27.05.2023 Serg LevineSerg Levine

A Very English Funeral

It is not difficult to notice that directors from different countries have their own special preferences in the selection of comedy stories. In Russia, for example, this is army humor and crime stories, and in France, of course, cooking and romance. But it would seem difficult to find a more inappropriate moment and place for […]
2min 53

Icon “Trinity” by Andrei Rublev returned to believers

Having become acquainted with a dozen angry posts regarding the return of the Rublev Trinity to the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, I could not stand it anymore, and decided to respond to these comments. It seems that cultured people sound the alarm in favor of all that is good, but at the same time they are too […]
5min 233
21.05.2023 Viktor AlksnisViktor Alksnis

War is Expensive

A US-made Patriot anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) lost all its ammunition while trying to shoot down a Russian Kinzhal hypersonic missile in Kyiv. This was reported on Thursday by the American Military Watch Magazine, citing Western sources. According to them, 32 interceptor missiles worth about $96 million were fired from the Patriot air defense system, […]
2min 233
18.05.2023 Sergey StankevichSergey Stankevich

Flight of the Boomerang

Joe Biden is Promised Impeachment. U.S. President Joe Biden faces the prospect of impeachment by congressional Republicans amid yet-to-be-arraigned charges of a “criminal scheme” to receive money from unnamed foreign individuals. Senator Chuck Grassley and Congressman James Comer, both Republicans, formally requested that the FBI submit an unclassified memo to Congress for investigation “depicting a […]
2min 261
09.05.2023 Sergey StankevichSergey Stankevich

And the Business is Becoming More Serious

Commentators, out of habit, were flippant about yet another row in the US Congress over the national debt ceiling. They have a tradition. The Republicans refuse to raise the borrowing limit, the government runs out of money in all stash pockets, the parties noisily quarrel, then at the last moment before the default they find […]
1min 278

Review & Opinion

03.04.2023 Sergey StankevichSergey Stankevich

Will Trump Do Time?

This question was featured on the cover of Newsweek last summer. Since then, a lot of work has been going on to implement this plan. Five investigations have been launched against the frantic Donald, in which he is being treated as a suspect. Riots at the Capitol on January 6, 2020, an attempt to put […]
2min 745

10.11.2022 Viktor AlksnisViktor Alksnis

Wishful Thinking

And yet, despite my age and thirty years of political experience, I remain a naive person. Yesterday I didn’t go to bed until 12 midnight, waiting for the speech of the President of the Russian Federation V. Putin with an appeal to the nation about the situation with Kherson. Although, based on the previous 22 […]
4min 2559

01.11.2022 Yuri ShekhunovYuri Shekhunov

An Attempt to Repartition the World: Who Needs it?

Now in the world it is more alarming than ever. In fact, it is on the verge of a nuclear conflict between the two largest powers. The stumbling block in tense relations between Russia and the United States was the special military operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. But what are the interests of […]
6min 2677

08.09.2022 Alexei SidnevAlexei Sidnev

Gorbachev’s Testament

It was in 2002, 10 years’ anniversary of the International University in Moscow. President Gorbachev was awarded an honorary doctorate degree. At the ceremony I was asked to speak on behalf of the Alumni. I thanked Mr Gorbachev for opening up the Soviet Union, letting us be free, for the opportunity to learn from the […]
2min 3035

31.08.2022 Viktor AlksnisViktor Alksnis

On Gorbachev’s Death

Gorbachev has died. I will not express grief over this. The only thing I regret so much is that he and his accomplices in the destruction of a great country were not brought to justice. In the period 1989 – 1991. I, being a People’s Deputy of the USSR and one of the leaders of […]
2min 3100

16.06.2022 Olga MakarovaOlga Makarova

Life Without a Dream Worth Nothing

The review of an animation: Detroit’s suburbs have been emptied by a housing crisis, but one house makes a choice. Among the deserted streets, boarded-up houses that were burned from inside out, and collapsing buildings, there was one eccentric house that did not want to quietly fade away along with the rest of the doomed […]
3min 3724


Culture & Art

13.04.2023 Yuri ChekalinYuri Chekalin

Seppuku and Death in Japan

“Where does all this madness about hara-kiri, bushido come from…” /From one Russian radio broadcast./ “… We must win honestly, We must live in the bright light, They will compose songs about us, Heaven will be hot…” “Sport Heroes”    “…Who knows what awaits us?  Who knows what will happen?  And will be strong  And […]
19min 533

Sincerity is somewhere inside us

Adult life is a strange thing. It often feels different than it actually turns out. As a child, you look at life with wide eyes. We stretch our arms to everything: to a flower and a butterfly, to a puppy and a kitten, to a cloud in the sky. We have fun and we laugh. […]
3min 1417

14.02.2023 Olga MakarovaOlga Makarova

The Attractive Force of Bad Luck

Opposites are known to attract. Because the heroes of the French animated comedy “Jinxy Jenkins & Lucky Lou” were doomed to meet, and, according to the authors’ intention, their meeting was to be completely random and completely captivating the attention of the audience. As a result, an exciting race of heroes in an uncontrolled ice […]
1min 1471

09.01.2023 Alexander LavrovAlexander Lavrov

Musical Art of the XXI Century

To begin with, in the 21st century, the convergence of academic and popular music has increased. If earlier in world practice, academic composers went into film music, now the trend is reversed – film composers and even computer game composers are moving into academicism. They write music for ballets that are staged in the world’s […]
10min 1827

26.12.2022 Serg LevineSerg Levine

The 1980s French Roast

In a fancy Parisian Café, an uptight bourgeois discovers he forgot to bring his wallet and bides his time by ordering more coffee. “French Roast” is a 2008 French computer-animated short film created by Fabrice Joubert. It received ANIMA – Córdoba International Animation Festival award in 2009. The storyline is very simple. A disheveled man […]
3min 1893

11.12.2022 Olga MakarovaOlga Makarova


Obviously, for the success of the film with the jaded modern audience, everything matters. And it all, of course, begins with the original plot. For example, as in the film “Johnny Express” by South Korean author James (Kyingmin) Woo. And, although before the release of the film, he was engaged in animation for a relatively […]
2min 2124


A Very English Funeral

It is not difficult to notice that directors from different countries have their own special preferences in the selection of comedy stories. In Russia, for example, this is army humor and crime stories, and in France, of course, cooking and romance. But it would seem difficult to find a more inappropriate moment and place for […]

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