Joint Ukrainian-Russian War Film Opens #1 at Russian Box Office.
Sputnik LIFE 15:45 06.04.2015
A Second World War drama about legendary Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko topped the Russian box office over the weekend, earning the equivalent of $3.26 million US, Russia's Kinobusiness.com reports.
Filmed in Ukraine, directed by Ukrainian director Sergei Mokritskiy, and starring Russian actress Yulia Peresild, The Battle for Sevastopol focuses on 20 years of Pavlichenko's life story, including her wartime travails through Moldova, Odessa, and eventually, Sevastopol, where she participated in the bloody eight-month defense of the city from Axis invaders.
Mokritskiy noted that the film was his attempt to right the historical injustice of Soviet and post-Soviet cinematography's insufficient attention to women combatants in the Second World War, pointing out that over 800,000 Soviet women served in the armed forces during the war.
Russian film critic Mikhail Trofimenkov recently commented in business newspaper Kommersant that in his opinion, The Battle for Sevastopol is "the best local film about the Great Patriotic War in the last quarter century." In the critic's view, the film is devoid of the usual clichés used in post-Soviet war films; its creators limit the use of special effects, avoiding an "insincere pathos", or the stereotypes of the 'bloody KGB' and the 'good Germans.' Built around the Pavlichenko story and "brilliantly played" by Peresild, Trofimenkov notes that the film places "relations between the human being and war" above all else, and hence is "not so much a military patriotic film, as an anti-war patriotic film." The film has an 80 percent positive rating on popular Russian film site Kinopoisk.ru.
The siege of Sevastopol, which took place on the Eastern Front between 1941 and 1942, is renowned among historians of the Second World War as one of the greatest examples of the Red Army's fierce and heroic resistance to the Nazi invasion. Holding out for over eight months over numerically and technically superior Axis forces, the city's defenders tied down much of the 11th German Army, preventing it from participating in the attack on Stalingrad in the summer of 1942.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 22, 2015 15:44:07 GMT -5
Child 44: Victim of Kremlin censorship or attack on Russia's history?
IN THE NOW Apr 22, 2015
Child 44 won't see the light of day in Russia. The movie about a serial killer protected by the Stalinist regime was pulled from cinemas, but will be released on DVD and online. The reason for the ban according to the Russia's ministry of culture - it distorts Soviet history. But isn't it just a simple censorship? Dmitry Linnik, political analyst is In the Now.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jul 22, 2015 11:29:37 GMT -5
Does Hollywood Work for the Pentagon?
TheLipTV Jul 31, 2015
The Pentagon's influence on a wide-range of Hollywood's television programs and films was uncovered by sypculture.com's Tom Secker through documents he accessed via the Freedom of Information Act. The documents reveal the Department of Defense's giant public relations effort to craft pro-war opinions in not only war films, but also reality television shows like AMERICAN IDOL and satirical comedies like VEEP. Elliot Hill and Mark Sovel go behind the scenes in this edition of the Lip News.
Last Edit: Jan 12, 2019 8:08:52 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Move Over, Marvel: Armed Russian Bear Emerges as an Action Hero.
Sputnik LIFE 17:15 16.04.2016
Russia has responded to the X-Men, Avengers and their movie adaptations of comic books by shooting a blockbuster featuring a bear armed with a machine gun, according to the news website The Verge.
It appears that the X-men and the Avengers should be on heightened alert now that Russia has decided to retaliate by creating its own superhero movie featuring a "machine gun-wielding bear," the news website The Verge reported.
With movies about superheroes produced by the Marvel bringing billions of dollars in revenue, the Russian film industry is poised to cash in on that success even though obtaining the money is not the only goal of Sarik Andreasyan's Zashchitniki (Guardians), according to the Verge.
"A Russian superhero film has the power to speak to its nation's values and history, the way Marvel superheroes have done for the USA. Which is to say Russian viewers might prefer to see themselves as the heroes rather than the villains," the Verge quoted him as saying.
Notably, the Verge touted Zaschitniki as "the closest a Russian film has come to capturing the scope and production quality of the Marvel Universe."
Interestingly, The Verge's Chris Plante gave special kudos to the sophisticated arms used in the movie, saying that "this blade weapon is very neat, and I imagine they could sell lots of action figures in the States."
GUARDIANS Official Teaser TRAILER (2017) - Superhero Movie [ENG SUB]
Официальные Трейлеры Apr 15, 2016
• Release date - 23 February 2017 (Russia)
Set during the Cold War, a secret organization named "Patriot" gathered a group of Soviet superheroes, altering and augmenting the DNA of four individuals, in order to defend the homeland from supernatural threats.
The group includes representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union, which each one of them have long been hiding their true identity. In hard times, they settled down to business and gather to defend their homeland.
Last Edit: Apr 16, 2016 9:50:30 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Russian Movie Industry Passes Milestone as Domestic Production Begins Substituting Hollywood.
Vesti News Dec 20, 2017
Today, in Moscow, the government council discussed the results of the outgoing year for the Russian cinema. The figures are impressive. The number of spectators in the cinemas exceeded 50 million, and the industry received an impressive amount of 15 billion rubles from the authorities.
Югославия. 1999 год. НАТО бомбит Сербию и отдает край Косово на разграбление албанским бандитам. Российская спецгруппа во главе разведчиков Андрея Шаталова и Асланбека Евдоева получает приказ взять под контроль аэродром Слатина в Косово и удерживать его до прихода подкрепления. Но этот стратегический объект крайне важен албанскому полевому командиру Смуку и натовским генералам. Группа вынуждена принять неравный бой с террористами. К аэродрому устремляются российские миротворцы и силы НАТО. Мир вновь близок к большой войне. Но командиру спецгруппы Андрею Шаталову не до политики: в аэропорту среди заложников его любимая девушка Ясна
Should have come out in 2014 and have been about rescuing the Ukrainian president...yeah, this should be banned, another retarded Hollywood movie. as for Ukraine, their reasons are lol..they staged coup and don't like anti-coup actions like in this movie..
‘Hunter Killer’ killed in Ukraine for glorifying Russia but may not make it to Moscow screens either.
RT.com 1 Nov, 2018 16:22
A Pentagon-backed Hollywood action film about an intrepid US submarine has been banned in Ukraine, apparently because it’s too complimentary of ‘villain’ Russia’s armed forces. The flick also faces hurdles in Russia.
Hunter Killer, which opened on October 26, tells the Department of Defense-approved story of the US Navy rescuing the kidnapped Russian president in an effort to avert World War III.
Ukrainian film lovers won’t be able to enjoy the movie on the big screen with their popcorn. The Ministry of Culture has reportedly outlawed the film – not because it’s mindless, CGI explosion-filled Pentagon war-porn – but rather because the movie allegedly demonstrates “the might of the army of the aggressor country of Russia,” which is obviously a big no-no under Ukrainian law.
The film has also hit some road bumps in Russia. Although screenings were scheduled to begin this week, Russia’s Ministry of Culture is still in the process of certifying the film for release in Russian theaters.
Although most war-related Hollywood films – especially ones that paint the United States in a favorable light – receive assistance from the Pentagon, Hunter Killer has taken the worrying nexus between Hollywood and the US military to the next level. The film’s official production notes openly boast that “the filmmakers secured an early agreement to partner with the US Navy in nearly every aspect of the production.”
Hunter Killer’s star, Gerard Butler, was even invited to the Pentagon, where he held a press conference about the new film. The stunt left several media outlets in a state of near shock, with some pointing out that it’s been months since Defense Secretary James Mattis has held a press conference of his own at DOD headquarters.
US nuclear subs in Russia’s Arctic? ‘Highly unlikely’, Putin says, about surreal Hollywood flick.
RT.com 1 Dec, 2018 23:23
No US submarine would ever be allowed near Russia’s Arctic shores, Putin has stated, ridiculing the plot of a recent Hollywood movie in which an American sub captain rescues a Russian leader captured by military coup plotters.
Putin found the story line of Donovan Marsh's ‘Hunter Killer’ blockbuster a “highly unlikely” scenario, to say the least, when, at the end of G20 press conference, he was suddenly asked what he thinks about the plot where an American Virginia-class submarine docks at a Russian Arctic base after rescuing a Russian President from captivity, preventing a military coup and averting World War III.
“We had two small US boats donated to Ukraine, which could not pass the Kerch Strait. And you want a nuclear sub to enter our base?”
“This is a highly unlikely scenario. Surreal!,” he added with a smile.
Putin was referring to a real-life incident in the Kerch Strait, where last weekend three Ukrainian Navy ships tried to break through Russian territorial waters without seeking the proper permission and were intercepted, following a tense stand-off and altercation with the border guard.
The suggested movie plot thus sounds increasingly fictional, considering the fact that Russia this week updated its navigation rules for foreign warships attempting to sail along the Northern Sea Route. Starting next year, third party warships traveling through the Russian Arctic will be obliged to give prior notification to the Defense Ministry. Exploration of the Arctic and protection of the northern frontiers have become one of the priorities for the Russian government and military in recent years.
Last Edit: Dec 2, 2018 4:42:50 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Use Hollywood films to counter China & Russia: Integrity Initiative psyop plan exposed in new leaks.
RT.com 6 Jan, 2019 22:20
UK-backed covert influence network apparently planned to use its connections to ensure Hollywood and foreign-language films put out a pro-Western message and sought to influence awards like the Oscars and Baftas, show leaked docs.
“We need to refocus and reenergize 'Western' entertainment to combat increasing authoritarianism and illiberal tendencies worldwide, how to go about doing so BUT without it being 'propaganda',” states an undated “Memorandum” uploaded online last week, in the fourth tranche of leaks from the international Foreign Office-funded Integrity Initiative.
The PDF document title bears the name of Victor Madeira, a leading researcher at the Institute for Statecraft, the parent body of Integrity Initiative, who has featured extensively in files that have been anonymously leaked online since early November.
World no longer believes in President Bill Pullman
It begins with concern at China’s growing grasp on US media assets. AMC Theaters, the second-largest American cinema chain, film studio Legendary, Dick Clark Productions, which puts on the Golden Globes, are just several companies that have been bought – often at premium prices – by Chinese investors in the past decade.
“Films critical of Beijing/China's past or present policies are not as easy to make any more or, if they are made, they won't now be carried by Chinese-owned US cinema chains,” writes the author.
“If studios know their bottom-line is going to be affected by taking on politically sensitive projects, they will self-censor. Job done.”
The author acknowledges that selling liberal democratic values is an uphill task, not only due to fear of losing money – Hollywood is “increasingly driven purely by financial considerations” – but also because audiences are “no longer receptive to or interested in such content” in a “polarised” world.
‘Coordinating’ output messaging
While the compiler of the report appears to be stumped at the unintended consequences of the capitalist system the West itself helped spread, and which is now being used against it by China, they are not without solutions. Specifically, that producers and writers must be politically educated by agents of influence to put in the “correct” message in their films.
“Get actual experts like e.g. [writer] Martha Bayles and [academic] Nick Cull to articulate how US and other global entertainment powerhouses, either on their own or in collaboration, can improve and 'coordinate' so that output messaging converges to bolster shared democratic values but with locally-relevant content,” says the memorandum.
Agents representing Integrity Initiative’s interests could appear “before relevant government committees,” while the memorandum suggests to “not just focus on outputs but also on the vast surrounding network of events, institutions and sub-communities.”
“Think of the global reach/impact of e.g. the Oscars, the Grammys, the Brits, the BAFTAs, the Film Academy, etc.” it reads.
And rather than just focusing on the US, those involved could work with emerging foreign film industries, which are presumably less money-driven, and more credible in the eyes of foreign audiences.
“Even Russian and Chinese entertainment communities should not be out of bounds for 'Western' support,” writes the author, citing Leviathan, the critical Oscar-nominated Russian film from 2014, which was ironically part-funded by the Russian government.
The author is presumably planning to fund these networking efforts with the £2 million ($2.5 million) acquired from the Foreign Office, as has now been acknowledged, along with the money Integrity Initiative receives from NATO. Think of the FSB providing support for political filmmakers working in the US as the mirror equivalent. If Robert Mueller discovered that the latest Michael Moore documentary criticizing the political establishment was made with help Kremlin money, would that be considered similarly fair game?
Heroes in White Helmets?
Integrity Initiative has acknowledged that its documents were “hacked,” but issued a double denial of the validity of the files recovered, saying they may not be genuine, but also “dated and never used.” Even if real, it is tempting to dismiss the memorandum as a piece of bedroom fantasy – frustrated spooks dreaming of pulling the strings of multi-billion conglomerates.
It’s all just too far-fetched: after all it wouldn’t be possible to suggest to multi-billion conglomerate Neflix that they should make an uncritical documentary film about the (Western-funded) White Helmets in Syria, and then have that documentary put forward for an Oscar nomination, which it captures, thus sealing the story of heroism, forever available in 21 languages.
No one is saying that Integrity Initiative is stuffing Oscar ballots, or brainwashing George Clooney, but a nudge there, a little Hollywood heart-bleeding here, a dash of newsworthiness on top of it, and next you are watching Rambo III about the heroic mujahideen fighting the Soviets, or Rocky IV, and cheering against Ivan Drago. Or closer to the present day, would McMafia, a 2018 US-UK series about international Russian crime, based on a 2008 book, be as readily commissioned five years ago?
Maybe in the future, if you enjoy an as-yet-unproduced “morally ambiguous” show about Russia in the 1990s, homing in on the “the West’s noble – and ignoble – efforts to help,” don’t thank the BBC or HBO. Send your congratulations to the Integrity Initiative’s registered address in an empty barn in Scotland. Because that is the exact idea pitched by the aforementioned Martha Bayles to its director.
Martha Bayles' pitch to Integrity Initiative
hmmm...a bit suspect this other news, maybe has to do with that James Wan included the Russian navy, Aquaman rescuing them and make them look like good guys, irritated Hollywood..
James Wans Slams Academy for Not Including Aquaman in Oscars VFX Shortlist.
screenrant.com BY ANA DUMARAOG – ON JAN 03, 2019 IN MOVIE NEWS
Director James Wan criticized the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for failing to recognize Aquaman's impressive CG work after it has failed to be included in this year's Oscars VFX shortlist. Starring Jason Momoa, the latest DCEU movie introduces fans to the half-human/half-Atlantean hero, divided into two parts - on the surface world and the underwater world. The film was also tasked with introducing Atlantis, presenting technical challenges in bringing the underwater civilization to life.
Despite the obstacles, Wan and his team were able to succeed with Aquaman, which would explain why he's upset with the Academy for skipping in on Aquaman for the VFX shortlist. Among those who made the list include Ant-Man & The Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Welcome to Marwen, Ready Player One, Christopher Robin, First Man, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Mary Poppins Returns. And, while he doesn't seem to have any issues with other flicks that nabbed a spot in the shortlist, Wan feels very strongly that his film deserves its place in the selection as well.
On his official Facebook account, Wan posted a short message in light of the release of Aquaman. Since then, people have been flocking to his page to send congratulatory messages, and one of the latest came from visual effects supervisor for the film Kelvin McIlwain, who congratulated the director for a job well done (the pair previously worked on 2015's Furious 7). Wan then responded to the message by calling McIlwain and his team the "unsung heroes" of the project and saying that it's a "disgrace" that their peers in the Academy aren't recognizing that.
Wan and his team have every right to feel frustrated by not being recognized by the Academy for VFX shortlist considering what they were able to achieve in Aquaman. The details in every frame - especially in scenes set underwater - are impressive. Atlantis is majestic, but also slightly eerie, considering it's a surface civilization that's meant to have sunk countless years ago. The fact that they were able to come up with a crafty way to translate the Atlanteans way of living - not to mention the way they speak underwater - are already huge achievements themselves. Admittedly, not everyone was a fan of the CGI work in the trailers, but the imagery and visuals of the film overall translated well to the screen.
At this point, everyone outside of the committee who had a hand in the shortlist can only speculate what went down behind closed doors that resulted in the top 10 movies that made the selection, leaving out Aquaman. That said, while recognition from the Academy and industry people would mean a lot for those who tirelessly worked on the project, Wan, McIlwain, and everyone involved in the movie can celebrate its success all over the world. The film is currently tracking to be one of the most successful films in the DCEU thus far with a haul of over $822 million - and it's still growing.
Last Edit: Jan 12, 2019 4:09:11 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
TsarSamuil: Medicines aren't allowed to be sold on the market without a 15 year trial period, to determine short n long term effects. Sputnik just turned 1 year, others not even that, just months, how can we determine long term effects without the data from long term
Aug 24, 2021 11:22:20 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: exposure? Does anyone have a time machine to go 14 years or so into the future n come back n say whether we have good vaccines? Fear makes world abandon its own standards..Besides, vaccines for other illnesses that have been developed for YEARS actually
Aug 24, 2021 11:23:40 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: help. These covid vaccines are literally SHIT, why else do they demand you take 1, 2 n now 3 shots? The problem is also a disease becomes resilient if u administer a weak vaccine that doesn't do the job proper. Allow illness to survive just makes it strong
Aug 24, 2021 11:25:04 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: instead if we go by the book, we should all wait for a really good vaccine to take out the illness for good. Now...we may never get rid of it..but understandably the world economy has a hard time dealing with lock downs, but that is just needless panic
Aug 24, 2021 11:27:06 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: why Swe had fared well with country not being locked down? Because they are cold people, keeping distance was the thing before covid-19 was ever heard of, I hope world doesn't become like that, but some could use a little common sense n change in behavior.
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:12 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: It's no wonder covid hits so many Arabs in the country, stupid bastards..
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:38 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: If I go to H&M a new shirt, if an Arab wants to buy a pair of pants, not only is his whole family along, his friends, even his freaking grandmother is along n all chattering along in a big dumb group of ignorance..
Aug 24, 2021 11:33:05 GMT -5
Boro: Thx for the response. I'm not sure... It seems the vaccines work, at least people aren't dying of Covid. Those who get ill have a problem, it's not "just a flu". Maybe it's from a chinese laboratory, who knows...
Aug 24, 2021 13:46:55 GMT -5
Boro: I agree regarding Arabs..
Aug 24, 2021 13:50:39 GMT -5
Boro: Be glad, Sweden isn't overpopulated.
Aug 24, 2021 14:11:49 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: true, vaccines do help somewhat, maybe better than nothing..I hope in 2022 we can come out of this nightmare..
Aug 24, 2021 15:38:24 GMT -5
Boro: Horrible times, indeed.
Aug 24, 2021 15:47:41 GMT -5