very rapidly moving scenes and it’s slightly difficult for audience  to relate in the beginning but soon enough plot becomes clear and the film turns out to be an intriguing thriller with a wonderful investigation which partially leads to justice. The soundtrack is lovely and performances by actors are very convincing. It received great critical acclaim and I feel it’s justified.

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Equus(1977)

Equus is a very graphic film. It has a rare story. The writer Peter Shaffer came across a news while travelling english countryside where a stable boy had blinded six horses. He made a play out of it. This play was later adapted into a screenplay by him and Sidney Lumet directed a gripping horror mystery which keeps haunting you even long after you have finished watching it.

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A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin!

A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it?

Lucio Fulci’s film is very Lynchian and yet it was made when David Lynch had not even learnt the transcendental meditation. The couple of dream sequences are captivating and almost surreal. The beauty with which symbolism has been embedded in them is astonishing. They striked me because I had not seen anything as beautifully filmed in a 70s film before. Then comes the chase scene which is breathtaking. It’s a fairly long scene but it hooks the audience well to the screen for its entire duration.

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Mirage(1965)

Mirage is a mystery film starring Gregory Pack and beautiful Diane Baker. The film’s action, twists and mystery is certainly not at par with best mysteries of the present day but it keeps you hooked for the first two third part. I could easily guess about the twists but kept watching till end. I feel the memory has always played the most mysterious agent in mystery films and Memento along with a few other classic mysteries are based on fallibility of human memory. I also think it was kind of trendy in that decade to use psychosomatic disorders to make intriguing thrillers!

The performances are good enough: there are only a few characters and story is pretty straightforward when looked back in the end. A person has lost all his memory of last two years and his amnesia comes at a time when many dangerous people are chasing him. He takes help from a professional detective but this detective along with his other associates are killed one by one and he keeps running from place to place. The film is in black and white so you can also watch it for nostalgia. Things are quite simple in it and you can also see how New York used to look in 1960s. I give this film 7 out of 10 as a mystery.

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Press It: Loved Reading These!

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Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved in the past week, and tell us why they’re worth reading.

I have read a lot of blog posts in last week, but it is easiest to remember the ones you read recently so following three make my favorites list:

Daily Feline Prompt: Meow It!

An excerpt:

“I am still organising the statutes for the CCC (Creative Cat Club), although it seems that the Italian felines are now moving in which is not so good.”

“Do you have problems with Italian cats Tabby?”

“Not really, but Al Cattone is the leader and is boss of the Italian catafia. He says we must pay him protection tuna fish, otherwise he will set his gang on to us and infect our pawpads with a canine virus.”

“That does not sound so good Tabby.”

Why you would love reading it?

The author has a knack for converting every prompt into feline-verse with great humor. I have not read much fiction in my life but whatever I have read has made me feel that Carroll Lewis’ Alice in The Wonderland and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes From The Underground are the best forms for me. The Cat Chronicles belong to a class of a great Wonderland where you are inside the head of cheeky and carefree Tabby and her feline friends. I love reading posts on this blog and I feel if an anthology of stories is created out of all posts from this blog–I will never get bored of reading them because this is the type of fiction I love the most. To say this I must have read more fiction to compare it with other but sadly I haven’t and yet it appeals to me a great deal. Humor, fantasy and dissolving boundaries.

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Love

An excerpt:

The romance of travel can be highly over-rated. Having been traveling for years, it is not uncommon to find that you have left everyone behind, in the dust, as it were. When you visit home, you learn that the life you once knew has morphed, for you this happened seemingly overnight, for people there, over the years, into a place place unknown, and, worse, unfelt. Sure, you can find threads of yourself here and there in the warp and weave of the old streets and cafes, but your ghost has mostly been replaced by newer, more vibrant ones. For you, “there is no there there”, to quote Gertrude Stein.

Why you would love reading it?

Joanne is a traveller. She has not only travelled in the physical but also in the spiritual, in mind. As soon as I started reading this post I fell in love with it. I felt, as if, she was giving a voice to my feelings: only with an eloquence I might never have, had I tried. I am not a traveller, yet, in my early boyhood days I had a great yearning to go back to the roots: to those villages where I had spent a great amount of my infancy and early boyhood. When I went back to those places they were not to be found. They had disappeared–all that remained was their memories–haunting and nostalgic. But the places I had before my eyes were so different from what I had in my memory and imagination. I hope you would relate to this post and enjoy reading it as I did!

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The Blue Elephant!

It’s a 2014 egyptian psychological mystery film. It has a dazzling array of dream and trance sequences. The performances and cinematography are top-notch. The script in itself is not very original but the right amount of twists and great character development keep you hooked till the end.

There is a psychiatrist who is a drunkard and has been out of medical practice for five years on excuse of doing research. He lost his family in a car accident and doesn’t want to work. Circumstances force him to work on a case in which patient is his old friend. As he starts investigating the case many things which were buried deep inside him and inside the patient start surfacing. Then comes into play The Blue Elephant. The line between reality and fantasy start getting blurred afterwards for the doctor and he finds himself in darkness. What happens afterwards? You should watch this film to find out. If you like mystery and psychological thrillers, this film is for you.

Movie Recommendations From The Last Week!

As I was not able to access internet for many days last week, I could not roam around in the blogosphere and I watched many films. Some of them were excellent and others not so good. I would like to recommend some of them, though I have included a brief summary of the impressions all of them made on me.

Paper House(1988)

Is a visually stunning masterpiece portraying mind of a young girl. It’s a strange mix of fantasy and horror.The film has a beautiful score by Hans Zimmer and the cinematography is superb. The film is fresh and very original in its depiction of dreams and subconscious fears the girl has.

A girl draws some strange house and then she visits it. In time, the demarcation between her dreams and reality starts getting blurred and some strange paranormal activities start happening in her life. Later on, after much mayhem and disturbance everything starts falling in place and a beautiful love story also develops. Some of the scene are ethereal, some others surreal and entire film is exquisite and visually stunning! Continue reading “Movie Recommendations From The Last Week!”