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…

Goodbye Sir Pratchett, thank you for all the laughs.

Few authors influenced me as Terry Pratchett did. Amazon has a commercial on my “Kindle” these days and it says: “Children exposed to reading may become CURIOUS, INDEPENDENT or even develop an IMAGINATION full of wonder. In some cases children may get lost in a book, reading quietly for hours. Do not operate heavy machinery…

Houdini escaped his own adaptation

f you like magic and impossible odds you’ve probably heard of the master magician Harry Houdini. He escaped all kinds of chains and traps and has a biography full of fascinating facts. History Channel made mini-series about his life. In it Adrian Brody plays the great magician. His “Houdini” is well made in terms of…

Irony of the #Save Constantine campaign

If you’ve read “Hellblazer” then you’ll recognize the irony of the #Save Constantine movement. John Constantine tricked the devil himself and saved bunch of people in the comics and now is campaigned to save him. Sweet irony. It felt right for the old bugger to be saved from time to time, but I wonder is…

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…

Pleasant surprise of “Agent Carter” (2015.)

If you read comics then you probably know who Peggy Carter is. If that’s not the case and you noticed a new series about cute female agent surrounded with male colleagues who don’t take her seriously than you probably noticed campy surroundings and comical atmosphere. If, despite all that you continued to watch the series…

“Virunga” (2014) caught gorillas in crossfire.

I adored Africa since I was a kid. I was fascinated by “Tarzan” and “Daktari” and all that open space in which everything was possible. I was kid of the nineties and I grew up romanticizing lions and tigers, antelopes and zebras. I loved “King Kong” and Cheeta and I dreamed of having a little…

Poetic reconciliation in “Wild” (2014)

Every week I read the NYT book list, and most of the last year “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed was there. I must admit, I wasn’t interested in reading it. A woman alone on the PCT looking for redemption didn’t seem as a relevant book to me. Then, Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon got the nomination…

“HOUSE OF CARDS” SEASON 3: BURNING BRIDGES, WIDENING RIFTS

“House of Cards” in its first three seasons established itself as one of the best political thrillers currently available on all platforms. Frank Underwood and his wife Claire entered the minds of many viewers while they gave us the insight into the functioning of American politics and we followed the magical couple through the rights…