Going places

I have this idea to travel to some places that I noticed while watching films. I watched recently a very good film called My Night at Maud’s (Ma nuit chez Maud, 1969) directed by Éric Rohmer. Most of the film took place in the city of Clermont-Ferrand (it’s referred to as Clermont only). I liked how the city looked (in the 1960’s), and how it was dominated by Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption de Clermont-Ferrand. I also found out that the mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal was born there. His famous wager was discussed quite extensively in the film as well. So, maybe I will visit Clermont once. It would be nice, just as many other places from other films.

My Night at Maud’s (1969)

Holy Motors

Vrlo interesantan film. Gledao sam ga 2012. godine i moram reći da mi se ovaj put dosta više svidio. Holy Motors je djelo koje nije napravljeno da bi nam se dopao nego da bi ga doživjeli, te kao takav, naravno, ne spada u one filmove koji su dio zabave za šire mase. Upravo zato narativ nije u središtu pažnje, a ipak je bitan jer u njemu s vremena na vrijeme imamo priliku uočiti srž onoga čime se ovaj film bavi, a to je fluidnost (možda i nepostojanje) ljudskog identiteta u dobu sveopšteg neokapitalizma koji nam diktira kako da živimo, šta da činimo, pa i kako da odlazimo u smrt.

Lik Kylie Minogue nam, dok pomalo bizarno pjeva mjuzikl, uz to postavlja egzistencijalno pitanje “Who are we? Who are we?”, a onda nakon toga čini ono što čini, što mjenja njeno, hajde recimo, metafizičko stanje. Ona vjerovatno nakon toga spoznaje ko smo, dok smo mi i dalje osuđeni na mjenjanje identiteta koji nam je nametnut, kao što je to slučaj sa Monsieur Oscarom više puta dnevno.

Holy Motors (2012)

Pitanje je ima li smisla ova egsistencija i ako ima, je li ikako u našu korist? Da li ćemo i mi jednog dana postati šapćući Sveti Motori, kao ona vozila na kraju? Pravi naslov je, naravno, Zastarjeli Modeli, baš kao i svi ti fluidni, prolazni identiteti. Mi nemamo sopstveni identitet jer nam je nametnuto da smo uvijek neko (i nešto) drugo. Skoro u svakoj situaciji nosimo tuđu masku i rijetko imamo priliku vidjeti sopstveno lice u ogledalu.

Bog nije mrtav, ali mi (who are we?) vjerovatno i ne postojimo.

The best films in 2016

Every year I am making a list of all films I watched during that period, but this time I will do something else. Since I have changed my way of recording which films I watched during the year (it is now digitized and online), I will no longer post here the long list of all the films I watched during the year. However, I will make a list of the best films I watched, so here’s the list of the best films I watched in 2016 (some of them I watched before).

The Thin Red Line 10/10
The New World 10/10
The Lives of Others 10/10
The Turin Horse 10/10
The Witch 9/10
The Double Life of Veronique 9/10
To the Wonder 9/10
El Sur 9/10
The Tree of Life 9/10
A Short Film About Love 9/10
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 9/10
Arrival 9/10
Stories We Tell 9/10
The Straight Story 9/10
Amarcord 9/10
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House 9/10

As you can see, 16 films received 4 or 5 Avdibeg stars, which is actually a new record. Normally I gave only one or two, but the difference is that I really focused more on quality this year.

Geschmack of the 1980s

Being a kid in the 1980s it seems I have developed a certain affinity towards the music of the decade, which is somewhat strange, since I listen mostly to progressive metal. Anyway, for the past several weeks I have stumbled across some great music either made in or inspired by the 1980s pop.

Blood Dragon Theme
First in line: the complete soundtrack of unusual, psychedelic retro-game Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon. The game and its music will catapult you directly back to the 1980s, no questions asked. Pure retro electronica!

The Running Man Soundtrack Score Suite
The soundtrack of sci-fi film Running Man (1987) is in very similar style with a lot of synthesizers. The whole soundtrack was composed by the German composer Harold Faltermeyer who also wrote soundtracks for Beverly Hills CopsTop GunTango & Cash etc. The real action in this score starts from 10:57. Very powerful, yet reflective and emotional.

Only God Forgives (OST) – Megadrive – Dataline
A few days ago I watched a very powerful (and disturbing) film by Nicolas Winding Refn called Only Good Forgives. Not only the visual part of the film is memorable, its score plays a very large and important part throughout the whole film. A must-see and hear!