Yugoslavia

Dictionary of the Khazars

7.0
"Hazāru vārdnīca" ir viena no tām grāmatām, ko es visticamākais nekad nebūtu izlasījis, ja nebūtu atklājis 1001 izlasāmās grāmatas sarakstu. Milorads Pavičs mani gan interesēja jau kādu laiku, bet viena lieta ir doma kādreiz kaut ko no viņa darbiem izlasīt, bet pilnīgi cita ir to patiešām izlasīt. It īpaši ja runa ir par tādu īpatnēju romānu kā "Hazāru vārdnīca".
2008-06-20 17:14:43
book, 1984

Time of the Gypsies

6.5
Emir Kusturica doesn`t have any fresh ideas lately. That is a conclusion I`ve come up with after watching this, one of his earliest, works. It has most of the elements that Kusturica has been using in his films ever since - there are gypsies, there is his favourite gypsie music, there are people running around in boxes, there are fragments from old movies, etc., etc. I don`t mean to tell that this film was no good, on the contrary - it was good. It probably has some problems with continuality - quite a few times it seemed to me that one scene had very little to do with another. Or I just wasn`t paying attention too closely, that can be also sure. Ok, this film is much more serious than one about cats but I didn`t enjoy it very much, and that`s what matter.
2005-05-09 00:00:00
film, 1989

Super 8 Stories

6.5
This isn`t a brand new feature film by Emir Kusturica about gypsies or Balkan wars. This is a documentary about the members of his band "No Smoking Orchestra" where Emir himself plays the guitar. What I didn`t really like about the film was that there wasn`t very much music in it. I`m not that really interested in all lives of all Bogdan Misinovices who form the magical 8 of the band. I`ve seen quarrels between band members in films before, and stylistically "Super 8 stories" surely isn`t groundbreaking. You see, I tried to watch it as another masterpiece from Kusturica, but I couldn`t achieve that - it`s not a bad documentary, but that`s all that can be said about it. Music is, of course, brilliant. Oh, the making of nude photos of musicians with their instruments was fun.
2005-03-22 00:00:00
film, 2001

Underground

8.0
Emir Kusturica should only make movies at home, and not bother to become popular all over the world. I`ve seen four of his movies so far. 3 of them were done in Yugoslavia/Serbia, one - in Hollywood. And guess what? The one with the most popular actors and the biggest budget did nothing for me. And all the rest - they were just top class movies. "Underground" is surely the hardest to bear among those 3. First, because it is a film where war goes on the whole time. The characters are still what you would expect from Kusturica, but the circumstances are just dreadful. Marko Dren and Peter Cerny are two real good friends that are communists and fight against the fascists in WW2, it doesn`t mean of course, that they`d be great people or something like that, on the contrary they are sick weirdos, that don`t care much for the others. But it happens that Peter and a group of his people has to remain underground hiding from the nazis, but Marko decides at the end of the war that he doesn`t need to inform his pals that the war is over, and they remain underground for 15 more years. Marko and Peter meet again in the Yugoslavian war of 1990s, where literary a brother kills a brother and a friend kills a friend. Of course, I read that this film is a support of the Yugoslavian fascist regime of Milosevic - but I also read and knew that already that stupid people are stupid people. And Emir Kusturica ain`t a stupid person, but a great film director, capable of creating a drama of a very high level.
2005-02-14 00:00:00
film, 1995

Crna Macka, Beli Macor

8.0
Šī bija filma, kas man atklāja Kusturicu. Iepriekš par šādu režisoru nebiju pat dzirdējis, bet pēcāk kļuvu par vidēji lielu viņa talanta cienītāju. Šajā darbā Emirs K. prezentē savu iecienītāko tematiku - rāda Dienvidslāvijas čigānus viņu priekos un bēdās, to visu ietērpjot trakā balagāna komēdijā. Šī nav intelektuālā Eiropas komēdija, kādu varētu gaidīt no... nezinu kā. Šī ir traka un jautra filma par čigāniem, kas vēlas precēties, par čigāniem, kas nevēlas precēties, par čigāniem, kas ir parādā naudu citiem čigāniem, par čigāniem, kas gandrīz nomirst un par čigāniem, kas tiek iemesti sūdu bedrē, par čigāniem ar nesmukiem zobiem, par čigāniem, kas mīlējas pļavā, par čigāniem, kas pērk preces no krievu jūrniekiem, par čigāniem, kas zaudē visu naudu azartspēlēs, un, protams, šī ir filma, kurā tu vari dzirdēt tehno remiksā ģeniālo "Pit Bull". Pārsmiešanās ir garantēta, un tas arī ir Kusturicas mērķis.
2004-02-18 00:00:00
film, 1998