Maleficent

June 8, 2014

Magnificent Angelina Jolie as  Maleficent (2014) in the fabulous Disney rendering with stunning visuals of the Sleeping Beauty in a somehow different context.

A movie that makes you face the evil outside and most importantly the one within, and the realisation of the moment of betrayal when one’s pure heart begins to turn into stone. A profound message  if only one comprehends the point.

The wings as a metaphor. ‘I had wings once, and they were strong. But they were stolen from me.’ The anti-hero being the true hero at the end. A production worth its budget.


St. Joseph

June 4, 2014

IconBulgaria is famous for its icon painting but this is the first time I have across this copy of an ancient Byzantine icon on which St. Joseph is depicted with Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus.

The icon struck me with its open and affectionate radiance.

The narratives of the Gospels do not say much about him and in art up to about the 17th century Joseph is often depicted as a man advanced in years.

A portrait so human and divine.


Auguste Rodin in Sofia

May 29, 2014

Rodin1Rodin Metamorphosis’ will be open to the Bulgarian public from 30 May until 15 September 2014 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Sofia.

This project is a collection of the most famous works of the “father of modern sculpture”, as well as some relatively rare works that have never been exhibited before.

‘I think, therefore I am ‘ or I am, therefore I think, something to think about.


Cultural Types

May 12, 2014

An Englishman means what he says, but he does not say what he means. Linear-active, multi-active or reactive, find out more from Richard Lewis.

 

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The Other Woman

May 5, 2014

Some movies are so far-fetched from life that one cannot help enjoying very improbable and hilariously funny situations. Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton in The Other Woman (2014) make you laugh out loud almost at every moment. A sweet revenge of 3 women all cheated by the same man. And a most happy end, of course.


Divisadero

May 1, 2014

Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero is a novel about a family gathered by death and separated by love. Numerous themes, intricately related characters, places and fates. The narrative jumping forward and backward in time. 

“I come from Divisadero Street,” Anna (echoing the name of Hana from the “The English Patient”) tells us and then she buries herself in archives, “where art meets life in secret.” 

Divisadero, meaning ‘division’ … but also ‘salvation’.  or deriving from the word divisar meaning ‘to gaze at something from a distance.’ That the reader is left to guess.


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