The BackShop Journal

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

  • The Revenant (USA, 2015)

    There have been so many movies, especially since the 1990s, where violence seems to be its own raison d'être. Chopped fingers, severed limbs and buckets of blood are meant to shock, disturb and move the audience. In The Revenant, however, violence and blood is inevitable. It is the natural outcome o...
  • 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...
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Do We Live in a Dystopia?
The literary genre "utopia" acquired its name from the novel by the same title, published by Thomas Moore in 1516. Various authors have tried to imagine a perfect society and describe it in the form of a project, tale, or novel. Plato's Republic is probably the first known utopia, describing th...
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