Calvary

"Too many little bones", says Father James at some point during the film while eating a fish. That's how life is, too. So much pain, so many obstacles. But you have to fight for what you are believe in, and never give up. Yet, this film, despite being mellow, low-key dramatic and melancholic, is also very funny and humorous. And that is a very difficult feature to achieve in film in general. Calvary is a fresh cinematic breath from Ireland, not unlike those stormy Atlantic winds. Highly recommended.

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Burning cars

I certainly do not have pyromaniac tendencies, but I do like these images of burning cars. The first one is the image from Almodovár's La Piel Que Habito (2011), the second one from the Netflix crime TV series Narcos.

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Film Magistery #8: The Mirror/Tarkovsky’s Time Sculpting

Tarkovsky's The Mirror is undoubtedly one of the true masterpieces in the magical world of cinema. In the eighth episode Dino talks about Tarkovsky and his concept of the so-called Time Sculpting, which is here explored in his seminal work "The Mirror" (1975).

Links:

The Mirror on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072443/
The Mirror on Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/mirror/

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Music

Kevin MacLeod: Ghost Dance Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

About The Ending

I know, the new episode has been somewhat delayed, but I hope it will be worth waiting for. To warm things up a little, here's the strident clue to the film and the theme of the next episode. Also, this ending scene is very crucial to the discussion in the next episode of Film Magistery.

[update] Mosfilm has blocked the viewing of the video on the website, so you will have to click on the link in order to watch it on Youtube.

Raw

Raw (2016) directed by the French director Julia Ducournau received relatively a lot of positive acknowledgment, but I must say I didn't fancy it much. The cinematography was quite pleasing, but the story and the subject is rather dazed, and if you think about it, not that original as it may seem at first. Raw had some interesting moments, but it is just yet another wannabe critique of the contemporary society that does not succeed in my opinion. There is simply too much crap blocking for the essence. I don't understand screenplay writers who have hard times focusing on a single story and do not try to avoid all the pitfalls of stuffing the story with bullshit. I have no problem with a film that lasts only 65 minutes. Better a strong short story than a terrible 'great American novel'.

But there was a single sentence that I really can relate to, being a father of two girls. :)

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