The BackShop Journal

A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • 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...
  • Blade Runner 2049 (USA, 2017)

    Thirty five years later, Blade Runner, in the words of Jonathan Rosenbaum "far and away the best SF movie of the '80s", has a sequel. And unlike most sequels, it is not a disappointment. The impression is that its creators have taken some of the best features of the 1982 classic and added enoug...
  • Andrei Rublev: Life and Fate of the Cinematic Masterpiece

    Year 2016 is the anniversary of the masterpiece of world cinema, the film Andrei Rublev: the film itself is turning 50, and it's been 45 years since the fist showing to the audience of the entire country, i.e. to the people. However, some movie critics on TV channels and in the press have already...
  • Despicable Me 3 (USA, 2017)

    The return of one of the most colourful characters in all of animation industry is even more intense than the previous ones. The film tries to juggle three full stories at the same time, and only partly succeeds in giving each sufficient time to be comprehended. It is a carnival of blasts, maniacal...
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Voltaire and the Battle for Religious Tolerance
François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known by his nom de plume Voltare, was one of the intellectual driving forces that lead to the French Revolution (1789-1799). A writer, historian and philosopher of the French Enlightenment, he is famous for his attacks on the established Catholic Church and...
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