Diana T., legal researcher, critic, writer, explorer, traveller

About Me & This Blog

  • Watch diversely,
  • Think critically,
  • Feel deeply.

DB Movies Blog is a film blog with a difference; it is aimed to inspire and empower film audience one post at a time.

A little bit about me: My name is Diana, and I am a critic and writer with a background in law and languages based in London, UK, reviewing films since 2011. Cinema has been a big part of my life since my very early childhood. My mother owned a collection of VHS tapes and I, being a child and growing up in early and dreary 1990s Russia, watched these tapes on the repeat (my favourite was FernGully: The Last Rainforest). Since that time, my passion for all things film has only grown. I believe in the power of cinema, in its transformative nature, in its variety and in its capability to change lives and the world through enabling people to think critically and to feel deeply about what they see on screen. Cinema is not only entertaining, it is important, introducing the viewer to different points of view, history, cultures and social themes, and inspiring the viewer in all sorts of ways. As Martin Scorsese once said: “Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our life time, we need to keep them alive.” 

My favourite film directors include Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris), Yasujirō Ozu (Tokyo Story), Robert Bresson (Pickpocket), Jean Renoir (The Rules of the Game), Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds), David Lynch (Mulholland Drive), Martin Scorsese (Silence) and David Cronenberg (Dead Ringers), among many others, and my favourite films are Diary of a Country Priest [1951] by Robert Bresson, Ikiru [1952] by Akira Kurosawa and La Strada [1954] by Federico Fellini. World cinema has always had a special place in my heart, and I am particularly interested in old French, Italian and Japanese cinema, as well as currently especially enjoying the works of Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Hirokazu Koreeda (The Third Murder) and Bong Joon-ho (Parasite).

I hope this blog will help to bring attention to films from different genres and countries and to foster discussions around various topics related to film. To that end, the blog provides in-depth film articles (I am particularly interested in discussing the meaning of various objects in film, and in film vs. book/another film analytical comparisons/possible plagiarism/copyright claims), movie trivia posts, trailers, coverage of film festivals and my participation in movie-related blogathons (I am a supporter of the film fan community on wordpress.com). Another distinguishable feature of this blog is that I provide in-depth, critical reviews of cinema of various genres (old and new, English and foreign-language, covering drama, science-fictionperiod dramathriller/crime filmshorrorcomedy and animation – see the index of all my film reviews here).