Review: After Hours

I don’t usually go with watching comedies – but exceptions are sometimes good – especially if the movies are a bit older than yourself and are coming from big-hit directors. Scorsese’s After Hours is a twist, a dark trip throughout a night in the possessed Manhattan – where everything good might go wrong without any established reason.

After-Hours-poster-2A tale about a computer programmer who finds himself attracted to the luxurious sinful lifestyle that rises from beyond the night’s darkness.

He meets a young – desirable blonde who will make him look for her. Ending up at her place – he will discover a series of puzzling truths that will soon unfold the movie’s entire uniqueness.

Structured as a adventure without a proper final destination – this film is presenting a world of unimaginable strangeness. Nothing is what it seems – what it should be.

A strange series of actions and characters will fill our protagonist’s cup of wanting to know more. He will become involved in bizarre phenomenon – and he will be mistaken for what he is not.

At the end of the night he will surely want to erase/format all these adventurous phrases from his head – as he ends up at work being all worked-up. But he survives – presented as a theme for what you should do with your spare time.Rosanna Arquette

Starring Griffin Dunne and Rosanna Arquette the movie won the Best Director Award at the 1986 edition of the Cannes Film festival.

Dark Art

If I could describe this piece of art while being affiliated to the concepts presented it would sound like a phrase about a nightmare helping the process of vanishing ideas. Inducing fear, opposites to all that is good. It might seem a little scary but it’s all about twisted imagination – which I surely don’t lack of.

This is Nymphetamine Jade.

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Review: A Scanner Darkly

Inspired by the novel written by Philip K. Dick – and directed by Richard Linklater – the movie is crudely metamorphosing the interior battle (which can be considered almost a form of struggle) with the usage of drugs into a fable of lost conscience and temperament.

Substance D – standing for Death – has taken control over the United States.

scanner_darkly_posterA battle to stop the spreading of this dangerous substance involved risking the lives of law officers – who are presented with the usage of D in order to capture those who commercialize it. Keanu Reeves – as Bob Arctor – is an undercover detective who becomes addicted to substance D and whose entire life turns upside down as he slowly slides into a state of unreality – losing control over his identity and his actions.

Degradation of a human being – the real definition of the usage of drugs – is pushed upfront in order to capture the genetic habits of the addicted. We see disinterest, disrespect, crimes, stupidity all filmed in such a way that recreates real moments of deformed existence.

Structured like a poem – with glowing parts and also dark ones – the film – animated using a technique interpolated rotoscoping – is presented as a lesson full of messages.

At first it might see as a film that deals with the clicheic theme of drug-usage but bit by bit – it becomes a tale of desperation and inaction towards things of daily occurrence.