21 Feb 2018

To FEST or not to FEST, pitanje je sad

46. FEST nam je pred vratima, a ono što sledi je moj subjektivni izbor od ukupno 30 filmova - 13 koje ću overiti ako stignu do niških bioskopa (nada umire poslednja), kao i 17 koje sam već odgledao, sa ocenama.

~ Na prvi pogled ~
2. Zrno / Buğday (Semih Kaplanoğlu, 2017)
3. Jupiterov mesec / Jupiter holdja (Kornél Mundruczó, 2017)
4. Životinje / Tiere (Greg Zglinski, 2017)
5. Doviđenja, tamo gore / Au revoir là-haut (Albert Dupontel, 2017)
6. Legenda o konkubini / Kūkai (Kaige Chen, 2017)
8. Dovlatov (Aleksey German Jr, 2018)
9. Vampirska glina / Chi o sū nendo (Sōichi Umezawa, 2017)
10. Eva (Benoît Jacquot, 2018)
11. Arkadija / Arcadia (Paul Wright, 2017)
12. Crna kocka / Black Hollow Cage (Sadrac González-Perellón, 2017)
13. Klub ljudoždera / O Clube dos Canibais (Guto Parente, 2017)

~Been There, Done That~

1. Dvostruki ljubavnik / L'amant double (François Ozon, 2017) (8)
2. Mardžori Prajm / Marjorie Prime (Michael Almereyda, 2017) (8-)
3. Božija zemlja / God's Own Country (Francis Lee, 2017) (7+)
4. Zabava / The Party (Sally Potter, 2017) (7+)
5. Tri bilborda ispred Ebinga u Misuriju / Three Billboards Outsude Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh, 2017) (7+)
6. Skrivena ljubavv / Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017) (7)
7. Afera: Nil'Hilton / The Nile Hilton Incident (Tarik Saleh, 2017) (7)
8. Oblik vode / The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro, 2017) (7)
9. Skver / The Square (Ruben Östlund, 2017) (6)
10. Telma / Thelma (Joachim Trier, 2017) (6)
11. Vraćen u život / Realive (Mateo Gil, 2017) (6)
12. Vernost / Le Fidèle (Michaël R. Roskam, 2017) (6)
13. Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2017) (6)
14. Tragom kostiju / Spoor (Agnieszka Holland, 2017) (6)
15. Ja, Tonja / I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017) (6)
16. Podivljali / Mayhem (Joe Lynch, 2017) (5+)
17. Fantomska nit / Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017) (4+)

20 Feb 2018

'Pas de Deux' Triptych

Inspired by ballet, sweets, Twin Peaks, fairy tales, et cetera.
A B-Day present for Jelena Perišić (Ezoterijum / Kemmer).

Once Upon a Timeless Dream...

 Within Deep & Sweet Temptation

... and They Lived in Morning Ever After

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18 Feb 2018

This (C)old Soul Is in Desperate Need of Astral Remont

... because the complexities of post-supper time are difficult to explain
and the less you know, the better you will find the way
right into the mousetrap with no cheese set.
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16 Feb 2018

A Dragon Arrives! (Mani Haghighi, 2016)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

"It was full moon, a poetic light was cast over everything, which threw mysterious shadows and glistening sparkles on the river, as if eternity were being created."

What do you get when you blend a western-esque noir look-alike with a talking heads mockumentary and then wrap it up in a tinfoil of folkloric mysticism and superstition that has previously been sprinkled with a handful of odd humor, political undertones (or rather overtones?) and the 60s grooviness? Well, the answer is this - a bizarre magic realist spy thriller that bends the genres and blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction with the greatest ease.

At the beginning that's set day after the assassination of Iranian prime minister in January of 1965 (and in one of the film's 'true event' twists), our dandy, ahead-of-his-time detective protagonist Babak Hafizi (Amir Jadidi, brilliant and with a voice to die for) takes us to an abandoned cemetery next to a shipwreck in the middle of Qeshm Island's nowhere. The ride couldn't be more pleasant (even if you're not a fan of riding across wasteland), because he drives an orange Chevy Impala - a vintage machine that is just as gorgeous as the sandy landscape spellbindingly captured by Hooman Behmanesh. (With a cinematography like THAT you can get away with the most banal of stories which is not the case with this delightful mind-boggler.)

Anyway, Babak has been tasked with the investigation of an ostracized prisoner's suicide appearing to be a homicide despite the 'wall diary' that just screams: "Madman!" Warned by his colleague of local legends regarding ghosts and strange earthquakes whenever a body is buried, he still decides to have an overnight stay. However, on the very same evening he learns that there might be some truth in the tall tales he was told, so he leaves the island only to return in the company of a geologist, Behnam Shokoohi (Amir Homayoun Ghanizadeh), and a hippie sound engineer Keyvan Haddad (Ehsan Goodarzi), to find out why the earth opens its mouth only at the old (and cursed?) graveyard without affecting the nearby village.

These three men's peculiar 'adventure' that might have supernatural elements attached to it is presented in a non-linear fashion, with bits of information revealed via ominous secret service interrogations, as well as the pseudo-documentary interviews including the witty director himself. One of the reasons Haghighi chose to make this film is, in his own words, a time capsule-like metal box he found at home and the involvement of Keyvan Haddad who supposedly worked on a 1964 drama The Brick and the Mirror helmed by his grandfather filmmaker, Ebrahim Golestan. He invites us to play a sort of 'meta' game with him and his team, subtly and occasionally pulling the rug beneath our feet, as his narrative veers in unexpected directions. The viewing experience - enhanced by the pulsating score that bridges the gap between modern electronic and Iranian traditional music - is quite absorbing, especially if you prefer your cinematic dish served with some extra mystery gravy and absurdly sweet, almost Kafkaesque desert.

Although it is hard to figure out the meaning of the whole proceedings and whether Haghighi speaks in metaphors or simply attempts to out-troll both Lynch and Lanthimos, there's a lot to admire in his bold and unique, somewhat Ruizian smorgasbord.

14 Feb 2018

Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017)

☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼

Brilliantly acted, especially by the scene-stealer Daniel Day-Lewis (tho' his character who goes by the suitable last name of WoodCock is an obnoxious prick) and often looking like a masterfully executed painting worthy of hanging in a museum, PTA's latest film is a tedious Oscar bait, a cinematic equivalent of vanity fair, a pretentious exercise in (posh) style, a hollow, repetitive, elegantly contrived melodrama heightened by sappy score, so please allow me to be the boy who will scream: "The Emperor has no clothes!"

13 Feb 2018

Angelic Dadality

Where there's Dada Combat, there's Angelic Dadality - a sophisticated, highly absurd parody of Mortal Kombat 'Fatalities', as well as 'Astral Heat' moves from the BlazBlue series.

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12 Feb 2018

Dada Combat

DADA meets Mortal Kombat
~a character selection screen from a fictional 2D fighting game~
(which takes inspiration from Guilty Gear series as well)
Lilith du Fit
Lox O'Donta..........?..........Ub-Sikh-Ban
Jolly Ghost..........Innu

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