“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…

“Arrow” missed the target in Season 03.

CW’s “Arrow” S03 is over. “My name is Oliver Queen” was familiar intro into the series from the very beginning and at the end of the S03 it is also the title of the last episode. “Arrow” closed the full circle. Final episode of the third season could serve as the end of the series,…

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….

TREASURE CHEST: The meanings of “Keoma” (1976)

Spaghetti western has a simple storyline. There is always a hero, alone against everybody, trying to free the oppressed against greedy and emotionless villains. Almost every spaghetti western can fall into that category, and it was refreshing to find one as different as it can be. Starring Franco Nero, living legend of the genre and…

Don’t dismiss “The Knick” as another “House” alike show

When I saw the announcement of “The Knick” on CINEMAX, I thought that the show will be just another “House” copy. “The Knick” has similarities to “House”, but it’s very good show in its own right. The brilliance of Clive Owen truly shines in the role of John Thackery, a surgeon who is changing the…

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…

TREASURE CHEST: Wonder of “Il mare” (2000.)

original title: “Siworae” Before Christmas the girl has left a postcard to the new tenant of “Il Mare”. “Il mare” is the house on the lake. Famous architect built it for his son. She’s gone to the new place but the letter she expected hasn’t yet arrived. Will the new tenant be so kind to…