The frivolous nature of mass media entertainment and journalism often gets mired in petty, squabbling arguments about the nature of freedom. Let’s be clear, in the Western world we have complete creative freedoms. None of this could have been achieved as comprehensibly without the sacrifices and braveries of the inmates of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Today is Tuesday, 27th, January. We should be beyond thankful.
The ‘Golden Renaissance’ of television has been happening for a decade now, but when did it take that decidedly important step from great television to great television with social message? The Wire and The Sopranos both tell quite different destructive stories and carry socio-economic messages that are applicable today. They deserve as much lavish praise as is necessary.
There are very few moments in television that can go on to dictate an entire season, let alone series. The early interactions between Tony Soprano were metaphorical miracles which served to accentuate this fabulous program.
Andrei Tarkovsky, a name not immediately recognisable for most people, was a film director, scriptwriter and film editor. He is regarded as one of Russia’s most influential directors, with all seven of his feature films considered masterpieces in their own right.