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: 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…

“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…

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…

“Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) reminded me why do I love movies.

I was skeptical about “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Sometimes, I thought, is the best to leave the classics where they belong. Mel Gibson was the man who WAS “Mad Max” and it seemed as blasphemy to think that anyone else could fill his shoes. Then again, the director of the new “Mad Max” is the…

TREASURE CHEST: Some things are always “Fresh” (1994.)

We are all lost in the symbolic game of chess with ourselves. As Samuel L. Jackson politely pointed out: “Your queen is just a pawn with some fancy moves, nothing more.” We often overestimate our capabilities without realizing that all in life comes with a price. The difference between the greater and lesser people is…

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015) are the bridge within the MCU

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is one of the most expected movies of 2015. Fairly simple strategy is hidden behind Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. There are solo movies, and there are team-ups. In the first phase, there were solo movies about Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America after which they all teamed up nicely in the…

Return of the childhood “Dragon” (2011)

 aka: Wu-Xia (original title) In the eighties there was a different culture of enjoying movies. There were VCR’s and we watched the tapes rented from the local video-stores passionately and devotedly. I think maybe we appreciated them more, new movies were rarities then and newly created myths entered the popular culture with the lightning speed….

Are the “Tangerines” (2014) worth fighting for?

aka “Mandariinid” (original title) For a clever man every war is lost in advance. Powerful proverb is easily forgotten once the guns start their endless song. “Tangerines” is a movie about the futility of war and the individuals often lost in ideologies. As the quoted proverb implies – there is nothing to gain by fighting over…

Animal impulses of the “Wild Tales” (2014)

aka “Relatos Salvajes” Humans are animals. Mammals to be exact. Sometimes in life we are pushed to the edge. There are impulses we can’t control. Sometimes we are gliding on the razor blade with only inches between us and the final cut. Rated R of course, as all final cuts should be. “Wild Tales” are…