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PERSIST AND DO THE WORK… OR GO BACK TO MISSOURI

ART THEORY / CINEMA / LITERATURE / OUTSIDE NEWS / 2021-03-23

“When things get tough with that rewrite, and you’re starting to see this whole dream fall apart… who are the ones that actually stay in for the long haul? Often it’s narcissists. Often it’s people with big egos. It’s people who really think they’re interesting.  + 

CAUSES CHANGE. CULTURES REMAIN.

CINEMA / POLITICS / ESSAYS / 2020-04-21

Thanks to HBO’s Chernobyl, fewer people worldwide will rejoice at the officially low stats of Covid-19 deaths in Russia. Causes change. Cultures remain.  + 

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE AGES?

CINEMA / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2020-02-17

Judging by the popularity of movie / series franchises, humanity is stuck in the middle ages. Swords, magic, religious sects… Marvel’s super-heroes with gems, hammers, bows and arrows; Star Wars / Mandalorian; Harry Potter; Game of Thrones; The Witcher; Lord of the Rings. The futuresque  + 

DEATH ON SCREEN

CINEMA / PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2019-11-29

We view death countless times on screens, daily. People exploding, shot, bleeding-out, run-over, cut to pieces in so many “creative” ways. And yet, how many of us think about the inescapable fact that at some point in the future, possibly very near future, we’ll be  + 

ART IS NOT DEFINED BY ITS MODE OF CONSUMPTION

ART THEORY / CINEMA / PAINTING / ESSAYS / 2019-08-31

People who claim that an art form is defined by its consumption method continue to amaze (aggravate?) me. According to them, next time you buy a painting to hang on your wall, remember that outside the museum, it won’t be a piece of art anymore.  + 

CHERNOBYL? BECAUSE IT’S CHEAPER.

CINEMA / ECONOMICS / ENVIRONMENT / REVIEWS / 2019-06-11

“The emergency shutdown system at Chernobyl had a fatal flaw. At 01:23:40, Akimov engages AZ-5, or SCRAM. The fully withdrawn control rods begin moving back into the reactor. These rods are made of boron, which reduces reactivity… but not the tips. The tips are made  + 

MONEY = ENERGY… FOLLOW THE MONEY TO GET TO THE ENERGY

ART THEORY / CINEMA / ECONOMICS / PHYSICS / ESSAYS / 2019-01-29

Energy is what constitutes and organizes matter (and antimatter ? ). Prana is an Earth-local, Vedic special interpretation of it. Money is an Earth-local, economic interpretation of it. Follow the money and you’ll follow the energy that constitutes and organizes matter. If you really want  + 

NO ONE WILL REMEMBER YOU BEING LATE

CINEMA / FINANCE / INDUSTRIAL DESIGN / ESSAYS / 2018-12-05

Nobody will remember if your film / book / design was late and over-budget… But everyone will remember if it was bad. Finance for the long term. Yeah, despite the capitalist preference for the short-term quarterly reports. ? Harder? Sure. But worth it in the  + 

FILM MARKET IMBALANCE

CINEMA / ECONOMICS / ESSAYS / 2018-07-10

Speaking of film market imbalance… The 2018 Cannes film festival and market has seen 12 411 participants from 114 countries, of which: 980 — festival programmers 1 743 — buyers 3 858 — producers  + 

“LETO” REVIEW

CINEMA / REVIEWS / 2018-06-06

Saw the premiere in Cannes… A rather weird alternative rendition of an (imagined?) fleeting romance of legendary Russian pop-rock singer Viktor Tsoi in the 1980s Saint Petersburg. Hipsterish B&W, “It Never Happened” announcements, 4th wall pokes, awkward handwriting notes on the screen… I much prefer  + 

MOST CINEMAS STRUGGLE TO MEET PROJECTION STANDARDS

CINEMA / ESSAYS / 2018-06-01

Projection quality in most cinemas today is, alas, quite bad. If you think seeing a movie on a “big screen” is “the best cinematic experience”… well, sorry to disappoint you. On average, what you see in theaters worldwide, including in supposedly top-notch multiplexes in world  + 

“LA PRIÈRE / THE PRAYER” REVIEW

CINEMA / REVIEWS / 2018-03-23

La Prière / The prayer at the Berlin Film Festival is a classically, solidly, well-told story about a French heroin addict who joins a Christian Catholic community of former addicts who live isolated in the Alps mountains and use manual work and prayer as a  + 

“DOVLATOV” REVIEW

CINEMA / LITERATURE / REVIEWS / 2018-03-20

A premiere of “Dovlatov” film at the Berlin Film Festival. 6 days in the 70s life of a Soviet writer Sergei Dovlatov – Сергей Довлатов, an unknown to almost anyone in the USSR until it fell in 1991. And still largely unknown globally. Unfortunately, not  + 

BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL – A MENTALLY SICK ASYLUM

CINEMA / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2018-02-24

If you care about my opinion about the Berlin Film Festival line-up and awards — except the very, very worthy La Prière — it’s a perfect image of the mentally sick asylum which is our current, past and future global society. I chose to quit  + 

“MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” REVIEW

CINEMA / REVIEWS / 2017-07-01

Have finally watched Manchester By The Sea… Not a really wise choice given the recent death in my own family. An extremely sad drama with an almost complete collection of human dysfunctions in American context. Cinema aspects: excellent, stunning acting, just amazing, touches even through  + 

“I, DANIEL BLAKE” REVIEW

CINEMA / REVIEWS / 2016-05-22

Well, I think Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” Palme at Cannes 2016 is well-deserved. One of his best, with “Riff Raff”. But, typically Loachy. Social, touching… but nothing exceptional, nothing surprising. More of a documentary, a light on a problem that needs to be shined  + 

KVADRAT GEAR STATS

CINEMA / ESSAYS / 2014-11-28

All the dates, specs, numbers and other production details of my longest feature film so far, Kvadrat Gear.  + 

MY SECOND FEATURE FILM: KVADRAT GEAR

CINEMA / HEALTH / MY NEWS / 2014-10-08

What better way to rest from all the hard shooting and editing of my first feature film, Kvadrat, than to shoot and edit a second feature film? Especially if it’s the exact opposite of the first one? A classical documentary with dialogue, voice-over, still photos and archival footage?  + 

KVADRAT DIRECTOR’S THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FILM

CINEMA / ESSAYS / 2014-07-08

My own thoughts about my Kvadrat film. The reasons to get into cinema, film a documentary, decide on a feature instead of a short, choose a weird techno musical genre… The goals, the themes, the ideas, the style, the execution, the difficulties and other details.  + 

KVADRAT FILM SYNOPSIS

CINEMA / ESSAYS / 2014-06-23

The original synopsis of my Kvadrat documentary feature film I wrote in April 2011. How does it compare with the end-result?  + 

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