NAS

This little machine is my new toy – it’s a Synology DS116 NAS server. 

So small, yet so powerful and versatile. I can access my files from anywhere, I can listen to my music, get to my photographs, share them with the family or friends, have my own calendar, mail, databases and so much more. 

Why didn’t I get it sooner? Merry Christmas to me.

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Film Magistery #3: Bob Roberts/Donald Trump & A Post-Factual Society

In the third episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about Tim Robbins’ Bob Roberts (1992), a satirical mockumentary about a young right-wing conservative folk-singer who runs for the US Senate. The film’s political theme is compared to the current presidential election in the USA and Donald Trump. Dino asks if the election of both Bob Roberts and Donald Trump is a clear sign that we live in a post-factual society.

There is also a mentioning of some other examples of political films: The Candidate, Wag The Dog, Election, The Ides of March etc.

Relevant links: 
Bob Roberts (IMDb)
Bob Roberts (Letterboxd)
Film Magistery YouTube channel
Huffington Post: An Oral History Of ‘Election’, 15 Years Later
Roger Ebert: Bob Roberts

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Film Magistery #2: El Sur/Our Childhoods’ Memories of Our Fathers

In the second episode of Film Magistery Dino talks about Erice’s The South (El Sur, 1983), a great film about a young girl and her relationship to her mysterious father. He also puts it into the perspective of his own childhood and his perception of his father. There’s also a short mentioning of Dino’s recent six DVD acquisitions. Yes yes, a Tarkovsky work is among them. Dino compares El Sur’s ambiance to Caravaggio’s use of lighting in his paintings.
Oh, and did you know Dino’s brother’s name is Elvis?

Relevant links: 
Film Magistery #1: Night and Fog/Genocide
El Sur (IMDb) 
El Sur (Letterboxd)
Caravaggio Foundation
Film Magistery YouTube channel

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Film Magistery #1: Night and Fog/Genocide

Film Magistery, my film/history podcast is on air!

So, what is it about? Film Magistery is a podcast about films and history… but mostly about films. This show wants to explore the films that belong to deeper cinematic experience by talking about a single theme or concept that is related. You can expect to stumble upon films made by Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Allen, Malick, Altman, Coen, Kiarostami, but there should be space for the mainstream cinema, too.

The topic of the first episode is Resnais’ Night and Fog, a short documentary from 1956. Its theme is Holocaust. Is it still relevant today? Additionally, I talk about whether the humankind has progressed on a cultural level or not? I mention several other genocides in the recent history, especially the one in Bosnia in 1995. Also, watch me make a fool of myself while doing a (fake) Russian accent.

Relevant links:
Night and Fog on IMDb
Night and Fog on Letterboxd
On Holocaust: US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Stenton’s 8 stages of genocide
Remembering Srebrenica

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Erich Fromm o trivijalnim ljudima

Ljudsku potrebu da se govori o sebi, i da pri tom drugi slušaju, gotovo je nemoguće precijeniti. Da ta potreba postoji samo u vrlo narcističnim ljudima, punim sebe, bila bi lako razumljiva, međutim ona postoji u svakoj prosječnoj osobi, iz razloga svojstvenih našoj kulturi. Suvremeni čovjek je čovjek mase, visoko „socijaliziran“, ali vrlo usamljen. David Riesman je upečatljivo iskazao ovaj fenomen naslovom svoje knjige iz 1961 –Usamljena gomila. Suvremeni čovjek je otuđen od drugih i suočen s nedoumicom: plaši se bliskog dodira s drugima, a podjednako se boji i da bude sam i da nema dodira s drugima. Uloga trivijalnog razgovora upravo je u tome da odgovori na pitanje: „Kako da ostanem sam a da ne budem usamljen?“

Pričanje postaje ovisnost. „Dok pričam, znam da postojim; da sam netko, da imam prošlost, posao, obitelj. Pričajući o svemu tome, ja potvrđujem sebe. Međutim, potreban mi je netko da me sluša; ako bih pričao samom sebi, poludio bih.” Slušatelj stvara iluziju dijaloga, dok se tu zapravo odvija monolog.

Loše društvo, s druge strane, nije samo društvo čisto trivijalnih ljudi, nego zlih, sadista, destruktivnih, prema životu neprijateljski nastrojenih ljudi. Ali zašto je, moglo bi se postaviti pitanje, društvo loših ljudi opasno po nekoga ako oni ne pokušavaju da ga ovako ili onako povrijede?

Erich Fromm

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