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A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Ancient Forest (Lithuania, 2017)

    An old-growth forest (also called primary forest, virgin forest, primeval forest, late seral forest and in British English ancient woodland) is a forest that has attained great age without significant disturbance and therefore exhibits unique ecological features and a great biodiversity of its ecosy...
  • Invisible Wings (India, 2018)

    Invisible Wings is a Malayalam short documentary film about a tea-selling globe trotter. Malayalam is one of the languages spoken at the southern tip of Indian peninsula. The documentary won the Best Short Film at Filmfare Awards this year. Deservedly. With little money but a heart full of d...
  • The Hurricane Heist (USA, 2018)

    The Hurricane Heist is the new Hollywood action film directed by Rob Cohen. Out of the six reviews it has received on Rottentomatoes.com so far, only one is positive. Even the only favourable review, written by Fred Topel, starts with a sarcastic comment: "We need movies where bad guys try to rob th...
  • Ferdinand (USA, 2017)

    In spite of the fact that the gist of the story has already been told long ago, both in a 1936 book and a 1938 Disney short, Ferdinand has surprised many animated film lovers, especially with its impressive character animation and voice acting. From the very start of the movie, the animation do...
  • The Rules for Everything (Norway, 2017)

    Norwegian film The Rules for Everything, written and directed by Kim Hiorthøy, has all the right elements for a good existentialist film, but those elements do not quite gel into a cohesive whole. As a directorial debut, though, the film shows the potential of its author and cinematographer to...
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Invisible Wings (India, 2018)
Invisible Wings is a Malayalam short documentary film about a tea-selling globe trotter. Malayalam is one of the languages spoken at the southern tip of Indian peninsula. The documentary won the Best Short Film at Filmfare Awards this year. Deservedly. With little money but a heart full of d...
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