Category: Film Culture

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey on 70mm. An Interview With A Magician.

    2001: A Space Odyssey on 70mm. An Interview With A Magician.

    There is no one closer to the true enchantment of film than the film projectionist – a craft that is slowly disappearing, as celluloid itself, and should be cherished as cinema treasure. Film, in its essence, is its medium. And the projectionist, therefore, its magician in residence. So consider this an interview with a master.

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  • The Artful Oscar

    The Artful Oscar

    Oscars 2021 was a public exercise in reclaiming one’s own art from the hijack of a devouring billion-dollar entertainment industry, the scaling down from mass production to manufacture, a deliberate recalibrating and reframing in order to preserve cinema’s place in culture, in society, and in our individual lives. And to be sure, this ceremony was all about preserving cinema.

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  • Black Humour in Serbian Films of the Early Eighties

    Black Humour in Serbian Films of the Early Eighties

    Examining the dark heart of laughter the symbiotic relationship of film and its audience, wiring us to think and talk in certain ways, its cultural impact, its myriad semiotic and cinematic legacies – this was my MA dissertation (Birkbeck, 2005), a bungy jump into Serbian (and YU) 80s cinema, four films, two filmmakers, Šijan and Kovačević.

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  • Lola Loves Shorts: Lost For Words

    Lola Loves Shorts: Lost For Words

    Lola On Film now reviews fine indie shorts.
    Our six minutes to pause for breath, a meditation on both the current and metaphysical state of isolation, inner worlds imploding with the unspoken, the deeply entrenched, the painfully trivial, Elcid Asaei delivering a poetically political, quietly witty technicolour essay on just how much we are able to hate the people we love.

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  • Golden Globes 2020: Anarchy, Pomp & Circumstance

    Golden Globes 2020: Anarchy, Pomp & Circumstance

    The human need for a pedestal exists to look up at something that is, ultimately, to be achieved. The social contract breaks when the chosen begin to look down at the rabble. In his roast to end all roasts, the host of the 2020 Globes, Ricky Gervais, made for eight golden minutes of television, reminding us of just that, with pure anarchist glee.

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  • International Queer Film Festival Merlinka – MSUV: Love Is All

    International Queer Film Festival Merlinka – MSUV: Love Is All

    Short and sweet weekend ride through a cinematic landscape that is very slowly moving from niche to broader in the Balkans, yet with quality that never drops a beat. Merlinka is a bold and bright festival of good humour and defiance, with a sophisticated programme, a growing audience, and enough maverick charm to face both friend and foe.

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  • Oscars 2019: Culture of Consensus

    Oscars 2019: Culture of Consensus

    All you need to know about the state of publicity today is that the 2019 Oscars ceremony, the hottest gig there is, did not have a host, most likely because no one wanted the hassle. The global equilibrium of self-promotion vs. self-censorship seems to have reached a screeching deadlock somewhere in the outer layers of our stratosphere, taking all the creative oxygen out of any public concept.

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  • Oscars 2018: Eating Cake

    Oscars 2018: Eating Cake

    The Academy finally deciphered the writing on the wall, and promptly took their high-heeled shoes off, the entire spectacle meandering into something of an after-party at your agent’s house – half mercenary opportunism, half boozy honesty. What I reckon the aftermath of this will be is that the industry will soak in all the good intentions, appropriate the sentiments, and pretty much continue as usual.

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  • Berlinale, Take Two.

    Berlinale, Take Two.

    Amidst the pomp, the circumstance, and the tightly wrapped boxes, there are the staff working for the Berlinale Service Centre who are not only incredibly helpful, but also smart, sweet, and informed. Organisationally, it is not only a festival of excuses (as one insightful employee put it), it is a festival of extremes. Gliding between its seamlessly sewn edges, sometimes one gets the forgotten sharp pin.

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  • The Festival Of Fences

    The Festival Of Fences

    An ambivalent mixture of sophisticated programming, great variety, lovely surfaces, all the shades of pink amidst a well-oiled division between fans/stars, outsiders/insiders, and talents/audience. It’s not a surprise, only serves as a timely reminder of just how long this has gone unchecked all across the industry. Social exclusion has many faces, the most obvious ones are the ones least discussed.

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  • Lola says…

    Lola says…

    Deconstructing the spectacle, measuring empty calories, offering nutritional insights on films newly released, as well as archival treasures, assessing the state of film culture, exploring new formats & illuminating cinema’s place in society, as well as in our individual psychology.

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