11 Nov 2018

Chuma v aule Karatas / The Plague at the Karatas Village (Adilkhan Yerzhanov, 2016)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼

Set in a ramshackle fictitious village of idiotic dwellers, bizarre customs, bleeding walls, dancing shadows and seemingly eternal night (followed by a hopeless dawn), Adilkhan Yerzhanov's absurd, surrealistic drama peppered with wry, black humor serves as a hyperbolic allegory of a corrupted, self-destructive society (which also praises stupidity), and feels as if it were written by Kafka in delirium, adapted by Beckett high on antidepressants, and directed by Majewski's angsty twin who eschews camera movement in favor of oppressive mood, and has a knack for transforming his darkest dreams into a quirky, noirish, mythical, dimly lit and delightfully off-the-wall cinematic (un)reality.

9 Nov 2018

K'na, the Dreamweaver (Ida Anita Del Mundo, 2014)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

An exotic treat for everyone unfamiliar with the culture of the indigenous T'boli tribe of Philippines, K'na, the Dreamweaver weaves an archetypal, bittersweet story of love, loss, seemingly petty feuds and the importance of dreams into a fairy-tale-ish, placidly paced drama packed with an elegant, evoking string score by Diwa de Leon, nuanced performances that occasionally mimic non-professional naïveté, as well as with a handsome cinematography by Lee Meily whose camera lovingly captures the lush greenery of the setting, the intoxicating beauty of elaborately designed abacá costumes, and the arcane symbolism of local customs and traditions.

3 Nov 2018

Les garçons sauvages / The Wild Boys (Bertrand Mandico, 2017)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼
 
The expression 'boys will be boys' gets a whole new meaning in Bertrand Mandico's provoking feature debut which has five young and androgynous actresses portraying titular (anti)heroes. Brilliantly cast, Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Diane Rouxel, Anaël Snoek and Mathilde Warnier appear to have a whale of a time in the uninhibited roles of upper-class male adolescents whose heinous crime triggers a life-transforming adventure.

A private, ritual-esque performance of Macbeth turns into an orgy and ends in accidental murder of a beloved literature teacher (Nathalie Richard), with the culprits convicted at a 'simulacrum of a trial where they all lie wonderfully'. Initially separated, they are brought together when their rich families invite a Dutchman named 'The Captain' (Sam Louwyck) to execute the punishment. Claiming that he can 'transform any violent boy into a civilized and docile being', this mysterious man takes the 'erudite at will, but barbarian' brats to serve him on his dilapidated ship, as the story gradually becomes more bizarre and surreal, especially when they reach their port of call.

On a magical, paradise-like island where the crew lands, we encounter Dr Séverin(e) (Mandico's muse Elina Löwensohn, at the top of her game) whose secret is in correspondence with the film's gender-bending, politically incorrect, no-holds-barred properties. Without revealing any of the sticky, delightfully decadent and disturbingly erotic details, let's just say that The Wild Boys plays out like a twisted adaptation of The Lord of the Flies that has been influenced by Burroughs's writings, Classic Hollywood, La Nouvelle Vague, as well as by the transgressive works of Walerian Borowczyk and David Cronenberg. This bold, highly referential, somewhat paradoxical phantasmagoria fueled by irony and tongue-in-cheek wit also brings the names of Raúl Ruiz and Guy Maddin to mind, yet the peculiar world in which it's set strikes us as pretty idiosyncratic, not to mention unforgettable.

What makes it so immersive are its dirty, sweaty, gooey atmosphere and highly stylized visuals which comes as no surprise considering Mandico's short offerings such as Boro in the Box and Our Lady of Hormones. Boasting the unmistakable art direction, refreshingly 'quaint' in-camera and practical effects, as well as the exquisite black and white cinematography with occasional splashes of sultry, saturated colors à la Pink Narcissus, the film provides us with some sweet aural nectar and spicy brain snacks as well.

27 Oct 2018

Manifesto (Julian Rosefeldt, 2015)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

Maniacally obsessed with high angle and precision, Julian Rosefeldt delivers an
Absolutely delightful, positively deadpan experimental drama which is
Nothing as much as it is Everything, and whatever DADA falls in-between.
Irreverently cheeky and somewhat anti-art for the sake of art, this (meta?)
Film injects a deliberately sterile mockumentary into an omnibus-like
Ensemble drama, with the brilliant Cate Blanchet herself being the ensemble of 12.
Simultaneously stray and straight, Manifesto shows both white and broken
Teeth in its wide grin and often bites while spitting one quotable line after another.
On the other hand, 'all current art is fake', so beware of the 'square which becomes blobby'!


(... also applicable ...)

Mischievously poised and monumentally small.
Awkwardly elegant and austerely extravagant.
Non-essentially indispensable, non plus ultra?
Irrationally reasonable and intelligently naive.
Fascinatingly flat and fanatically disciplined.
Eccentrically conventional and explicitly equivocal.
Serenely rebellious and superficially profound.
Theoretically practical and teasingly comforting.
Obnoxiously wonderful and ostentatiously modest.

22 Oct 2018

Instructional Manual for the Superstitious (Another 6 Pieces)

And with another five pieces, Instructional Manual for the Superstitious will reach the planned 50th page! For everyone wondering what the f*ck is this all about, I'll shed some light on the series:

A distorted reflection of the world in chaos which is simultaneously intimidating and inspiring, the 'Instructional Manual for the Superstitious' series of vintage-esque digital collages amalgamates its creators hopes, fears, dreams and phantasies into a wild, intuitive, irreverent, phantasmagorical and somewhat absurd entity. Laced with the traces of cynicism and self-irony, this anthology is an attempt to breathe new and peculiar life into 'forgotten' imagery borrowed from the vast public domain archive. The bilinguality of the artworks' titles is deliberate and meant to add to the puzzling nature of the project.

RE: Volution


If a = B + CCC, else D.E.A.th


Radost-Na-Dugme


Morning Dew for the Alpha Ambassador


Ptica Grabljivica


Little Miss Under Standing

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16 Oct 2018

Instructional Manual for the Superstitious (Another 13 Pieces)

The longest collage series I've created so far, Instructional Manual for the Superstitious will soon reach 50 pages and be released as a PDF anthology including hi-res versions of artworks.

Æonic Discovery


Glow & Animosity


Pravilo X>=


This Way Away


Horticultural Paranoiac


Alchemical Conversations


A Different POV


Falling Star 888


The Instrument of Doom


Isti Otrov


The Grapes of Wraith


A Close Encounter of the 4D Kind


Prenosiva Kataklizma

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15 Oct 2018

Animal World (Yan Han, 2018)

☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼
 
A prime example of false advertising, Animal World (Dong wu shi jie) is most definitely not a crazy, pulpy and colorful action fantasy about a young man who turns into a sword-wielding clown and goes on a monster killing spree, but rather an overlong and cliché-ridden, though visually inspired (and eventually somewhat touching) 'thriller' about a bunch of debtors stuck on a loan shark's ship where they are forced to play the game of rock-paper-scissors using fancy cards and mathematical wit to win star badges (!) or lose their life, with the 'good parts' that are shown in the trailer and described above happening in our empathetic hero's head, and standing for a blunt metaphor about the difficulties of being a naïve philanthropist in a material world.

9 Oct 2018

Instructional Manual for the Superstitious (Another 11 Pieces)

Instructional Manual for the Superstitious keeps growing... (NOTE: The bilinguality of the artworks' titles is intentional, but you can always use google-translate.)

This Tingling Sensation


Svet-Kao-Jelen


Dreams in a Witch's Womb


Koren-Za-Crnu-Misao


Happy End(less)


Oko-Naokolo


BezBog


Lavirint-Na-Komad


The Test


Aphrodisiac


Algoritam+=Ludilo (A Horse for Laura P)

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7 Oct 2018

Mythological Reveries (3 Pieces)

The following artworks are the (retitled) remakes of Blue Love: A Centaur and a Lady, Yellow Curiosity: A Sphinx and a Poster Boy and Violet Delusion: Hercules and Cerberus, respectively. I got back to them so they could fit, aesthetic-wise, the 'Mythological Reveries' series... as well as to feed my obsessions with collages and Greek mythology.

A Centaur Trembles Before a Lady


A Sphinx Solves a Riddle for a Poster Boy


 Hercules Sends Cerberus to an Alternative Universe

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4 Oct 2018

Instructional Manual for the Superstitious (10 Pieces)

In this post which is obviously dominated by phantasmagoric imagery, I present another 10 collages from Instructional Manual for the Superstitious series which started with Less Than If (see the article on the 9th anniversary of NGboo Art).

Vilo-Se-Kolo


Photo(n) Memory (Neki Vrag)


Pravo-Pa-Desno


Dissolved Halo (Bez Zamajca)


Tangent Reagent


A Multiverse Idyll


A Small Token of Appreciation


The Thoughts of a Faux Moralist


Neuhvatljivo (5...4...3...2...1)


 An Interdimensional Conflict

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28 Sep 2018

HSP Vol. 1-10 on EFS Publications

Part I of my article on the voluminous, not to mention inspired, mind-blowing and mind-boggling Homo Sapiens Project by the prolific filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi (who also appears to be a walking encyclopedia of cinema history) is published! It encompasses the first 99 out of 199 films, so accordingly it is the greatest wall of text I've written by far, and it contains some of the wildest and weirdest lines that have ever come out of my pen (or rather, keyboard). You can read it at EFS Publications, just follow THIS LINK.

Still Shot from HSP (36)

26 Sep 2018

9 Years of NGboo Art!

108 months ago, NGboo Art was born. Originally, this blog was intended to be nothing but a hobby based on huge amounts of passion and enthusiasm, but for the last couple of years, writing about films and creating artworks (to be precise, collages) earned me some profits. (That 'some' is much better than the architectural 'none' which has often been the trigger of much disappointment and regret in the past). As of late, I opened a Ko-fi account for donations / possible patrons and a Society6 store in which my designs (15 of them, at the moment) are available as art prints, iPhone skins, stationery cards and whatnots. There's also a Fiverr gig for collage orders, and let's not forget a couple of fresh PDF artbooks, Glum Glamour and The Grain of Ultimate Silence, available for purchase on itch.io.

During almost-a-decade-long period, I've faced many confidence-dissolving downs, but I'd rather talk about ups, such as forming new friendships, getting in touch with many wonderful, struggling and persevering artists from around the globe, or having my works exhibited three times in Belgrade (this September, it will be four), once in Luzern and once in Preston. 2018 stands out as the year of the greatest changes, the plenty of highlights being: the inspiring visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art in the most pleasant company of Jelena Perišić (aka Kemmer), the unforgettable Sarajevo meetup with the prolific filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi (whose latest offering Phantom Islands looks and sounds absolutely astonishing on the big screen), several essays written for EFS Publications, an article contributed to Film Panic magazine (more to come, hopefully), an interview and a brief, yet memorable live conversation with Scott Barley (whose feature debut Sleep Has Her House is overwhelming when experienced in a well-equipped cinema), an honorable and quite flattering mention of my name in the column story on Slovenian multimedia artist Janja Rakuš, an evening of sensational musicianship on Nišville (very special thanks to Marko Žunić), as well as a few designs for NYC-based musician and film director Martin Del Carpio (Bandcamp / Vimeo).

My most recent preoccupation (teased here and here) has been the voluminous essay on Rashidi's 'secret' magnum opus Homo Sapiens Project which, inter alia, inspires weird analogies and encourages hyper-productivity. (At this point, I've seen 100 out of 199 installments, so it's pretty safe to say that I'm high on HSP.) On a different note, collage-crafting has already turned into an obsession, therefore I present my latest five pieces which have already been revealed on my Facebook and Ko-fi pages (and which will probably turn into a long series).

Finally, I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has been following these pages! Cheers! ;)

Less Than If


Unchaining the Food Chain


Proportions of Martyrdom


Fast Approaching


Gemini Jumpers

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