The BackShop Journal

A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • 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...
  • A Short Rumination on Time in Arrival

    In one of the last scenes of the movie Arrival (2016), the viewer realizes that everything intentionally presented and inevitably perceived as reminiscences is actually taking place in the future, meaning that the presumed flashbacks were, in fact, "flashforwards." By "cracking" the aliens' wri...
  • Perfect Strangers (Italy, 2016)

    People bear secrets. They don one persona in front of the others, even best childhood friends, and sometimes don't revert to their true selves even when there's no one around. Some don't even know who they really are. Often they assume a different character for every occasion and every person they i...
  • How to Train your Dragon (USA 2010)

    Despite a secure embarkment on the proven dragon-flying bandwagon, How to Train Your Dragon is a fascinating animation. We have already seen this theme a dozen times from Harry and the Goblet of Fire to Avatar, yet the film has a good story, a well developed boy-pet and boy-father, ev...
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A Short Rumination on the Hypnotic Effect of Computer Screens and Social Networks
Have you ever had difficulties walking away from your shiny laptop or smart phone screen? Do you have a site, like Facebook or some other social network, which you have to keep checking every 15-20 minutes all day long? If the answer is yes, it is not surprising, since looking at your favourite webs...
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