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May The 4th Be With You

Being already in its fifties, the most legendary franchise is going on through the Galaxy far far away. Except the new episodes, directors and characters its trunk is full with cartoon series, spin-offs, comic books and graphic novels, along with numerous cosplayers` groups and even official postal stamps of several states. But there is a strange item in this Millenium Falcon`s glovebox – it can be a treasure chest or a can of worms as well – I mean the Disney announcement of the forth trilogy conceptually supervised by Rian Johnson (the director of The Last Jedi). Let`s dive deeper in what is good and what is bad in the Star Wars universe.

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Ready Player One – Are Ya Ready, Kids?

Fantastically attractive virtual worlds, bare-boned devastated reality, adventures and endless horizon for imagination – all this can be easily packed inside a good book. That is why I was a bit suspicious about screen adaptation of Ernest Cline`s Ready Player One. The book filled with sultry links to 1980ies` pop culture up to full capacity seemed unreal not only due to its plotline, but also in terms of screening-ability, let`s put it this way. A reader is not limited in his fantasy, each person interprets the author`s style and context in a unique way, while the film sets the exact visual frame and shapes its own reality. Luckily it was Steven Spielberg to take the helm, and, with a dream team of brilliant cast and his talent to ignite the screen with any fairytale he managed to create the film that deserves all highest rankings.

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A Spielberg`s Year By Cinematic Calendar

Steven Spielberg entered 2018 with two films ready to impress the audience worldwide: the Academy Award Nominee The Post and the pop-culture praise of 1980ies Ready Player One. Absolutely different, but both attention-drawers, the two films reaffirmed the director`s image as a multidimensional artist who can incarnate any idea of any genre on screen.

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‘Song Of Granite’ – meeting Richard Kendrick, Director of Photography

There hardly could be something more Irish than endless and pure Connemara landscapes and traditional sean-nós singing that releases the very soul of the Emerald Island. This year Moscow Irish Week hosted the 11th Irish Film Fest that brought Gaelic-speaking Song Of Granite on screen. The film by Pat Collins rebuilds the biography of famous sean-nós singer Joe Heaney (Seosamh Ó hÉanaí) who spent his life wandering the world with motherland in his heart and deep affection to Irish tradition in his unique singing.

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90th Oscar: The Winner Shapes It All

Another Academy Award season is over. The winner unveiled: Guillermo Del Toro`s nets double with The Shape Of Water. The film has received 13 nominations with 4 won, including Best Picture and Directing. Another Academy fave, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, has brought the award to Frances McDormand as Leading Actress and Sam Rockwell as Supporting Actor. It was quite a battle: the film has two Supporting Actor noms, for Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, but the striking performance in Officer Dixon`s role made Sam win. Another well-deserved, long-awaited and highly appreciated winning nomination was Best Actor that went to Gary Oldman for his brilliant, smart and witty Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. All listed above were more or less predictable, but what surprises was Oscar-2018 hiding, and who turned out to be a loser this time – let`s have a quick look.

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The Last Jedi: A Way Out Of The Galaxy Far Far Away?

The legend franchise ever has released maybe the most ambivalent episode in its long-lasting history. The audience has split into two camps: the ones who accepted Episode VIII positively with all its exceptions from the Galaxy Far Far Away, and those who stood sceptical about some innovations. Anyway, there is no one indifferent to Rian Johnson`s vision of Star Wars. With numerous surprises inside, the film undoubtedly received four Academy Award Nominations this year and pretends to win some if not all of them. But what does these surprises mean to the future of Star Wars, and were these last Jedi the very last drop in the ocean of Star Wars canon? No spoilers, just some thoughts out loud.

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A Cold War Fairy Tale

I`m not good at fantasy, nor at its literature angle, either at a cinematic one. To my mind, films about real life, true feelings, events, past and current, are better. The very idea of making a film around a person`s story looks more honest and attractive. The ones we loved. The ones we betrayed. The ones we even killed. Everything, but real.

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Three Billboards Inside Academy Award Perspective

Psychological criminal drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) has already won numerous awards, including Best Screenplay at the 74th Venice Film Festival, four Golden Globes, and got six Academy Award Nominations. Film director Martin McDonagh assumed a co-producer position in his third full length project after In Bruges (2007) and Seven Psychopaths (2012). He calls his nominee film “deliberately messy and difficult, because it`s a messy and difficult world”.

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90th OSCAR: Bets Placed

Time`s up for the Academy Award race. This year nominee`s list looks promising, all the films picked up by the jury are electric, remarkable, burning and stylish, there will be no one indifferent. Three BlogProFilm experts decided to try their luck and movie industry knowledge and place their bets in each nomination. Welcome to cinematic casino, we appreciate your opinion and stakes in comments.

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Pale Colored Final Portrait

Biopic and artistic circles are still attractive for filmmakers, and there is nothing wrong in here. Talented people are interested in other talented people`s stories and their odd bohemian lives. Acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci took another chance to direct a movie and decided to paint an emotional portrait of the artist who began his last portrait.

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