The NeverEnding Story
The first rule of magic: don't let anyone know your name. Names have power. Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic People usually say: “Before, the trees were taller, and the grass was greener.” Indeed, from a child's perspective, everything seemed new and significant. Long roads, long hours. But time changes distances. Things that once delighted us seem silly and unimportant today. Favorite toys are lying in the attic, former friends remained only in photographs, and from old fairy tales, only the "once upon a time" is kept in memory.
The only heir of the decade: the first episode of House of the Dragon
Westeros, 111. There are 170 years left before the birth of Daenerys and the collapse of the Targaryens, and so far their dynasty is at the height of its power. A family that owns a dozen dragons is not in danger of being challenged.
His name was Cat. Just a Cat. Or "Hey, get out!" At least that's how the residents of the area addressed him. He was of an inexplicable dirty gray color, short coarse hair fell out in places, exposing unprotected bald spots. The brutal street life left its mark on him. His muzzle was slashed in three places, one ear was half bitten off, and the tip of the other one hung dejectedly. Muddy green eyes constantly watered, dirt and disease accumulated in their corners.
The Sandman Review
A dense epic and inexhaustible humanism in the adaptation of the cult comic book by Neil Gaiman. Dreamlord Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) is mistakenly imprisoned by an occultist. After being in captivity for several decades, he is released without the artifacts he needs. The hero goes in search of stolen items and at the same time tries to regain control over people's dreams in the changing world.
A modern person is afraid to love. The modern person knows everything about fashion, how many calories are in a piece of white bread, how to pump up a beautiful figure in the gym - and if it doesn’t work out, you can hire a fat-sucker doctor and remove everything superfluous.
In middle school, my friends and I put on a play called Difficult Childhood. The script was written by ourselves. We talked about school, family, unhappy love — about everything that makes childhood hard. So, you can take the script and stage the play today. Nothing changed. But the main thing remains the main thing. There was a scene in that play about children’s suicides. We seriously studied the material. Read the notes that the guys left. We talked with those who managed to stay alive. None of them were going to die for real. According to the then statistics, most of the suicides occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. They knew their parents would be home from work any minute. And they thought that mom and dad would be on time, and at the same time, they would understand that something had to be done. We read these notes from the stage. And understood one very simple thing, banal to the point of contradiction. We ended this part of the performance with words that I still remember: “If we had named the real reason for leaving life, it would have sounded something like this: “ I lacked love. Love us while we are alive.”
We always need Casablanca
For half a century, critics and audiences have been trying to explain the phenomenon of Casablanca. Perhaps, there is no movie more beloved by the people. Only The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind can stand nearby. There was nothing fundamentally new or outstanding in the film directed by Michael Curtiz. Moreover, Casablanca, according to Umberto Eco, consists entirely of clichés. There are many explanations for the film's colossal popularity - sociological, political, psychoanalytic, whatever. But only one thing will always be true, it is pure movie magic.
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty is not only the most absurd but also the most scientific animated series in a long time. Under a layer of Easter eggs and sarcastic Rick's jokes, the creators of the show hid a lot of scientific theories — the characters encounter their manifestations in each episode. Let's find out what physical pitfalls and philosophical dilemmas this crazy couple tells us about.
War in Ukraine
I was born and live in a country neighboring Russia. Every day I hear about how good life was in Soviet times. Mostly I hear from people of retirement age. Young people like me no longer remember those years, we grew up on European values. We grew up with Harry Potter and Marvel heroes and believe in democracy, not socialism.