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Ray Liotta and the HD Direct-to-Video Era

January 14, 2015  Leave your thoughts

Skyfall: Spy Sins

The old British domination is history, but history remembers how it operated ruthlessly through the years. Britain’s supreme power abroad, the agent, falls down from their last industrial pride – the railroad in Istanbul. Then in Macao, a stiff lifeless body travels through the underworld on a boat on the river Styx and is swallowed whole by the dragon. The spy, as a symbol of fashionable prestige, returns to the real world to find it dramatically changed. This happens at the Pearl River Delta, where the empire fought by all means necessary to force the East to open up its trade routes in the prosperous 19 AD.

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March 13, 2013  Leave your thoughts

James Flint

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

Впечатления от “Островът” на DVD

“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

All Tomorrow’s Adventures →

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.
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November 4, 2011  Leave your thoughts

Meeting Andrey Konchalovskiy

September 7, 2011  Leave your thoughts