My name is Diana, and I am a film critic with a background in law and languages based in London, UK, reviewing films since 2011. Films and film-viewing have always been a big part of my life. I watched my very first movies/animations (for example, FernGully: The Last Rainforest) as a small child in Russia in the very early 1990s (that was on a VHS tape), and my passion for films and moving imagery (yes, the seventh art) has never ceased (and, I hope, never will). I believe in the (transformative) power of cinema, in its diversity and in its capability to change lives and the world. Cinema is not only entertaining, it is important, introducing you to different points of view, cultures and themes, inspiring you, as well as capable of transforming you emotionally. As Martin Scorsese 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 film is The English Patient  by the late Anthony Minghella. Foreign-language cinema and directors have 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).
The aim of this blog is to bring attention to films from different genres and to foster discussions around various topics related to film. I also post trailers, movie trivia and in-depth film articles, as well as occasionally cover film festivals and participate in movie-related blogathons. I am particularly interested in film vs. book analytical comparisons and in possible plagiarism/copyright claims related to films. I believe that one of the distinguishable features of my blog is that I provide in-depth reviews on all kinds of films (old and new, English and foreign-language, with no genre left forgotten: drama, science-fiction, period drama, thriller/crime films, horror, comedy and animation are all covered by me); see the index of all my film reviews here. Feel free to follow me or/and leave a comment so we can discuss films together. And, most importantly, just enjoy!
I do not own any photographic content or images, video or audio-visual content used by me on this website. Care was taken to use only the photos/images which are freely available on the internet (for the purposes of education/review/discussion). Where relevant, sources used are provided and credited.