The story of translator and merchant James Flint, who became the first East India Company employee to command Chinese language and in 1759 tried to reach the Qing Emperor with a petition for better trade terms. He also helped introduce soya to North America. (more…)March 25, 2012 Leave your thoughts
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A few outrageous new films, openly inspired by Brian De Palma’s classic “Red period” (1973–1984).
We made a video.February 2, 2012 Leave your thoughts
“Островът” на DVD е представен в оригиналното си отношение 2:35:1 (в оптималния анаморфен формат) и дискът съдържа задоволителен трансфер на филма, ако изключим на два сериозни проблема. (more…)January 21, 2012 Leave your thoughts
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011), directed by Steven Spielberg
Spielberg went soul-searching and pondered on the meaning of action-adventure cinema as far back as 1989. Then Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade posed the question: why is the hero so driven to his endless escapades, what makes him tick and why should the audience have faith? The answer was that in screaming popular culture, it’s all a blur until you find something personally important to you: context, an angle you care about. In that case, it was Indiana’s father who defined the personality and very existence of our hero. No wonder the actor is also a symbol of the origin of the series, the Bond films. This motivation for packing action was redefined again in 2002 with Minority Report, when the image of the lost child unlocked the emotional resonance of the story after the breakneck Sci-Fi action intro.
The difference now is that the stakes are as high as possible, because the 3D CGI …Tintin is about the future of cinema, for which this legendary genius director has nothing but boundless love. And a trick or two of his own, which he presents to the future artist/entertainers as a gift. Working with new filmmakers in a new environment, he is more than happy to take a backseat and let their imagination run wild. We are witnessing a dramatic but happy resolution of Spielberg’s decades-long insistence of shooting on film and editing mechanically. …Tintin is an act of release, of letting go of limitations, of betting on the essence of the experience and leaving it all to the new guys. With a propulsive kick to the butt instead of a good-bye kiss, as evidenced by the surprisingly high levels of darkness and violence.
September 17, 2011 Leave your thoughts
The film Source Code consists of:
- The Sisyphus myth. Life is a never-ending struggle.
- The contemporary political oppression over the individual. The soldier is forced to carry out missions he doesn’t understand.
- Solipsism. The world is what one experiences inside his/her head, therefore inseparable from our subjective senses.
- The Cave from Plato’s Republic. We are in the darkness of our mind and can only guess what the outside world is like – the City is always on the horizon, unreachable.
- Buddhist immortal soul being reborn from one reality to another.
Systematic society versus the spontaneity of the human condition. The hero is a lost soul who is in turns a soldier, saviour, bully, thief, charmer, entertainer… all the colours of the human experience.