Belgrade in 7 songs

7 songs that capture the capital’s undoubtable, but even changing swag in the past 50 years 1963: Beograde – Đorđe Marjanović Đorđe Marjanović was the first post-war pop sensation. A trained pharmacist, he was the first Yugoslav star to gyrate around the stage and have a cult following by Đokisti, as his fans were called. Đokisti even started a minor riot in Belgrade after a … Continue reading Belgrade in 7 songs

Perfect Illusion: Gaga’s take on Obama Legacy

With hours to go until Obama gives his leaving address in Chicago, it would be prudent to pay attention to Lady Gaga’s most recent hit, “Perfect Illusion”,as it deals with the questions of Obama’s legacy in a very veiled way. I decided to lift the veil and observe Gaga’s well placed criticism. It should be noted that Gaga’s career followed a similar trajectory to Obama’s. … Continue reading Perfect Illusion: Gaga’s take on Obama Legacy

How to change your life and achieve your dreams: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the best show of 2016

These days we believe that following our hearts is a choice to be celebrated. We share inspirational quotes about “just-going-for-it”, try to make ourselves happier and wiser by changing towns, and share how #blessed we are with family, friends, or, often enough, photogenic avos-on-toast. In our pursuit for meaning and happiness we take cues from TV shows and films in assessing what to wear, if … Continue reading How to change your life and achieve your dreams: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the best show of 2016

Srećna vam srećna Nova Godina: Top lista novogodišnjih pesama iz Peak-Pink ere

(photo: Gorana Trbić, @the_bastard_camels) Svaka nova godina od Dejtona do 5. oktobra je bila obeležena Pinkovom novogodišnjom čestitkom. Kao i Pink, i one su se nastavile posle Miloševićevog odlaska, ali nikad nisu dosegle popularnost i kvalitet peak-Pink ere, koja se desila tokom poznog Miloševićevog režima. Za moju generaciju one su ono što su verovatno bili pionirski rituali za SFRJ generacije: kičasti potsetnici na detinjstvo. RTV … Continue reading Srećna vam srećna Nova Godina: Top lista novogodišnjih pesama iz Peak-Pink ere

The Mountain Goats: Soundtrack for Shit Times

If there is a definition of a crap time of year it would be November, more precisely late November, cold and grey, when you start with looking over what you’ve done (and not done) last year and existential despair starts sinking in. And if there was a definition of the crap time of the week, it would be Sunday afternoon, when you’ve already celebrated the … Continue reading The Mountain Goats: Soundtrack for Shit Times

High-rise (2015)

Very on-trend with recent nihlistic entertainment (Game of Thrones, House of Cards) where there are zero characters to sympathise with, High-Rise is vertiginous film about a very dire fact that is becoming apparent more and more these days: that high-minded efforts to create equality for the past century seem to have either been a veneer (in Western democracies) or a catastrophe (in communism). The film, … Continue reading High-rise (2015)

Welcome to me (2015)

It is no news that in our age it is rather cheap and easy to be self-obsessed: we broadcast the daily minutiae on Twitter, show the flitered snaps of our coffees, travels and faces on Instagram, and dump blogs on arts, politics and travel on unsuspecting audiences. Although it is probably since times immemorial that people searched for their identities and meaning by scoruing through … Continue reading Welcome to me (2015)

Youth/ La Giovinezza (2015)

Paolo Sorrentino returns to shining a light on the poor rich souls dangling precariously from the top of Maslow’s Pyramid; chronicling the beautiful paradox of questioning, from the top of the greasy pole of worldly success and talent, if this is truly all there is to life and, more importantly, if it is enough to keep you going. While La Grande Bellezza seductively examined lingering … Continue reading Youth/ La Giovinezza (2015)

A primer in lostness: Into the woods

For those of us who feel a bit strange wandering through the thicket of life (especially post-uni, pre-fully-adult), and occasionally (melodramatically, egoistically?) despairing about the choices (made, possible, or impossible), Into the woods, brings our woes to the big screen, by way of fairytales, set to a lovely Sondheim score. Inspired by a psychoanalytical readings of fairytales, it premiered as a stage musical in 1986 in … Continue reading A primer in lostness: Into the woods