• Make me trip again, David. A short review

    This journey of mine began in the year 2009 and I definitely didn’t see it coming. I clearly remember that I was staying at my mate’s place for an overnight movie marathon; that night we watched 4 movies Eraserhead being the last one. I can barely remember the first three, however I still recall the dark essence of this crown of film-noir.

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  • My Dearest Companion. Sputnik Sweetheart

    The world in which we live, is extremely complex. A person is able to comprehend only a small part of what surrounds them. There is a thin border between what we know and what we don’t know; sometimes we can even see the world beyond our understanding, but this world is blurred and we often cannot define what is it what we see.

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  • Accentuate the Negative. Ghost World

    Dan Clowes, the author of a graphic novel Ghost World, described the story as the examination of “the lives of two recent high school graduates from the advantaged perch of a constant and (mostly) undetectable eavesdropper, with the shaky detachment of a scientist who has grown fond of the prize microbes in his petri dish”.

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Make me trip again, David

Nov 7
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Ed: Do you own a video camera?

Fred Madison: No. I hate them. I like to remember things my own way.

Ed: What do you mean by that?

Fred Madison: How I remembered them. Not necessarily the way they happened.

T his journey of mine began in the year 2009 and I definitely didn’t see it coming. I clearly remember that I was staying at my mate’s place for an overnight movie marathon; that night we watched 4 movies Eraserhead being the last one. I can barely remember the first three, however I still recall the dark essence of this crown of film-noir. Let me omit all the unnecessary details: I could barely watch first 30 minutes of that film.

Good news for people who love bad news

Nov 6

I couldn’t come up with anything smart to say in the last few weeks. So this time instead of ranting about things that happen around me, I decided to do a little status update on the state that I am in.

An amazing song by Seattle-based Modest Mouse does a way better job to describe how I feel; of course I could spend hours coming up with ideas and end up with a 2000 word post but it still wouldn’t get close to the message I am sending to you through the medium of song.

my dearest companion

Oct 24
outerspace

“I have this strange feeling that I’m not myself anymore. It’s hard to put into words, but I guess it’s like I was fast asleep, and someone came, disassembled me, and hurriedly put me back together again. That sort of feeling.”

-Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

The world in which we live, is extremely complex. A person is able to comprehend only a small part of what surrounds them. There is a thin border between what we know and what we don’t know; sometimes we can even see the world beyond our understanding, but this world is blurred and we often cannot define what is it what we see. There is another reality, a parallel one: our inner world. For us its images, dreams and thoughts – just as real and significant as the external world out there. However, when a person tries to escape their usual peaceful state and looks at the world from above, as if they were a small satellite (sputnik) in dead space around the Earth they can easily dissolve and disappear. Nevertheless, everything comes to an end someday, everything that surrounds us will burn down or go into oblivion. Maybe only in that invisible and yet unknown to us state, above and beyond we truly understand life.

Accentuate The Negative

Oct 12
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Alcoholic Customer: Do you serve beer or any alcohol?
Enid: I wish. Actually you wish, after about five minutes of this movie, you’re gonna wish you had ten beers.

D  an Clowes, the author of a graphic novel Ghost World, described the story as the examination of “the lives of two recent high school graduates from the advantaged perch of a constant and (mostly) undetectable eavesdropper, with the shaky detachment of a scientist who has grown fond of the prize microbes in his petri dish”.

To be honest, I haven’t really planned on writing this review. What prompted me was the amount of reviews from other critics to which I couldn’t relate at least remotely. People kept saying that this film is a typical late 90s teen drama, some even called it a comedy and a few related it to Daria - mid 90s animated TV series. After I read these reviews I couldn’t get rid of an impression of being a confused child in the kindergarten; I could clearly see a red pyramid, though everyone kept trying to convince me that it is black.

Me, Defensive

Oct 2
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..or how I lost faith in comedy

“Dress up two babies to look like the Twin Towers? Check. Spoon feed the baby while saying: “Here comes the airplane.” Check. Baby explodes? Check”.

“Two teenagers in Stuebenville, Ohio were sentenced to just three years after being found guilty of raping a girl while she was passed out drunk. They actually could have gotten six years in prison, but they weren’t pirating music”.

-The Jeselnik Offensive

Creating jokes is hard. You have to show the most sedulous care is to make a joke funny. A diligent effort is needed to be original. If you have a week to write a script for a brand-new TV comedy, can you afford to have at least a single quality mentioned above?

Due to the nature of my habitat, I can spend hours watching various TV series. I am not a fan of comedy in particular, however I couldn’t ignore the genre as a whole. If anyone asked me “what is comedy for you?”, my imagination would immediately generate a picture from my childhood: my granny and I watching comedies from the 60s, laughing over silly and at the same time witty jokes. Sadly, the more I get acquainted with modern comedy, the more I am worried that this wonderful picture will transform into something ugly, grotty and sometimes even frightful.

Say I work in media, I’m really on the dole

Sep 25
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-Basically I’m a part-time blogger and I design my own jewellery line. It’s like a mix of religious iconography, kind of with a Save By The Bell vibe”

-I organise a vegan crunk night

-We’re putting on this rave, and there’s a band in the mosque, and all the proceeds are going to that thing that happened in the Middle East or Africa or whatever

Q  uoting The Grand Spectacular’s controversial parody on modern media/art industry, I am one foot on the    opposite side of the road. So far I’ve spent years trying to limn the portrait of someone who works in media production, hoping to see a familiar face or just get closer to the point where I know exactly what and how I want to achieve; no long-winded words whatsoever, it’s been my dream to work in the industry since I was a kid. Over 10 years of study and voilà: here I am, disgusted and ashamed.

What she does best is stand and stare

Sep 19
goo

I have often been told that a rhetorical question in a beginning of a story or a blog post somehow intrigues a reader. Is it really so?

N ever have I ever written a review on a Sonic Youth album. It is quite hard to say if it is anyhow influential,  because it is neither a release of wicked 80s nor groovy 90s. Being a first major label experience for Sonic Youth, 1990 album Goo has always been receiving quite contradictory reviews. And even though it’s been over 20 years since the original release, these cheesy reviews keep piling up.