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Holding on to Jah review

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 3 January 2011 05:03 (A review of Holding on to Jah)

“Holding On To Jah - The genesis of a Revolution” is a documentary film about the history and culture of roots Reggae music and the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica. It brings into focus the critical roles played by Marcus Garvey, and the 225th Emperor of Ethiopia, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie.

The film was directed by Roger Landon Hall and produced by Harrison Stafford, singer of the San Fancisco reggae band Groundation. According to the American director Jonathan Demmes : "Holding on to Jah is so very beautiful. The film comes forth with tremendous confidence, respect, trust, love, and commitment to truth and transcendent spirituality. Cinematically, I am all thumbs up! Every creative aspect shines in full effect. There are editorial passages and hallucinatory stylistic techniques that I have never seen before. I watched it, fell in love with it, and delighted to a second viewing."

The documentary features interviews with several veterans like Prince Alla, Bernard Collins, Pablo Moses, The Congos, Joseph Hill, U-Roy, Apple Gabriel, Winston McAnuff, Ijahman Levi, Ras Michael or Sugar Minott.

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Natasa review

Posted : 7 years, 11 months ago on 10 July 2010 01:31 (A review of Natasa)

Natasha is young Serbian girl, daughter of honest policeman killed by mafia, which reaches to the highest levels of Milosevic regime. Natasha is full of rage, determined to pursuit her own justice (be aware - this is not some cliché - her way is vary unique and claver). She is tied with various characters, confused in confusing times - dawn of Milosevic falling from power.

Honest and clever story. With a little bit of politics, romance, drama and thriller. Great cast - Tijana Kondic as Natasa (her first movie!) and vary convincing Nikola Djuricko as Marko and Neda Arneric, as Natasha's mother. Even Dragan Bjelogrlic as Aca (corrupted chief of police) is not bad as usual;). And, of course, Zoran Cvijanovic as Milutin - master of short roles again on film! He is truly one of the best European actors.

And one big minus for the film - pathetic ending. So usual for Ljubisa Samardzic (director). Yet another solid film, as Skyhook, shadowed with those unnecessary endings.

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Sheitan's Warrior review

Posted : 7 years, 11 months ago on 6 July 2010 05:07 (A review of Sheitan's Warrior)

The troubles usually begin when powerful things end up in wrong hands. That is how the Book that conceals ancient evil ended up with... Stanislav

That would not be a problem if the above mentioned Stanko was a good kid who helps old ladies across the street, not a bloodthirsty nerd-freak who wants to retaliate to his classmates. But the evil cannot be controlled...

The disaster could have perhaps been prevented if Batman and Superman covered the area of Belgrade; alas, the duty of saving the world fell on Cane, Tica, and Mirko – Stanko’s classmates with a full load of puberty problems in their pockets. The three of them will have to push through the jungle of bodybuilders from their class, half-mad professors, horny taxi drivers, alternative theaters and hungry vampires from heavy-metal clubs, just to face the demonic horror that lurks for centuries from the dark of ancient Serbia, and which not even the greatest heroes from the past could not restrain.

Which side would win, nobody knows – but one is certain: some students will never get to go to their Prom...

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Made in Jamaica review

Posted : 7 years, 11 months ago on 6 July 2010 01:21 (A review of Made in Jamaica)

A documentary about the Jamaican music scene, made in 2006, that is unselfconsciously celebratory about a culture teeming with energy and semi-absorbed influences. It is not just a matter of reggae being the country's "classical" phase, and dancehall being the more energetic sound. Jamaican music is ingesting rap and R&B to create something less stereotypical. A lively documentary, although it passes lightly over the ugly side of dancehall, and its boorish attitudes to gay men.

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Nebeska udica review

Posted : 7 years, 12 months ago on 20 June 2010 09:26 (A review of Nebeska udica)

The film tells the story of some folks in Serbia having to deal with the consequences of the war. Most of them don't have to go to the army (yet), but have to live between ruins with bombs falling nearly every day. Although the motto is surviving these days, they try to live a life as normal as possible to be up against the ugly face of war - each one on his own as it seems. One day someone has the idea to build up a basket for playing basketball. Although his idea is perceived as being fool in such times, soon all the youngsters and the older folks - parents and others watching the things going on in the streets - as well as a concurrent street gang are being attracted by the idea.

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