23 Jun 2018

'The Lithium Cream' Hexaptych

Under the plastic sky No 6, he was floating again, pretending to be naked just like in that embarrassing holographic nightmare he had every now and then. The voice of his Feminine S.I.D.E (synthetically engineered deus ex) went on and off in regular intervals, and the radio that he embedded into his left wrist was broadcasting distorted electro-schlagers by Lord Laloux’s specter.

The last thing he heard before entering the D.R.E.A.M. (devastatingly rejuvenating energizer of ancient magic) mode was: “Your tissue will completely decompose for the 19th reincarnation in exactly half an eon. Please drink the corresponding elixir.”
 
Tic-Tac-Toe
 

Indifference


Self-Denial


Silence


Useless


 Endless

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21 Jun 2018

Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg, 2018)

☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼

Plunging the viewer into a vast and messy virtual world of a futuristic dystopia, Steven Spielberg reaches new levels of shallowness (no pun intended) and delivers a noisy, kitschy, mildly entertaining hodgepodge spectacle which bastardizes The Shining, relies heavily on the glossy, 'video-gamey' CGI (though for a good reason), wastes the talents of Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook and the rest of the cast by fitting them into all-too-familiar cookie-cutter roles, and throws at you more pop-culture references than you can quarter-circle forward + any punch at (for the uninitiated, that's how you perform Hadouken in Street Fighter series).

17 Jun 2018

The Nth Degree of Devotion

An impossible love story between the Goddess of Perpetual Electricty
and the penultimate chevalier from the Unknown Galaxy.

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16 Jun 2018

Gemini (Aaron Katz, 2017)

☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

The remarkable production design, beautiful cinematography rich with cool colors and jazzy score heavy on melancholic atmosphere are the only redeeming factors in this draggy, mumbling, uninventive, sleep-inducing, quasi-neo-noir, Hitchcockian wannabe thriller rife with trite plotlines and uninvolving characters, bloated with self-importance and further bogged down by the lackluster direction, heavy-handed social commentary and anticlimactic conclusion.

15 Jun 2018

A Divine Anomaly Meanders

As his toxic glance penetrates her innate memory,
another night starts off, adorned with a golden sin.

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14 Jun 2018

Evanescent Virtue Expands

As her everlasting smile petrifies his initial thought,
another day passes by, dressed in a fluttering dream.

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13 Jun 2018

Passions (Kira Muratova, 1994)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

A spiritual prequel to a phantasmagorical drama, Rita's Last Fairy Tale (Poslednyaya skazka Rity), by Renata Litvinova (who brings her quirky, somewhat endearing mannerisms to the role of a daydreaming nurse, Lilya), Kira Muratova's Passions (Uvlecheniya) acts as a floaty, jovial, off-kilter, slightly surreal farce set against the backdrop of jockeys' life, bursting with vivid imagery, existing both below and above water just like its meandering heroine, and featuring a great number of naive, Fellini-esque, characters in almost non-stop motion whose seemingly endless jabber on love, death, beauty, circus and centaurs, inter alia, proves that horses really do make us philosophers.