Few shots about the “Shot Caller” (2017)

Prison movies always require an effort. “The Green Mile”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, “The Prophet”, “Cool Hand Luke” or “Papillon” are just a few of them to think about. Prison movies often have freedom hiding somewhere in the background. Still, few of them really captured prison psychology as good as legendary HBO series “Oz”. “Oz” was…

Potential and shortcomings of “Incorporated” (2016)

Since “Terminator”, I’ve watched a lot of material about the evilness of corporations. “Terminator” was the first and the scariest. Because of that, I must admit that I was skeptical when SyFy started “Incorporated”. It was a longshot since I expected just one more show about the food shortage and the apocalypse. More to that,…

Thoughts about “LA LA LAND” (2016)

  When we were growing up, music was an important differential factor. “What are you listening?” was a question everybody asked and based on the answer given by the person you talked to, decision was made if someone is worthy of friendship or, if fate was inclined that way, something more. Sometime during that period,…

2016 in retrospective: Superhero TV

Superheroes on TV aren’t easy subject, when 2016 is concerned. We lost at least one show with potential (Agent Carter). In the thin line between superheroes and gothic romanticism, we also unexpectedly lost Penny Dreadful. When we’re talking about superheroes on TV, we usually use the differentiation between CW-verse (Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and…

2016 in retrospective: SUPERHEROES are just human after all.

It’s never easy to write about the year in retrospective. 2016 was one of the most interesting years regarding film industry and pop-culture in general. Everything is connected, and it’s impossible to analyze the year we just sent packing without mentioning two crucial political events: Brexit and Trump’s victory. Both of them were themes of…

“House of Cards” S04 – Tables are overturned.

The fourth season is out. “House of Cards” went as far from the British original as possible. Its journey is often seen as criticism of the current US politics and as the personification of everything that’s wrong with it. After the events of the third season, where Frank Underwood was the President of the United…

Few words about Academy Awards.

Gathering in the Dolby Theatre is over. 88th Oscar Award Ceremony is done and dealt with, famous people ran over the red carpet, dresses and tuxedos were photographed, somebody even said a few words worth hearing, when it started. Race for the Golden Statue was over and we finally learned who has won and who…

“45 years” (2015.) – Emotional journey through life.

45th marriage anniversary is due in a few days. Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) is preparing the festivities and her husband Geoff (Tom Courtney) is finding an interesting article in the newspapers. The article will stir the past and uncover some long kept secrets. In the midst of the preparations, the couple will have to dig…

Will you “Listen to me, Marlon?” (2015.)

For me, loving movies was about nurturing memories. Some memories are brighter, some darker, and some are there to stay as iconic images stuck into subconsciousness. Marlon Brando is my favorite actor. “Listen to me, Marlon” is an exquisite insight into Brando’s private thoughts, confessions and tragedies. Documentary which, in more senses than one, makes me…

Call for a change and tolerance in “Sense 8” (2015)

There are few authors with the visual excitement of the Wachowskis. Every movie they make will be, I’m sure of it, unique, at least as a visual treat. After “Matrix” and “Cloud Atlas” they failed with “Jupiter Ascending”, and I was skeptical about their cooperation with a legend of the SF genre – J. Michael…

A cup of “Coffee in Berlin” (2012) …

aka “Oh Boy!” “Slacker” was one of the great movies of the nineties. Some critics say that it defined the generation and described perfectly the sense of loss after the Cold War, which was, arguably, won by the West. That oxymoron, sense of loss after victory, came from the disappearance of the adversary which influenced…